Oregon St. tops Boise St. 38-23 in Hawaii Bowl
Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns, helping
Oregon State beat Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday
The Beavers (7-6) stopped a five-game slide and set several
records in handing Boise State its worst loss in two months.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley said stopping the skid was the
biggest deal for his team.
”They’ve worked hard, they haven’t lost their focus even though
there’s been some discouragement, they didn’t let it stay with
them,” Riley said. ”I loved how they’ve responded all year.”
Biletnikoff Award-winner Brandin Cooks had 60 yards receiving
and a touchdown while setting a Pac-12 record for most receiving
yards in season, passing Southern California’s Marqise Lee. Sean
Mannion set another mark for passing yards, finishing 24 of 33 for
259 yards and a touchdown.
”When you win, you’d like to say it’s a good ending a good
beginning for the upcoming year,” Riley said.
Oregon State kept Boise State out of the end zone until the
third quarter, well after the Beavers had opened a big lead.
Reynolds had his first fumble recovery about 12 minutes into the
game when Scott Crichton stripped Boise State quarterback Grant
Hedricks in the end zone. The ball popped forward to the 3-yard
line, where Reynolds picked it up and ran it in.
Reynolds tacked on another fumble return in the second quarter
on his way to game MVP honors. Troy Ware caught a 6-yard pass near
the sideline for Boise State, but Larry Scott punched the ball out
as Ware was falling to the ground. Reynolds picked it up and ran 70
yards to the end zone.
Matt Miller led Boise State with 11 catches for 206 yards and a
touchdown, with most of the production coming after the game was
decided. Miller, who set a school season record with 88 catches
this season, was the Broncos’ MVP for the game.
Boise State’s most successful drive came in the third quarter
after Oregon State went 94 yards and scored a touchdown to make it
38-6. The Broncos responded with a nine-play, 76-yard drive spent
partially in a hurry-up offense. Jay Ajayi took a shotgun handoff
from Hedrick and ran up the middle for a 1-yard TD.
After the successful extra-point attempt went into the stands,
the mostly-empty stadium provided its loudest ovation of the night
in support of the fans who tried to keep the ball away from
security by throwing it around the seats.
Oregon State finished with 454 total yards, averaging 6.8 per
Hedrick threw for 382 yards and a touchdown, closing out a
difficult stretch for the Broncos (8-5).
Joe Southwick was sent home by interim coach Bob Gregory after
the quarterback was accused of urinating off a hotel balcony in
Honolulu last week, though he later told a TV station he didn’t do
it and was unfairly dismissed.
It was Gregory’s first major issue after taking over for Chris
Pedersen, who left the team to take over at Washington.
”I mean there were a lot of distractions for us, but we’ve got
a bunch of resilient guys,” Miller said. ”It was looking like we
were going to come out and play well and that just didn’t happen
Both teams started the game with similar drives, making progress
on big plays before stalling in the red zone and kicking field
goals. But Oregon State grabbed the lead for good on Cooks’ 2-yard
TD reception with 4:15 left in the first quarter, capping a 92-yard
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