Reynolds caps career with MVP game in Hawaii Bowl
Rashaad Reynolds got to celebrate the end of his college
football career with a lei around his neck, an MVP trophy and
bragging rights over a possible future NFL player.
”I told him I had more touchdowns than he had,” Reynolds said
he told Biletnikoff Award-winner Brandin Cooks after returning two
fumbles for touchdowns, helping Oregon State beat Boise State 38-23
in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday night.
”It’s crazy, you know, it’s bittersweet,” Reynolds said.
”That was my last game going out there with my brothers, but also
at the same time I was really Johnny on the spot.”
Cooks said the win meant a lot for the Beavers trying to break
out of a slump.
”To string along that many L’s is definitely a burden for you
and you just want to feel that feeling of a win again,” Cooks
The Beavers didn’t just win, they put the Broncos away
Cooks caught eight passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. He
extended his Pac-12 single-season record to 128 receptions and
broke the conference record for yards receiving with 1,730, passing
Southern California’s Marqise Lee.
Sean Mannion threw for 259 yards and a touchdown, giving him a
Pac-12-record 4,662 yards passing for the season.
”When you win, you’d like to say it’s a good ending – a good
beginning for the upcoming year,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley
Oregon State won six of its first seven games of the season.
Then a 20-12 home loss to then-No. 8 Stanford started a five-game
slide that came to an end when the Beavers (7-6) set several
records in handing Boise State its worst loss in two months.
Riley said stopping the skid was the biggest deal for his
”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.”
Oregon State kept Boise State (8-5) out of the end zone until
the third quarter, well after the Beavers had opened a big
Reynolds had his first fumble recovery about 12 minutes into the
game when Scott Crichton stripped Boise State quarterback Grant
Hedrick 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.
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.
”You just can’t overcome those – it’s very difficult to
overcome those versus a Pac-12 team,” Boise State interim coach
Bob Gregory said. ”That’s tough when we’re not on the field on
defense, but we didn’t make enough plays on defense either.”
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 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 yards, averaging 6.8 per play.
Storm Woods had 16 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, and
Terron Ward had a 9-yard TD run.
”That’s exactly how we would like to look, we want to have that
balance,” Riley said. ”We just frankly blocked better.”
Hedrick threw for 382 yards and a touchdown, closing out a
difficult stretch for the Broncos.
Joe Southwick was sent home by 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
It was Gregory’s first major issue after taking over for Chris
Petersen, 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
Gregory said he didn’t think the distractions affected his
”There wasn’t a loss of focus,” he said. ”I think we had
really good bowl practices, I think we had good practices when we
were here and again we just didn’t make as many plays as we had to
make to make a difference in the game.”
Both teams started the game with similar drives, making progress
on big plays before stalling in the red zone and kicking field
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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