OREGON STATE (6-6) IS GOING BOWLING -- and hoping to unwrap one of their Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. The Beavs will meet Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24. The news was first reported by the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Oregon State has a strong recruiting pipeline to Hawaii and will be playing their fourth bowl on The Islands.

This will be the Beavs' first appearance in the Hawaii Bowl. They played in the Oahu Bowl in 1999 and before that a pair of Pineapple Bowls (1939, 1948.) Oregon State won both those early bowls over Hawaii, but lost to Hawaii in the Oahu Bowl.

Boise State was the runner-up this season in the Mountain West Conference. They'll be making their second appearance in the Hawaii Bowl.

The official announcement is expected at 5 p.m. Hawaii time, (7 p.m. PT.)

The game will be played on Christmas Eve with a kickoff time of 5 p.m. PT.

It would be a double-dip for Beaver fans -- the men's basketball team will be in Hawaii around that time, too, playing in the Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22, 23 and 25.

The Broncos are still recovering from the departure of head man Chris Petersen, who announced this week that he is leaving for the job at Washington after eight years in Boise. While it was stipulated in his contract that Petersen was required to coach the bowl game if he left for another job, both sides have agreed Petersen will not coach the bowl.

Linebackers coach and assistant head coach Bob Gregory has been named BSU's interim coach and will coach the Broncos in Hawaii.

The game will be broadcast by ESPN.

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