Vegas for the Men in Black

Las Vegas Bowl officials announced Monday that Oregon State has accepted a bid to play against the University of New Mexico on Christmas Eve. The post-season contest is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.

"Oregon State has never appeared in the Las Vegas Bowl, and we look forward to this team showcasing their talent in Las Vegas," Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said. "With numerous players on the Oregon State roster from the Las Vegas area, we're obviously excited about the prospects for December 24."

Local interest should be high as the Beavers have eight players from the Las Vegas area. Running back Steven Jackson, linebacker Richard Seigler, and senior Lawrence Turner will have a chance to play in front of family and friends.

"I am very excited about Oregon State having the opportunity to play in the Las Vegas Bowl," head coach Mike Riley said. "The Las Vegas Bowl has a great reputation, and I think it will be great for our team, considering the fact we have eight players from Vegas. I also think it will be a great trip for our fans."

The Lobos and Beavers will meet for the third time after the Beavers defeated UNM 28-10 in Albuquerque during the 2000 season.

The Lobos finished the season with seven wins in their last eight games and are playing in consecutive bowl games for the first time in 57 years. Last year, UCLA hoisted the Las Vegas Bowl championship trophy after defeating New Mexico 27-13 before a paid attendance of 30,324, the second most in Las Vegas Bowl history.

UNM's head coach Rocky Long and defensive coordinator Osia Lewis have ties to OSU. Long served as the Beavers' defensive coordinator from 1991-95, while Lewis played for the Beavers from 1982-85 before coaching with Long in Corvallis from 1991-96.

The twelveth edition of the Las Vegas Bowl will be played at the 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium. Tickets are available for purchase at the Oregon State University ticket office in Gill Coliseum, or by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or (541) 737-4455. Tickets cost $50. Additional information about the game can be viewed at www.lvbowl.com.

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