What they're saying...

What the media, coaches, and players are saying about the Beavers 55-14 victory over New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Beavers' Jackson scores five TDs, says he will leave early for NFL
After taking all the drama out of Wednesday's Las Vegas Bowl, Steven Jackson created some after the game.

Jackson capped his record-breaking, five-touchdown night in Oregon State's 55-14 victory over New Mexico at Sam Boyd Stadium by announcing he will forgo his senior year to enter the NFL Draft...Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review Journal


Local star eclipses game's outcome
Steven Jackson demonstrated Wednesday night why he'll be making mountains of Andrew Jacksons next fall.

The Oregon State tailback and former Eldorado High School standout has hands of gold and legs of platinum -- coordinated by a will of iron and emboldened by nerves of steel.

As the New Mexico Lobos all-too-painfully learned...Joe Hawk, Las Vegas Review Journal


Lobos' focus gets blurred
New Mexico's attitude appeared different this year.

On their visit to the Las Vegas Bowl, the Lobos seemed intent on making this a business rather than pleasure trip.

All that extra focus got them was a 55-14 loss to Oregon State on Wednesday at Sam Boyd Stadium...Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review Journal


Think before you dis.  It may be worth 41 points.
Maybe the best thing the Lobos can learn from their 55-14 humiliation in the Las Vegas Bowl is that you don't go out and tweak a giant's nose prior to battle.

You don't disrespect a superior. You don't make the big guy mad. You don't talk a talk you can't walk...Richard Stevens, Albuquerque Tribune


Hobbled and humbled
The Lobos have proven during the last couple of seasons that they're a team to be reckoned with in the Mountain West Conference. But as Oregon State painfully proved to the Lobos on Christmas Eve in the Las Vegas Bowl, teams from the Pac-10 still pack a more powerful punch.

What has been considered one of the best teams in University of New Mexico history strutted into the Las Vegas Bowl with its chest puffed out. The Lobos walked off the field at Sam Boyd Stadium with their pride kicked in after a 55-14 loss...Brad Moore, Albuquerque Tribune


Lobos' big line didn't save them from OSU's speed
The University of New Mexico offensive line came into the Las Vegas Bowl billed as one of the best, if not the best, in the history of Lobos football.

That didn't mean much to the Oregon State Beavers, who tossed around one of the biggest offensive lines in the country like a sack of potatoes...Brad Moore, Albuquerque Tribune


Oregon State's players vowed throughout the preparation period leading up to the Las Vegas Bowl that they'd be focused, composed and ready to rock once they hit Sin City.

On Wednesday, the Beavers backed up that promise with a scintillating 55-14 blowout of New Mexico before an announced crowd of 25,434 at Sam Boyd Stadium...Brooks Hatch, Corvallis Gazette Times


Jackson lights up Las Vegas
The game felt as much like a celebration of home-grown excellence as a spectacular goodbye. For Steven Jackson, the incomparable Oregon State tailback, the Las Vegas Bowl was both.

Jackson capped his college career with an NCAA bowl-record-tying five touchdowns, leading the Beavers to a 55-14 victory over New Mexico on Christmas Eve at Sam Boyd Stadium. After the game, Jackson announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2004 NFL draft...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian


In world of 'what ifs?', Erickson not leaving biggest
Bowl win raises expectations of success in future LAS VEGAS I t felt like a new day, but sure reminded us of an old one.

Here was running back Steven Jackson, camping in the end zone.

Here was linebacker Richard Seigler, chasing down a quarterback...John Canzano, Oregonian


Seniors leave their mark
All the talk about Steven Jackson's decision about the NFL perhaps overshadowed the fact that the Las Vegas Bowl marked the end of the Oregon State careers of 16 seniors, including nine starters, plus the kicker and punter.

The group includes some of the best players at their positions in school history, and they are one of the program's most successful classes. They helped OSU reach four bowl games in five seasons after not having made it to one since 1965...Mike Tokito, Oregonian


OSU running back dominant in swan song
There was very little suspense to the Las Vegas Bowl Wednesday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Oregon State punished New Mexico, plain and simple.

Oregon State laid the wood from the opening kickoff, crushing the Mountain West Conference Lobos 55-14 in a show of dominance that validated Pac-10 superiority and ended the Beavers' season on an emphatic note...Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune


Jackson stars in final show
Steven Jackson, just like Santa Claus running late on Christmas Eve, ran over, around and through a New Mexico team whose holiday became a bad day.

The Oregon State junior tailback took his hometown by storm, rushing for four touchdowns and adding a fifth score on a reception. He was the point man in the Beavers' 55-14 mission over the Lobos in front of a less-than-half-filled Sam Boyd Stadium crowd of 18,031...Bob Rodman, Eugene Register Guard


Beavers leash Lobos
In a record-setting performance against New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl, Oregon State tailback Steven Jackson left Beaver Nation longing for an encore.

But after rushing for 149 yards and tying an NCAA bowl record with five touchdowns in the Beavers’ 55-14 victory Wednesday at Sam Boyd Stadium, Jackson announced that he had played his final collegiate game...Gary Horowitz, Salem Statesman Journal


Beavers win; Jackson to leave for the NFL
Steven Jackson sure looked ready for the NFL.

Jackson tied a bowl game record with five touchdowns, and Oregon State’s defense overwhelmed mistake-plagued New Mexico in a 55-14 win at the Las Vegas Bowl on Wednesday night...Pete Herrea, Associated Press




Beavers star goes three and out
He had set a couple of new school records and a couple of Las Vegas Bowl marks, as well. He'd even tied the incomparable Barry Sanders for an all-time bowl record.

Nobody wanted to talk about any of that.

Steven Jackson had a couple of weeks left to make his decision, but following his historic performance in Wednesday's 55-14 win for Oregon State over New Mexico in his hometown bowl game, Jackson announced that he was leaving Corvallis for professional pastures...Bob Moseley, Eugene Register Guard


Jackson annouces he's turning pro
For three seasons with the Oregon State football team, Steven Jackson has been a bright burning light broken away from the shimmering desert glitz and glamor of Las Vegas.

Jackson returned to his hometown this week to play what would be his final game as a Beaver.

Jackson rushed for 149 yards and scored five touchdowns, three in the first half, as the Beavers rolled to a 55-14 win over New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl. His performance was good enough for the bowl's Most Valuable Player trophy...Kevin Hampton, Corvallis Gazette Times


Jackson decides:  It's on to NFL
Steven Jackson was Oregon State's three-season dream. Now, the Beavers must move on and the NFL will inherit the talents of Jackson, one of college football's best running backs.

After the Beavers' 55-14 victory over New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl, Jackson said what observers anticipated...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian

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