The Daily News - Dec. 24

Notre Dame, Insight Bowl notes, and men's Beaver basketball.


Brock looks to end Oregon St. career on high note
Oregon State center Matt Brock doesn't remember the Beavers' last appearance in the Insight Bowl fondly, a 38-13 loss to Pittsburgh in 2002 in what turned out to be Dennis Erickson's final game as the OSU head coach.

"We got killed," Brock said Wednesday before departing for Phoenix, Ariz., to prepare for Tuesday's Insight Bowl game against Notre Dame at Bank One Ballpark. "That wasn't very fun. I'd like to make a good memory out of it this time."...more from the News Review.


Wright wants win as cap to his career
After Oregon State's 55-14 victory over New Mexico in last year's Las Vegas Bowl, NFL-bound tailback Steven Jackson said he was "handing the baton" to teammate Dwight Wright. And it is tempting to say that Wright dropped it.

"We were real bad in rushing this season," said Wright, a fifth-year senior. "But a lot of it was things I can't control. . . . There were so many other factors involved. I tried to make plays when I could."...more from The Oregonian.


Irish move beyond distractions
Finally, Notre Dame wants to get down to the business of preparing for a football game.

But the circumstances surrounding the Fighting Irish's participation in the Insight Bowl against Oregon State are impossible to ignore...more from the Statesman Journal.


How can you forget the past?
Have we forgotten that Oregon State went 36 seasons without a bowl game of any kind from 1963 through 1998?

Have we forgotten that Oregon State suffered through 28 consecutive losing seasons from 1971 through 1998?...more from the Gazette Times.


Making his first start
Depth in the defensive line for the Oregon State football team has become an issue, but Alvin Smith said he believes the Beavers can handle the challenge for the Insight Bowl.

With Sir Henry Anderson not making the trip due to reasons unrelated to football, Smith becomes a starter for the first time in his career. It happens Tuesday night against Notre Dame in Bank One Ballpark...more from the Gazette Times.


Notre Dame's Baer interested in ASU vacancy
Notre Dame interim head coach/defensive coordinator Kent Baer is interested in the vacant Arizona State defensive coordinator job.

"It piques my interest a lot," said Baer, who was ASU's defensive coordinator from 1992-94 under then-head coach Bruce Snyder. "We used to live here, and I love it down here. It's a great program, and I've got a lot of respect for coach (Dirk) Koetter, his staff and what they've done."...more from the Tucson Citizen.


Come to Sac State Game, Stay for Insight Bowl
Not going to the Insight Bowl and looking for a last-minute present for your favorite Oregon State fan? Tickets to the Dec. 28th OSU-Sacramento State men's basketball game are still available, and fans are welcome to stay afterward to watch the Insight Bowl on big-screen televisions in Gill Coliseum...more from

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