What they're saying...

What the media is saying about Oregon State's 38-21 victory over Notre Dame in the Insight Bowl.

Final update on 12/29 5:00 PM PST.

Lame duck Irish stuck in purgatory
As a piece of modern art, the trophy with the spiraling football on top that goes to the Insight Bowl winner would make a nice paperweight.

Something to keep that $750,000 check from blowing away...more from Jason Kelly of the South Bend Tribune.

Five thoughts on the Insight Bowl
1. Be sure to light a candle for them
ESPN announcers Ron Franklin and Mike Gottfried might as well have been wearing Notre Dame leprechaun outfits with how they were openly cheering for Notre Dame. Gottfried all but started to cry when things weren't going the Irish's way while he struggled to be properly enthused for good Oregon State plays. Why?...more from Pete Fiutak of CollegeFootballNews.com.


Irish hardly look like their old selves
Imagine for a moment that Rip Van Winkle grew up in the Midwest, began his 40-year nap in the 1960s and awoke Tuesday.
And for the purposes of this column, let us further suppose that Van Winkle was a diehard Notre Dame football fan.

After acquainting himself with all of the modern marvels that had emerged during his long sleep, Van Winkle would naturally inquire as to the fortunes of his Fighting Irish...more from Slim Smith of the East Valley Tribune.


Beavers complete the comeback
The day before the Insight Bowl, Notre Dame coach Kent Baer called Oregon State one of the hottest teams in the country.

By Tuesday night, nobody was arguing...more from Rob Moseley of the Eugene Register Guard.


Beavers should look back and smile on this season
Don't hold it against Oregon State that, in the end, its schedule turned out to be laden with flawed teams.

Or that the last of them turned out to be Notre Dame, in the Insight Bowl, before 45,917 Tuesday night in Bank One Ballpark and a national television audience on ESPN...more from Ron Bellamy
of the Eugene Register Guard


Bowl blowout a fitting end for Notre Dame's fitful season
Notre Dame's football players had talked about playing the Insight Bowl as a tribute to their fired coach, Tyrone Willingham.

Alas, they probably demonstrated why some of the powers that be at Notre Dame felt compelled to relieve Willingham of his duties after only three years, with time left on his contract, a move unprecedented in the school's rich football history...more from Ron Bellamy of the Eugene Register Guard.


Fantastic finish
The most prolific quarterback in Oregon State history had a sterling performance for Oregon State in his final game, a fitting last hurrah for the senior from Scappoose.

Anderson led the Beavers to a 38-21 Insight Bowl victory against Notre Dame on Tuesday before a sellout crowd of 45,917 at Bank One Ballpark...more from Gary Horowitz of the Salem Statesman Journal | Insight Bowl Notebook


Passing with flying colors
And to think Oregon State coach Mike Riley thought it would be close. Thought there was no chance the Beavers could embarrass Notre Dame again in a bowl game. Riley was wrong.

Maybe Tuesday night's 38-21 win in the 16th Insight Bowl at Bank One Ballpark wasn't as convincing as OSU's historic 41-9 win over the Irish in the Fiesta Bowl in 2001, but it was convincing enough for the sluggish Irish...more from Paul Buker of the Oregonian.


Impressive win lets Beavers' seniors go out in style
The touchdown that opened Oregon State's scoring in the Insight Bowl was fitting for what the game meant to the team.

Derek Anderson threw a 12-yard scoring pass to George Gillett to kick-start the Beavers' 38-21 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday night at Bank One Ballpark...more from Mike Tokito of the Oregonian.


Anderson a winner in bowl, in legacy
He chased them out of the building. He ran them out of their seats, straight up the aisles and out of Bank One Ballpark. Derek Anderson, senior quarterback and stadium bouncer, kept throwing and dancing -- swinging his long arms in that woozy windmill celebration.

By the end, Oregon State's quarterback was taking snaps in silence, surrounded by nothing but smiling Beavers fans and empty seats, because all those loyal Notre Dame fans decided they couldn't take it anymore...more from John Canzano of the Oregonian.


Record Night For Anderson At Insight
Derek Anderson and Oregon State finished off Notre Dame's dreary season with a 38-21 beating of the Irish on Tuesday night in the Insight Bowl.

Anderson, in his final game for the Beavers, tied an Insight record with four touchdown passes, two to tight end Joe Newton...more from Bob Baum of the Associated Press.


Beavers roll over Irish
Haven't we seen this game before?

Oregon State and Notre Dame met in the 16th Insight Bowl Tuesday night. It was a rematch of the 2001 Fiesta Bowl - and a rerun...more from Andrew Bangato of the Arizona Republic.


Irish no better in Baer era
If nothing else, Logan native Kent Baer can claim to have lasted longer as Notre Dame's football coach than George O'Leary.

He also coached more games at Notre Dame than Mike Price did at Alabama or Rick Majerus did at USC...more from By Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune.


Reaching out
It may not have been the Fiesta Bowl, but the victory was just as sweet for this Oregon State football team.

The Beavers won the rematch in the desert over Notre Dame in the 16th annual Insight Bowl on Tuesday night, a 38-21 triumph before 45,917 fans at Bank One Ballpark...more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette Times.


Insight Bowl Notebook
Gabe Button was never on the field for a snap this season, but that doesn't mean Tuesday night's Insight Bowl meant any less to him.

The senior reserve tight end was stuck behind many talented players in a deep position on Oregon State's football team...more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette Times.


Anderson, Beavers pass Insight test; OSU beats Notre Dame 38-21
Hey, Oregon State could get used to playing Notre Dame in bowl games in this desert city. Less than four years after routing the Fighting Irish 41-9 in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, the Beavers spanked the gang from South Bend, Ind., 38-21 Tuesday night to win the 16th Insight Bowl at Bank One Ballpark...more from Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.


Oregon St. adds Insight to injury
It's 11 years and counting for the Notre Dame bowl drought.

The Irish's postseason losing streak now stands at seven games following a 38-21 loss to Oregon State on Tuesday night in the Insight Bowl before a sellout crowd of 45,917 in Bank One Ballpark...more from John Jackson of the Chicago Sun Times.


Beavers seniors finish strong
With Notre Dame's best pass rusher on the sideline with a bum knee and with Oregon State facing a badly scarred secondary, it figured quarterback Derek Anderson would have a special night Tuesday.

But Anderson can thank the Oregon State special teams for three touchdown passes that gave the Beavers a 21-0 lead with 7:49 left in the first half of a 38-21 Insight Bowl victory at Bank One Ballpark...more from Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic.

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