Beaver bowl history

Oregon State is 8-4 all-time in bowl games. Two of the bowl games, the 1940 and 1949 Pineapple Bowls, were non-NCAA sanctioned and therefore not recognized by the NCAA. OSU currently has a three game bowl game winning streak dating back to 2003.

::. 2006 Sun Bowl - Oregon State 39, Missouri 38
In one of the most exciting bowl games of the season Oregon State came storming back from a 14-point deficit late in the fourth quarter as running back Yvenson Bernard plunged into the endzone on a gutsy two point conversion with 22 seconds left to give the Beavers a 39-38 victory over Missouri.

Senior quarterback Matt Moore was superb in his final game in a Beaver uniform as he completed 31 of 53 passes for 356 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Moore was almost perfect on the final drive of the game completing 5 of 7 for 55 yards.

RB Yvenson Bernard paced the team with 97 yards on 23 carries.

WR Sammie Stroughter was outstanding catching eight passes for 87 yards and one touchdown while returning the final punt of the day 39 yards down the Beaver sidelines to give the offense excellent field position for the winning drive.

The defense had trouble stopping the Tiger offense as they gave up seven plays of 29 yards or longer.

The Sun Bowl victory gave the Beavers their 10th win of the season, second most in school history, as they finished No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 22 in the USA Today Poll. It was OSU's eighth win in nine tries.


::. 2004 Insight Bowl - Oregon State 38, Notre Dame 21
Quarterback Derek Anderson capped off his career at Oregon State by torching Notre Dame for 358 yards and four touchdowns, tying an Insight Bowl record, while boosting the Beavers to a 38-21 victory.  Anderson accounted for all but 20 yards of OSU's offensive output, completed passes to eight different receivers and was named the offensive MVP.

Tight end Joe Newton hauled in two touchdowns, earning ESPN Capitol one Player of the Game honors, while tight end Dan Haines and receiver George Gillett added one touchdown a piece.  Receiver Mike Hass led all receivers with five receptions for 105 yards.

Linebacker Trent Bray grabbed a game high 10 tackles and was named the defensive MVP.  Cornerback Aric Williams picked off a pass while Derrick Doggett blocked a punt that lead to OSU's second touchdown of the game.  Sammie Stroughter returned a punt 52-yards setting up the Beavs first touchdown of the game.

It was OSU's sixth win in its last seven games after stating out the season 1-4.


::. 2003 Las Vegas Bowl - Oregon State 55, New Mexico 14
In Mike Riley's bowl game debut running back Steven Jackson scored five touchdowns, tying a Las Vegas Bowl record, as the Beavers trampled the New Mexico Lobos 55-14 on Christmas Eve. Jackson ran for 149 yards and four touchdowns while adding five catches for 51 yards and one touchdown as OSU at one point rattled off 38 unanswered points.

Quarterback Derek Anderson completed an efficient 21 of 32 for 322 yards and one touchdown as tight end Tim Euhus led all receivers with seven catches for 121 yards.  Receivers Mike Hass and Josh Hawkins each had a touchdown as well. 

Fueled by Las Vegas natives Richard Seigler, Jonathan Pollard and Lawrence Turner the Orange and Black defense dominated New Mexico as they held the Lobos to just seven first downs, 127 total yards (six yards total rushing) and 2 of 17 third down conversions.


::. 2002 Insight Bowl - Pittsburgh 38, Oregon State 13
Oregon State managed only three points in the second half against No. 24 Pittsburgh as the Panthers held running back Steven Jackson, the nation's No. 4 rusher at the time, to just 34 yards on 19 carries vaulting Pittsburgh to a 38-13 victory.

Receiver James Newson lead all receivers with 10 catches for 165 yards and one amazing play where he kept his balance after being hit and raced 65-yards for OSU's only touchdown of the game.  Quarterback Derek Anderson completed 21 of 45 with one touchdown and one momentum changing interception in his first bowl game.


::. 2001 Fiesta Bowl - Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
The Beavers dominated No. 10 Notre Dame in their first BCS bowl game scoring 29 unanswered points in the third quarter fueling a 41-9 win in front of 75,000 plus fans.

Quarterback Jonathan Smith was named Offensive Player of the Game after completing 16 of 24 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns, two to Chad Johnson and one to T.J. Housmandzadeth. Running back Ken Simonton led all rushers with 85 yards and one touchdown on 18 attempts. The offense finished with 446 yards as Smith completed a pass to six different receivers.

The defense was simply stunning sacking the Irish quarterbacks five times while forcing three turnovers and limiting the Irish to just eight yards in the first quarter and 155 total yards for the game. Linebacker Darnell Robinson was named Defensive Player of the Game after recording seven tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, a pass breakup and an interception.


::. 1999 O'ahu Bowl - Hawaii 23, Oregon State 17
The University of Hawaii held on to defeat the Beavers 23-17 on Christmas Day in OSU's first bowl game since January of 1965.

Missed field goals and opportunities spelled doom for the Men in Black as kicker Ryan Cesca missed two first half field goals and the offense sputtered in the third quarter, before turning it on in the fourth. But it was too little, too late.

Running back Ken Simonton finished with 156 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries while quarterback Jonathan Smith completed 19 of 40 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns, but was sacked six times.


::. 1965 Rose Bowl - Michigan 37, Oregon State 7
Fifteen unanswered points in the third quarter by No. 4 Michigan put away the No. 8 Beavers in front of 100,423, the second largest crowd ever to watch the Beavers, on New Years Day.

The Wolverines' Mel Anthony rushed for a game high 123 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in route to being named Player of the Game. OSU quarterback Paul Brothers completed 9 of 17 for 89 yards and one touchdown to Doug McDougal.

The Beavers finished 8-3.


::. 1962 Liberty Bowl - Oregon State 6, Villanova 0
Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker accounted for 260 of the Beavers 309 total yards, including the games only score, as OSU defeated Villanova 6-0 in snowy, 25-degree weather.

His 99-yard run, the longest in school history, from the line of scrimmage came in the first quarter with 9:24 left to go. Baker also punted four times for a 32.5 average. Consensus All-American receiver Vern Burke chipped in with three passes for 33 yards.


::. 1957 Rose Bowl - Iowa 35, Oregon State 19
In Oregon State's second trip to the Rose Bowl Iowa rolled up a 21-6 lead by halftime and outgained the Beavers 408-296 for the 35-19 victory.

Iowa quarterback Ken Ploen completed 9 of 10 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown earning Player of the Game honors. OSU's Joe Francies lead the team in rushing and passing running for 73 yards on 15 carries while completing 10 of 12 attempts for 130 yards and one touchdown.

Consensus All-American Ted Bates played offensive tackle on the team.


::. 1949 Pineapple Bowl - Oregon State 47, Hawaii 27
Despite being having less yards, less first downs and less passing yards than Hawaii, the Beavers rolled to a 47-27 victory over the Warriors on New Years Day in Honolulu.

OSU running backs Ken Carpenter and Andy Knudsen led the way with two touchdowns a piece as the team completed only five passes, but for 112 yards.


::. 1942 Rose Bowl - Oregon State 20, Duke 16
A blackout on the West Coast following the attack on Pearl Harbor forced the Rose Bowl, the only time in its history, to be played outside of California as the No. 12 Beavers traveled to Durham, N.C. and defeated the Blue Devils 20-16.

Oregon State rode the arm and legs of Dan Durdan who was named the Player of the Game and eventually inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. The Duke quarterback was Tommy Prothro, who later coached OSU to two Rose Bowl appearances.


::. 1940 Pineapple Bowl - Oregon State 39, Hawaii 6
The Men in Black jumped to a 19-0 first quarter lead and never looked back as they racked up 452 yards of offense compared to Hawaii's 177 as OSU defeated UH 38-6 on New Years Day.

This was OSU's second game in the last week as the Beavs played an exhibition game versus the Hawaii All-Stars on Christmas Day. The team finished 9-1-1 with their only loss against No. 7 USC and a 13-13 tie against No. 13 UCLA.

All-Americans Vic Sears at left tackle and Quentin Greenough at center anchored the line.

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