RECAPS: What they're saying...OSU vs. UM

What the Oregon and Missouri media are saying about OSU's 39-38 victory over Missouri Dec. 29.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Epic rally gives OSU 39-38 Sun Bowl victory
It had to end this way, didn't it?

Oregon State in a tough situation – hopeless, really – but bouncing off the ropes, digging deep, fighting, battling, and in the end, winning ... more from Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.


Late rally, gutsy call fuel Beavers' victory
Yvenson Bernard felt compelled to speak his mind. Why hold back now?

After all, Oregon State seemed down and out Friday in the Sun Bowl, trailing Missouri by two touchdowns midway through the fourth quarter ... more from Gary Horowitz of the Statesman Journal.


Elway inspires Moore down stretch
He was booed early in the season at Reser Stadium and later carried off the field by fans after leading Oregon State to a Civil War victory against Oregon last month.

Senior quarterback Matt Moore saved his best for last in Friday's Sun Bowl ... more from Gary Horowitz of the Statesman Journal.


What they said after the Sun Bowl
Here's what players and coaches had to say after Oregon State's 39-38 victory against Missouri on Friday in the Sun Bowl ... more from the Statesman Journal.


Beavers have a ‘Blast’
The Blast is a play call that will go down in bowl game history for the Oregon State football team.

It is a new goal line play coach Mike Riley put in for the Sun Bowl. It was a simple run up the middle ... more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette-Times.


Riley goes "all-in" when it counts most
Time spent near Sunland Park casino must have influenced Mike Riley this week because he was a gambling man in the Sun Bowl.

The Oregon State football coach went for all-or-nothing in the final seconds and it paid off ... more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette-Times.


Moore basks in Sun
Matt Moore stood next to Oregon State football coach Mike Riley on a podium placed on the Sun Bowl turf and basked in the glory of victory.

Sun Bowl officials handed Riley the huge trophy for defeating Missouri on Friday. Then it was Moore’s turn to hold the hardware. He help it aloft and turned to the fans cheering in the stands ... more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette-Times | Report Card | Sideline Report


561 yards of offense not enough
Tony Temple sat on a stage in a chilly tent behind Sun Bowl Stadium with a 194-yard stare.

Missouri's junior running back had just ripped off the second-best rushing total in the 73-year history of the Sun Bowl. His quarterback, Chase Daniel, had thrown for 330 yards. The Tigers had a Sun Bowl-record 561 yards of total offense ... more from Ryan White of the Oregonian.


Beavers' rally is two good
All in.

That was No. 24 Oregon State's gambler's approach to the 73rd Sun Bowl game, and it played out in spectacular fashion Friday in front of 48,732 at Sun Bowl Stadium. The Beavers stunned Missouri 39-38 on tailback Yvenson Bernard's two-point conversion run with 23 seconds left ... more from Paul Buker of the Oregonian.


Beavers' rationale: 'We might as well go for it'
The Beavers had time to ponder.

And the more they pondered, the more they rallied around the conclusion that they should go for broke -- and go for two ... more from Jim Beseda of the Oregonian.


Notebook The 183rd time is not the charm for Moore
State quarterback Matt Moore stretched his nation-leading streak of passes thrown without an interception to 182 -- a school record -- before he was intercepted in the third quarter Friday by Missouri safety Brandon Massey.

Massey fumbled on the play, and OSU got the ball back when tight end Jason Vandiver recovered ... more from the Oregonian | The Beavers comeback | Victory provides fitting end to year of the Beavers


| From a Texas Perspective |

Gutsy call gives OSU narrow win in Sun Bowl
With 23 seconds to go in a wild 73rd annual Brut Sun Bowl, Oregon State head coach Mike Riley -- down by a point and contemplating the unthinkable -- looked at tailback Yvenson Bernard. Bernard looked back at him.

Were the Beavers, after rallying from two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, really considering a two-point conversion to beat Missouri in regulation, rather than the automatic Alexis Serna extra point to send the game into overtime? ... more from Matthew Aguilar of the El Paso Times.


Fans revel in friendly Sun Bowl atmosphere
Wilma Cox of Oregon wore her lucky wig, a gaudy bright orange hairpiece she bought in Las Vegas.

"I wear it on game days," Cox said. "I've been a fan for 50 years." ... more from Ramón Rentería of the El Paso Times.


Oregon State quarterback rises to the occasion
Faith was beginning to run a bit low for those bleeding Oregon State orange and black late on this windy, chilly December afternoon in the Sun Bowl.

Hope? Sure. But, truth be told, not much ... more from Bill Knight of the El Paso Times.


OSU defense finally shines
The story of the 73rd Sun Bowl was written in a deluge of big plays.

For 50 minutes, that simply was a succession of Missouri receivers and running back Tony Temple racing downfield ... more from Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times.


Tigers let one slip away
For three and a half quarters, the University of Missouri had Oregon State off balance and out of sorts at the Sun Bowl.

Not every daring play call by the Tigers worked -- Oregon State recovered an onside kick at the start of the second half, for example -- but Missouri took a bunch of shots and enough landed to propel the Tigers to a 38-24 lead midway through the fourth quarter ... more from Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times.


Beavers' Cinderella season has fitting end
Sometimes Cinderella wears cleats.

Ask Oregon State. Ask Mike Riley. Ask Matt Moore ... more from Bill Knight of the El Paso Times | Sun Bowl Notebook | Sun Bowl Notebook 2


| From a Missouri Perspective |

El Paso fiasco: Win slips through MU’s grasp
If this wasn’t the football equivalent of Tyus Edney’s heart-breaking drive through Missouri’s basketball dreams, it was painfully close.

Mizzou’s 39-38 Sun Bowl loss to Oregon State on Friday hurt that much ... more from Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star.


Temple’s big day goes to waste
Tony Temple averaged 9.7 yards every time he tucked the football under his arm on Friday.

That’s the best yards-per-carry average in Sun Bowl history since Ben Barnett averaged 12.64 yards per carry for Army in 1988 ... more from Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star | Missouri report


MU leaves it to the Beavers
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel picked a bad time to call for his first coaching challenge Friday in the 73rd annual Sun Bowl.

Pinkel challenged a touchdown catch by Oregon State tight end Joe Newton that cut the Tigers' lead to 38-37 with 22.1 seconds remaining. Although the review didn't result in the officials changing their minds, it did give Oregon State coach Mike Riley time to change his from trying for the tie to going for the victory with a 2-point conversion ... more from Graham Watson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Loss proves extra costly for Temple
Missouri running back Tony Temple didn't say anything Friday when he was told after the game that he wasn't the Sun Bowl's most valuable player.

Temple had been the intended recipient of the award because of his 194-yard performance, just 3 yards short of the Sun Bowl record set in 1997, but Oregon State's late comeback swayed the award to Beavers quarterback Matt Moore. Moore led Oregon State from a 14-point deficit and completed 31 of 54 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns, a Sun Bowl record ... more from Graham Watson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Loss reveals chink in Mizzou offense's armor
As one more indignant gust of desert wind came whipping across the well-matted turf of Sun Bowl Stadium, Tony Temple walked slowly down the center of the field and cut one final glance over his shoulder before walking into the long offseason. With angry Missouri teammates all around him slamming helmets to the ground, filling the air with maddening curses or wiping away angry tears, Temple didn't make a sound and barely showed a hint of emotion.

What Temple saw over his shoulder was Oregon State quarterback and Sun Bowl MVP Matt Moore hoisting the crystal and gold Sun Bowl trophy and savoring all the other spoils of victory that Temple knew could have been, and probably should have been, all his ... more from Bryan Burwell St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Tiger Report Card


Stunned in the Sun
Add another heartbreaker to Missouri’s pile.

Six minutes away from a convincing victory in the Sun Bowl, the Tigers let a 14-point lead disappear against Oregon State as one gutsy call ended MU’s 2006 on the sourest of notes ... more from Dave Matt or the Columbia Daily Tribune.


Missouri loses thriller in Sun Bowl
It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

Oregon State came back from a 14-point deficit with just more than 6 minutes to go, to beat Missouri 39-38 on a two-point conversion with 23 seconds on the clock ... more from Ryan Gavin of the Columbia Missourian.


Despite loss, Temple plays 'amazing' game
Tony Temple said he thinks any running back could have played the game that he did on Saturday in Missouri’s loss to Oregon State in the Sun Bowl.

Missouri’s junior running back might be wrong. Temple ran for a career-high 194 rushing yards on 20 carries, which is the second most by a running back in the 73-year history of the Sun Bowl. Temple passed the previous bowl record of 197 by Louisiana State’s Charles Alexander in 1997 on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter, but on his next rush Temple lost four yards and the record. He was named the most valuable player of the game by CBS, which broadcast the game, before Oregon State came from behind to win the game and the announcers switched their pick to Beaver’s quarterback Matt Moore ... more from David Buck of the Columbia Missourian.

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