RECAPS: Beavs win 21-14

What the Oregon and Maryland media are saying about Oregon State's 21-14 victory over Maryland in the Emerald Bowl. - Updated 12/29, 1:26 p.m.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Bernard finishes career in style
With his 177 yards on 38 carries, Yvenson Bernard set an Emerald Bowl record for most rushing yards and attempts, en route to being named offensive MVP for the contest. The Beavers' senior from Boca Raton, Fla., vaulted from 10th place on the all-time Pac-10 rushing list into sixth place, passing Ricky Bell, Anthony Davis, Gaston Green, and Trung Candidate in the process. Bernard, who finished his career with 3,862 rushing yards, trails only Ken Simonton (5,044 yards) on the all-time Oregon State list.

"I wasn't even thinking about records or any of that," said Bernard. "It was all about going out on top, winning my last game as a senior. I can't think of a better way to leave the program." ... more from the Mail Tribune.


Beavers tackle Terps
What else isn’t new?

Another Oregon State season ended with another victory in a bowl game, this one 21-14 over Maryland on Friday night in the Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park as 32,517 sat through a steady drizzle that hardly dampened the enthusiasm of the Beavers and their supporters in a postgame celebration on the field ... more from the Register Guard.


For Oregon State, happiness is finishing on top, no matter where it is
Fittingly, it ended when Yvenson Bernard slammed up the middle, into a wall of waiting Maryland Terrapins. He gained his 177th yard of the night, and it looked like a lot of his 37 other carries.

And then, the final seconds drained off the clock, and Bernard was engulfed one more time. This time, by the fans, who turned AT&T Park into a mosh pit ... more from the Register Guard.


Bernard, Rodgers lead Beavers past Maryland
Pressed into a situation with little passing game, Oregon State did what it does best Friday at AT&T Park.

Yvenson Bernard and James Rodgers ran as if their lives depended on it ... more from the Portland Tribune.


Beavers run over Terps
Yvenson Bernard couldn't be stopped, and Oregon State's defense never let Maryland get started.

Bernard rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown in his final college game, and Oregon State pounded out a 21-14 victory over Maryland on Friday night in a rain-soaked Emerald Bowl ... more from the Associated Press.


A Bay Area bonanza
Oregon State fans turned AT&T Park into Reser Stadium II on Friday night, spurring the Beavers on to a sloppy but satisfying 21-14 Emerald Bowl victory over Maryland.

OSU coach Mike Riley said it felt like a home game, with many in the crowd of 32,517 wearing orange and black ...  more from The Oregonian.


Defense, as usual, stands tall for OSU
A sequence in the third quarter of Friday's Emerald Bowl encapsulated Oregon State's season.

The Beavers' offense had sputtered again, then Alexis Serna shanked a punt that went 11 yards ... more from The Oregonian.


Two Rodgers wouldn't be too many
The kid known in Texas as "Mr. Touchdown" played a high school basketball game Friday, then Jacquizz Rodgers scrambled home to watch Oregon State's 21-14 Emerald Bowl victory over Maryland on television with his mother.

Sure, the Beavers won for the ninth time this season. Yup, Mike Riley is 4-0 in bowl games as a head coach. Absolutely, Yvenson Bernard carried his team again ... more from The Oregonian.


OSU slogs it out in the lump-of-coal bowl
This is life at the low end of the bowl system's food chain.

The night was cold and wet, the game played before thousands of empty seats on a field barely wedged into a stadium built for baseball ... more from The Oregonian.


Beavers overcome poor play from the quarterbacks for victory
It's a fact that can not be forgotten when looking at the Oregon State football team.

How the quarterback operates is directly linked to how the Beavers perform ... more from the Gazette Times | Sideline briefing


Bernard comes up big again in his last game at OSU
When Yvenson Bernard was asked how his injured knee felt after Friday night's Emerald Bowl, he laughed and said not very good.

The knee ached going in and at the postgame moment pain was held off with the adrenaline pumping through him ... more from the Gazette Times | Report card


| From a Local Perspective |

Benard is a gem
Maybe modern medicine deserves a bit of the credit for Oregon State's 21-14 Emerald Bowl victory over Maryland, but the result was more of a testament to Yvenson Bernard's toughness.

Just 38 days after having knee surgery, the 5-foot-9 Bernard carried the ball 38 times and rushed for 177 yards at misty, chilly AT&T Park on Friday night. It's not hard to see why coach Mike Riley called him the toughest player he's ever had ... from the the San Francisco Chronicle | Notebook


OSU comes up big for Pac-10
The rain was falling softly late Friday night at AT&T Park. Black-and-orange clad fans from Beaver Nation were braving the familiar weather and storming the field after Oregon State's 21-14 Emerald Bowl victory over Maryland.

Somewhere, Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen -- not to mention every other lover or defender of Pac-10 football -- had to be breathing a huge sigh of relief ... more from the Contra Costa Times.



| From a Maryland Perspective |

Terps start hot, lose luster in Emerald Bowl loss
The game plan seemed to be working to perfection for quarterback Chris Turner and the Maryland Terrapins early in last night's Emerald Bowl against Oregon State at AT&T Park.

Three possessions resulted in two touchdown passes for Turner, including a 63-yarder to Darrius Heyward-Bey and a 9-yard score to Isaiah Williams ... more from the Baltimore Sun.


Terps look to move past inconsistent 2007 season
It didn't take long for Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen to issue his first mandate for next season.

"We're going to raise our game to a whole 'nother level. They'd better bring their 'A' game because I'm going to bring mine,'' Friedgen said after the Terps closed their season with a 21-14 loss to Oregon State in Friday night's Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park. "We're going to get back to where we need to be." ... more from the Balitmore Sun.


Emerald Bowl a microcosm of Terps' up-down year
The now-concluded Maryland season should go down in its history as the Year of the Tease, even more than the three previous seasons. And last night's Emerald Bowl was their season in a nutshell - a 60-minute tease.

In the long run, the Terps did remind you that they were, after all, a .500 team, and now a below-.500 team, for the third time in four years. You saw all their promise and all the ways they can let you down in one night, against an Oregon State team that was better, but not that much better ... more from the Baltimore Sun | Photos


Familiar tune in defeat
Maryland traveled a long way to play an oh-so-familiar game.

The Terrapins jumped to an early lead as they often do, and then fizzled in the final three quarters of a 21-14 Emerald Bowl loss to Oregon State last night before 32,517 at AT&T Park ... more from the Washington Times.


Going bowling isn't necessarily impressive
What in the name of Jim Tatum was Maryland doing in last night's Emerald Bowl? What is any team with a 6-6 record doing in any bowl game?

Well, by winning half their games, the Terrapins became "bowl-eligible" by NCAA standards. Does this make sense? Of course not — but then again these are the football folks who gave us the BCS ... more from the Washington Times.

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