The Sun Bowl is played on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 11:00 a.m. PT. It will be presented in HD by CBS.
Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt is in his fourth year as head man of the Panthers. Under his tutelage, Pitt has won the last two against West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl, with the 2007 win a shocker that knocked WVU out of the national title game.
The Beavs will be looking to complete their third straight season ranked in the final Top 25 polls. In 2006, the Beavs were ranked No. 21 and 22 in the final AP and USA Today/Coaches polls, respectively. Last season, OSU finished up at No. 25 in the AP.
Pitt boasts a stingy defense and a sophomore running back, LeSean McCoy, who leads the nation in scoring. Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers (shoulder strain) missed the regular season finale but is expected to be ready to go in time for the Sun Bowl -- stay tuned, however, it could be a time before his postseason availability is known for sure.
The Beavs will be headed to the Sun Bowl for the second time in three years. In 2006, Oregon State beat Missouri 39-38 in a thriller. Beaver QB Moore hit tight end Joe Newton with 23 seconds left in regulation to bring the Beavs to within a point at 38-37. Mike Riley then rolled the dice and Yvenson Bernard ran for a successful two-point conversion.
OREGON STATE IS 5-2 IN BOWL GAMES SINCE 1999
2007 W Emerald Bowl Oregon State 21 Maryland 14
2006 W Sun Bowl Oregon State 39 Missouri 38
2004 W Insight Bowl Oregon State 38 Notre Dame 21
2003 W Las Vegas Bowl Oregon State 55 New Mexico 14
2002 L Insight Bowl Pittsburgh 38 Oregon State 13
2001 W Fiesta Bowl Oregon State 41 Notre Dame 9
1999 L Oahu Bowl Hawaii 23 Oregon State 17