2008 RETRO FINALE GAME 13: OSU vs. Pitt

RECRUITING NEWS fast and furious the past week-plus temporarily interrupted the 2008 season retrospective but it's back and with the defensive slugfest to top them all. The Oregon State stop corps was in search of redemption in the Sun Bowl, and a final Top 25 ranking for the Beavers would be had if OSU could best No. 18 Pitt and slow down their All-America running back -- and did they ever.

Dec. 31 | vs. No. 18 Pittsburgh | W, 3-0

SHORT RECAP: It was redemption for the defense. A Justin Kahut 44-yard field goal in the second quarter proved the difference maker in the 75th Sun Bowl that was dominated by defensive play. DE Victor Butler was named the game's player of the game after grabbing 11 tackles, including four sacks which tied a school record. P Johnny Hekker was superb, taking home the special team player of the game honors after averaging 45.0 yards 10 punts.

KEY STAT: 0 - The number of points Pitt scored.

VIDEO: ESPN highlights

KEY QUOTE: "There was no one person who stood out. We had a scheme and we all bought into it. We wanted to go out there and prove we are a great defense. Everyone went out and played great defense. After what happened against Oregon, we wanted to go out there and prove we are a great defense.” - DE Victor Butler

Dig into BF.com's post game coverage: RECAP: Beaver defense shines like the Sun | WTS: Beavs victorious in defensive struggle | NOTES: "A good way for our seniors to go out" | QUOTES: "We slugged it out" | PHOTOS:Panthers-Beavers | STATS: OSU vs. Pitt



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