LV BOWL: Plenty of offensive firepower

LAST YEAR'S BOWL game for Oregon State ended in a 3-0 Beaver victory - a defensive battle to say the least. With OSU and BYU each sporting a 3,000 yard passer and a 1,000 yard rusher this year's bowl game figures to be the exact opposite of last year's post season game.

Beaver Bowl History

2009 Las Vegas Bowl – OSU vs. BYU

2008 Sun Bowl – OSU 3, Pittsburgh 0

2007 Emerald Bowl – OSU 21, Maryland 14

2006 Sun Bowl – OSU 39, Missouri 38

2004 Insight Bowl – OSU 38, Notre Dame 21

2003 Las Vegas Bowl – OSU 55, New Mexico 14

2002 Insight Bowl – Pittsburgh 38, OSU 13

2001 Fiesta Bowl – OSU 41, Notre Dame 9

1999 Oahu Bowl – Hawai’i 23, OSU 17

1965 Rose Bowl – Michigan 34, OSU 7

1962 Liberty Bowl – OSU 6, Villanova 0

1957 Rose Bowl – Iowa 35, OSU 19

1942 Rose Bowl – OSU 20, Duke 16

1949 Pineapple Bowl – OSU 47, Hawai’i 27*

1940 Pineapple Bowl – OSU 39, Hawai’i 6*

*not NCAA sanctioned

''This is one of the more intriguing bowl games of this year," said Oregon State's Mike Riley, who is 5-0 in bowl games as a head coach. "There are many connections between Oregon State and BYU."

Besides going after the same recruits on a regular basis there is one major connection between the two programs -- Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall played and coached for the Orange and Black.

Mendenhall played safety and linebacker in Corvallis from 1986-87, was the Beavers' graduate assistant from 1989-90 and coached the defensive line under Jerry Pettibone from 1995-96.

He was a team captain in '87 and was the winner of the Leo Gribkoff Memorial Award given to the team's most inspirational player.

“We look forward to the opportunity to play in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas and face Oregon State,” said Mendenhall who is 2-2 in bowl games as a head coach. “ I have a lot of respect and admiration for Mike Riley and his wife Dee and the job Mike has done at Oregon State.”

The Las Vegas Bowl meeting between the Cougars and Beavers will be the ninth between the two institutions. Oregon State won the last matchup 10-6 in Provo in 1986 and hold a 5-3 series lead.

OSU enters the game ranked No. 18 while BYU checks in a No. 14. The two ranked teams marks the first time the Las Vegas Bowl has pitted ranked foes against each other.

''Our committee is thrilled to be offering the best matchup we've seen in nearly two decades of putting on this game,'' said Tina Kunzer-Murphy of the Las Vegas Bowl selection committee. ''We can't wait to host two exciting, ranked teams in front of what we hope will be another sold-out crowd on December 22nd."

The Beavers are 1-3 versus ranked teams this season beating Cal while losing to Cincinnati, USC and Oregon. BYU is 2-1 against teams in the top 25 beating Oklahoma and Utah while losing to TCU.

On paper the 18th edition of the Las Vegas Bowl figures to be a shootout.

BYU QB Max Hall, a first team Mountain West Conference selection, has passed for over 3,000 yards in three consecutive years and has tossed 30 touchdowns this season while OSU QB Sean Canfield has eclipsed 3,000 yards passing this season as well while tossing 21 touchdowns.

"This will be a great showcase for two of the best quarterbacks in the country on a national stage in Max Hall and Sean Canfield," Riley said.

Both gunslingers complete over 70-percent of their passes.

Balancing out the offenses are BYU RB Harvey Unga, who has strung together three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, and OSU RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who has ran for 1,313 yards and 19 touchdowns this year.

Oregon State averages 32.4 points a contest while BYU averages 34.8, good for 22nd and 12th nationally. Each team's offense averages over 410 yards per game while each passing attack averages over 275 yards per 60 minutes.

Both schools have played in the postseason for four consecutive years with all four of BYU's bowl game appearances being in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Cougars lost to Arizona in 2008 (31-21), beat UCLA in 2007 (17-16), crushed Oregon in 2006 (38-8) and lost to Cal in 2005 (35-28).

The Men in Black have played in the Las Vegas Bowl before, back in 2003, when RB Steven Jackson ran wild over the New Mexico Lobos for four rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a 55-14 victory. (Watch highlights at YouTube)

 

NOTES:

  • TICKETS: MAACO Bowl Las Vegas tickets are available now to 2009 Beaver season ticket holders by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or online at osubeavers.com or unlvtickets.com -- deadline to receive priority status is Dec. 9. Ticket orders for all Beaver fans start Mon., Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. MAACO Bowl Las Vegas tickets are $50 each and each order will have a $35 handling charge. Tickets will be shipped by Dec. 15 via UPS Next Day Air. All ticket orders will be allocated using Beaver Athletic Student Fund (BASF) order priority.

  • The Cougars are the highest-ranked team to ever play in the game at No. 15 in the AP and 14 in the coaches' poll

  • The Beavers are the first ranked Pac-10 team in the bowl's history and its eight wins coming in are the most any Pac-10 team has had playing in Las Vegas.

  • The Las Vegas Bowl has sold out four consecutive years

  • The MWC and Pac-10 have met the last seven seasons in the bowl, with the MWC winning four times.

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