LAS VEGAS BOWL: Sizing up BYU's ground game

BYU'S LEADING RUSHER, Harvey Unga, (cousin of the Beavs' Devin and Kevin Unga), didn't exactly bust out of the gate at the start of the year -- he had all of three carries in the Cougars' first two games. But he still crafted his third straight 1,000 rushing yard season. And although BYU is known more for their passing game, there's a reason he's BYU's all-time leading rusher.

Harvey Unga is about to complete his third season at BYU and it might be his last -- he's contemplating leaving early for the NFL Draft.

He already holds the BYU program rushing record with 3,396 career yards and is the first BYU player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three straight seasons.

His high water mark for the 2009 year came against UNLV in Week 6, when he rushed for 152 yards on just 20 carries in a 59-21 BYU romp.

UNLV is the one common opponent between Oregon State and BYU this year.

In Week 2, the Beavs' Jacquizz Rodgers carried 26 times for 170 yards in a 23-21 win.

Oregon State will head into the bowl game ranked No. 25 in the nation in rushing defense. A closer look at Unga's rushing stats and the opponent's total defense rank.

Oklahoma -- DNP
(109) Tulane -- 3 carries, 17 yards
(108) Florida State -- 10 carries, 97 yards
(73) Colorado State -- 22 carries, 113 yards
(110) Utah State -- 21 carries, 118 yards
(113) UNLV -- 20 carries, 149 yards
(85) SDSU -- 26 carries, 81 yards
(3) TCU -- 21 carries, 123 yards
(91) Wyoming -- 16 carries, 85 yards
(83) New Mexico -- 11 carries, 50 yards
(45) Air Force -- 11 carries, 67 yards
(57) Utah -- 23 carries, 116 yards

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