SPECIAL: Beaver bowl game history

THE BEAVERS ARE playing in their ninth bowl game in the last 11 years and currently hold a five game bowl win streak. The program is 10-4 all-time in bowl games though two of those, the 1940 and 1949 Pineapple Bowls, were non-NCAA sanctioned and therefore are not recognized by the NCAA. Here are the recaps of all 14 of OSU's post season contests.

2008 Sun Bowl | Oregon State 3, Pittsburgh 0

Blustery conditions and stout defenses grounded both Oregon State's and Pittsburgh's offenses as a Justin Kahut 44-yard field goal in the second quarter proved the difference maker in the 75th Sun Bowl.

It was the lowest scoring bowl game since Air force and TCU tied 0-0 in the 1959 Cotton Bowl.

QB Lyle Moevao completed 21 of 42 passes for 193 yards, but tossed two interceptions while WR Sammie Stroughter led the team with six catches for 88 yards. RB Jeremy Francis, filling in for the injured Jacquizz Rodgers, chipped in with 15 carries for 76 yards.

The Beaver defense was absolutely dominating as the unit limited the Panthers to just 178 total yards and only 2.7 yards per play.

Pittsburgh RB LeSean McCoy was limited to just 85 yards after averaging 116.9 yards per game during the season.

Defensive ends Victor Bulter and Slade Norris controlled the line of scrimmage with Butler grabbing 11 tackles, including four sacks which tied a school record, while being named the game's player of the game.

P Johnny Hekker was superb, taking home the special team player of the game honors after averaging 45.0 yards 10 punts ... more from BF.C


2007 Emerald Bowl | Oregon State 21, Maryland 14

With a struggling passing game the coaches put the offensive load on RB Yvenson Bernard and WR James Rodgers as the two combined for 292 rushing yards.

Bernard, the game's offensive MVP, ran for an Emerald Bowl record 177 yards and one touchdown on 38 carries just a little over a month after having knee surgery while Rodgers ran for 115 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries.

The drive of the season came with 6:24 left on the clock. With the Beavers up just seven points and at their own 1-yard line they proceeded to drive 91 yards in 14 plays to take the remaining time off of the clock and win their fourth consecutive bowl game under Mike Riley. Rodgers touched the ball five times on the drive accounting for 69 yards.

QB Lyle Moevao was knocked out in the first quarter with a hand injury after completing 5 of 9 passes for 40 yards. Sophomore QB Sean Canfield saw his first action since being injured in the USC game completing 8 of 14 for one touchdown and one interception.

After giving up two first quarter touchdowns, a first this year, the defense got stronger in the final three frames as they yielded just 224 total yards, including a measly 19 rushing yards, while limiting the Terrapins to just 2 of 11 on third downs.

LB Derrick Doggett was named the game's defensive MVP after leading the team with eight stops, including one sack.

The Beavers finished the year ranked #25 in both polls ... more from BF.com.



2006 Sun Bowl | Oregon State 39, Missouri 38

In one of the most exciting bowl games of the season Oregon State came storming back from a 14-point deficit late in the fourth quarter as RB Yvenson Bernard plunged into the endzone on a gutsy two point conversion with 22 seconds left to give the Beavers a 39-38 victory over Missouri.

Senior QB Matt Moore was superb in his final game in a Beaver uniform as he completed 31 of 53 passes for 356 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Moore was almost perfect on the final drive of the game completing 5 of 7 for 55 yards.

Bernard paced the team on the ground with 97 yards on 23 carries.

WR Sammie Stroughter was outstanding catching eight passes for 87 yards and one touchdown while returning the final punt of the day 39 yards down the Beaver sidelines to give the offense excellent field position for the winning drive.

The defense had trouble stopping the Tiger offense as they gave up seven plays of 29 yards or longer.

The Sun Bowl victory gave the Beavers their 10th win of the season, second most in school history, as they finished No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 22 in the USA Today Poll.

It was OSU's eighth win in nine tries ... more from BF.com


2004 Insight Bowl | Oregon State 38, Notre Dame 21

QB Derek Anderson capped off his career at Oregon State by torching Notre Dame for 358 yards and four touchdowns, tying an Insight Bowl record, while boosting the Beavers to a 38-21 victory.  Anderson accounted for all but 20 yards of OSU's offensive output, completed passes to eight different receivers and was named the offensive MVP.

TE Joe Newton hauled in two touchdowns, earning ESPN Capitol one Player of the Game honors, while TE Dan Haines and WR George Gillett added one touchdown a piece.  WR Mike Hass led all receivers with five receptions for 105 yards.

LB Trent Bray grabbed a game high 10 tackles and was named the defensive MVP.  CB Aric Williams picked off a pass while Derrick Doggett blocked a punt that lead to OSU's second touchdown of the game. 

Sammie Stroughter returned a punt 52-yards setting up the Beavs first touchdown of the game.

It was OSU's sixth win in its last seven games after stating the season 1-4 ... more from BF.com.


2003 Las Vegas Bowl | Oregon State 55, New Mexico 14

In Mike Riley's bowl game debut RB Steven Jackson scored five touchdowns, tying a Las Vegas Bowl record, as the Beavers trampled the New Mexico Lobos 55-14 on Christmas Eve.

Jackson ran for 149 yards and four touchdowns while adding five catches for 51 yards and one touchdown as OSU at one point rattled off 38 unanswered points.

QB Derek Anderson completed an efficient 21 of 32 for 322 yards and one touchdown as TE Tim Euhus led all receivers with seven catches for 121 yards.  Receivers Mike Hass and Josh Hawkins each had a touchdown as well. 

Fueled by Las Vegas natives Richard Seigler, Jonathan Pollard and Lawrence Turner the Orange and Black defense dominated New Mexico as they held the Lobos to just seven first downs, 127 total yards (six yards total rushing) and 2 of 17 third down conversions ... more from BF.com.


2002 Insight Bowl - Pittsburgh 38, Oregon State 13

Oregon State managed only three points in the second half against No. 24 Pittsburgh as the Panthers held RB Steven Jackson, the nation's No. 4 rusher at the time, to just 33 yards on 19 carries vaulting Pittsburgh to a 38-13 victory.

WR James Newson led all receivers with 10 catches for 165 yards and had one amazing play where he kept his balance after being hit and raced 65-yards for OSU's only touchdown of the game.

The teams were tied at 10 at halftime, but an interception by QB Derek Anderson on an attempted flea flicker on their first possession of the second half proved costly. CB Tez Morris picked off the pass returning it to the OSU23 and two plays later the Panthers were up by a touchdown.

The wheels started to come off late in the third quarter as Shawn Robinson returned a punt 66 yards for six and the defense gave up two rushing touchdowns in the final 5:12.

QB Derek Anderson competed 21 of 45 passes for 319 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his first bowl appearance.

The Beaver offensive line gave up five sacks while the team was whistled for nine penalties for 90 yards ... more from BF.com.



2001 Fiesta Bowl | Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9

The Beavers dominated No. 10 Notre Dame in their first BCS bowl game scoring 29 unanswered points in the third quarter fueling a 41-9 win in front of 75,000 plus fans.

QB Jonathan Smith was named Offensive Player of the Game after completing 16 of 24 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns, two to Chad Johnson and one to T.J. Housmandzadeth.

RB Ken Simonton led all rushers with 85 yards and one touchdown on 18 attempts. The offense finished with 446 yards as Smith completed a pass to six different receivers.

The defense was simply stunning sacking the Irish quarterbacks five times while forcing three turnovers and limiting the Irish to just eight yards in the first quarter and 155 total yards for the game.

LB Darnell Robinson was named Defensive Player of the Game after recording seven tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, a pass breakup and an interception.



1999 O'ahu Bowl | Hawaii 23, Oregon State 17

Sloppy special teams play and too many penalties spelled doom for the Oregon State Beavers in their first bowl game since January of 1965 as Hawaii defeated OSU 23-17 on Christmas Day.

Despite out gaining Hawaii by 97 yards in the first half the score was tied 10-10 at halftime after PK Ryan Cesca missed two of three, one was blocked, first half field goal attempts.

The Orange and Black offense opened the game with a methodical 79-yard touchdown drive to take an early lead, but failed to score from the Hawaii 16 late in the game after the defense recovered a fumble.

Both the defense and offense shot themselves in the foot time and time again as they racked up 14 penalties for 138 yards.

QB Jonathan Smith had subpar day completing 19 of 40 passes for 269 yards. Smith was harassed for much of the game as he was sacked six times and his second quarter fumble deep in OSU territory led the the Warriors first points of the game.

RB Ken Simonton led all runners with 157 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. WR Imani Percoats led the receivers with five catches for 67 yards.

Despite their miscues the OSU looked like they would get a shot at redemption as they recovered the onsides kick with 1:27 left, but a player was called for a false start and the second attempt sailed out of bounds.



1965 Rose Bowl | Michigan 37, Oregon State 7

Fifteen unanswered points in the third quarter by No. 4 Michigan put away the No. 8 Beavers in front of 100,423, the second largest crowd ever to watch the Beavers, on New Years Day.

The Wolverines' Mel Anthony rushed for a game high 123 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in route to being named Player of the Game. OSU quarterback Paul Brothers completed 9 of 17 for 89 yards and one touchdown to Doug McDougal.

The Beavers finished 8-3.



1962 Liberty Bowl | Oregon State 6, Villanova 0

Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker accounted for 260 of the Beavers 309 total yards, including the games only score, as OSU defeated Villanova 6-0 in snowy, 25-degree weather.

His 99-yard run, the longest in school history, from the line of scrimmage came in the first quarter with 9:24 left to go. Baker also punted four times for a 32.5 average. Consensus All-American receiver Vern Burke chipped in with three passes for 33 yards.




1957 Rose Bowl | Iowa 35, Oregon State 19

In Oregon State's second trip to the Rose Bowl Iowa rolled up a 21-6 lead by halftime and out gained the Beavers 408-296 for the 35-19 victory.

Iowa quarterback Ken Ploen completed 9 of 10 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown earning Player of the Game honors. OSU's Joe Francies lead the team in rushing and passing running for 73 yards on 15 carries while completing 10 of 12 attempts for 130 yards and one touchdown.

Consensus All-American Ted Bates played offensive tackle on the team.



1949 Pineapple Bowl | Oregon State 47, Hawaii 27

Despite being having less yards, less first downs and less passing yards than Hawaii, the Beavers rolled to a 47-27 victory over the Warriors on New Years Day in Honolulu.

OSU running backs Ken Carpenter and Andy Knudsen led the way with two touchdowns a piece as the team completed only five passes, but for 112 yards.


1942 Rose Bowl | Oregon State 20, Duke 16

A blackout on the West Coast following the attack on Pearl Harbor forced the Rose Bowl, the only time in its history, to be played outside of California as the No. 12 Beavers traveled to Durham, N.C. and defeated the Blue Devils 20-16.

Oregon State rode the arm and legs of QB Dan Durdan who was named the Player of the Game and eventually inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

The Duke quarterback was Tommy Prothro, who later coached OSU to two Rose Bowl appearances.




1940 Pineapple Bowl | Oregon State 39, Hawaii 6

The Men in Black jumped to a 19-0 first quarter lead and never looked back as they racked up 452 yards of offense compared to Hawaii's 177 as OSU defeated UH 38-6 on New Years Day.

This was OSU's second game in the last week as the Beavs played an exhibition game versus the Hawaii All-Stars on Christmas Day. The team finished 9-1-1 with their only loss against No. 7 USC and a 13-13 tie against No. 13 UCLA.

All-Americans Vic Sears at left tackle and Quentin Greenough at center anchored the line.

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