WTS: Bowl win streak blasted away

BLOWN, SWEPT or any other synonym associated with wind were the words of choice for most of the media covering the Las Vegas Bowl. Oregon State writers wondered why the weather affected the Beavers so much more than BYU while reporters from Utah reveled in the Cougars dominating victory. Here's what the Oregon, Utah, Nevada and national media had to say about BYU's 44-20 win over OSU.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Mistake-prone OSU blown away in windy Vegas
THE TEMPEST BLOWING through Sam Boyd Stadium, with gusts to around 45 mph, was nothing compared to the discord surrounding Oregon State in the first half. The sheer volume of penalties, missed tackles and mistakes by the orange and black were hard to fathom. And, in the 44-20 loss to No. 14 BYU, even harder to stomach.

OSU actually started well in this game. Stephen Paea and Brennan Olander had two early monster plays, tackling BYU running backs for consecutive five yard losses. OSU, with the wind and a short field, then took it in on their second possession for a 7-0 lead. Jacquizz Rodgers and James Rodgers ripped off huge chunks of green and Sean Canfield snuck it in to put the Beavs on the board ... more from BF.C.


OSU's bowl win streak left blowing in the wind
If it could go wrong, Oregon State found a way to do it exactly that way Tuesday night in a 44-20 loss to BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.

It meant an inglorious end to the season and snipped the five-game winning streak in bowls for the 16th-ranked Beavers, who finished 8-5 with consecutive defeats to Oregon and the 15th-ranked Cougars (11-2). That's the first time since 1999 that OSU has lost the Civil War and its bowl game ... more from The Register Guard.


Beavers blown away in the desert
The stiffest opposition BYU received for much of Tuesday night might have been the 50-mph wind gusts it faced in the first quarter.

The Cougars dominated on both sides of the ball and rolled to a 44-20 victory over the Beavers in the Las Vegas Bowl ... more from The Register Guard |


Beavers lose – badly – in Vegas
Oregon State's performance at the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl Tuesday night will be one Beaver Nation will want to forget rather quickly.

Brigham Young spotted OSU seven points, then scored 37 in a row en route to a 44-20 shellacking at Sam Boyd Stadium ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Beavers must learn from loss
This is one of those situations when the Oregon State football team must turn its latest setback into a positive.

That's all that matters in the aftermath of Tuesday's Las Vegas Bowl ... more from The Gazette Times |
Sideline report


Disappointing ending for Beavers
This is unknown territory for the Oregon State football team.

The Beavers ended the season with a thud, losing the last two games ... more from The Gazette Times |
Report card


Brigham Young handles huge wind better than Beavers
Oregon State has played games this season in desert-warm weather in Arizona, and freezing temperatures in Pullman, Wash.

But nothing could have prepared the Beavers for the stiff, steady wind they played in Tuesday at Sam Boyd Stadium, where Brigham Young pasted them 44-20 in the MAACO Bowl ... more from The Oregonian |
Pankey discusses loss


What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?
If only it were true, that what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.

For Oregon State, the stench of a surprising no-show in the windy, freezing-cold MAACO Bowl Tuesday night will linger like a pile of garbage that hasn't been picked up for weeks ... more from The Oregonian |
Quizz's first fumble


| From a BYU Perspective |

Cougar Curve: BYU 44 Oregon State 20
The game wasn't nearly as close as most expected as the Cougars dominated and romped over the Beavers in a matchup that wasn't really close. Grades are in and as many can well imagine those grades are very high across the board ... more from TotalBlueSports.com.


Bottling up the Beavers proved Cougars' finest hour
BYU isn't supposed to do these bowl game deals in style.

But Tuesday night, the Cougars painted one for the ages in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas ... more from The Desert News.


Cougars manage Vegas blowout
In the self-proclaimed City of Entertainment — also known as, at least on Tuesday night, the Windy City — No. 15 BYU put on a dazzling show on a national stage against a Pac-10 opponent, in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas.

The Cougar offense, defense and special teams dominated No. 16 Oregon State and cruised to a 44-20 victory on a blustery evening at Sam Boyd Stadium ... more from The Desert News |


Fumble took any Beaver momentum
It was the play of the game and it cost No. 16 ranked Oregon State any and all early momentum it ever had in a loss to No. 15 BYU on Tuesday in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Sean Canfield, the Pac-10's best quarterback, threw a lateral pass to the one of the league's top running backs, sophomore Jacquizz Rodgers, with the score tied at 7-7 late in the first quarter ... more from The Desert News |


Cougars' defense rises up
Every coach and player involved in BYU's convincing win over Oregon State in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on Tuesday at Sam Boyd Stadium pointed to one play that turned the game around.

Even after the Cougars marched 85 yards into the wicked wind to tie the game 7-7, the game really turned BYU's way for good when Beaver back Jacquizz Rodgers dropped a lateral, and Cougar linebacker Matt Bauman picked up the loose ball and rambled 34 yards to put BYU ahead for good ... more from The Desert News.


Cougs conquer Sin City again, rout Beavers in Vegas Bowl
The BYU Cougars rule Sin City once again.

Overcoming an early deficit and horrendous playing conditions, the No. 15 Cougars mauled 16th-ranked Oregon State 44-20 Tuesday night in the Las Vegas Bowl.

In their most impressive performance since the season-opening victory over Oklahoma, BYU scored 37 unanswered points after spotting the Beavers a 7-0 first-quarter lead. In doing so, the Cougars reclaimed their mantle as Las Vegas Bowl kings. BYU lost to Arizona 31-21 in last year's game at Sam Boyd Stadium ... more from The Salt Lake City Tribune | Notebook


Hall writes happier ending to Cougar career
Max Hall's parting shot included mistake-free passing, impressive toughness and some insight into his life as a BYU quarterback.

If Hall or anyone else could have scripted how he wanted to be remembered, Tuesday's Las Vegas Bowl would come pretty close, according to coach Bronco Mendenhall ... more from The Salt Lake City Tribune.


BYU blows past overmatched OSU
Having started the 2009 college football season with an eye-opening upset of Oklahoma, the BYU Cougars finished it Tuesday night with another performance they hope will garner the national attention and respect they and their conference mates so desperately seek.

Matched in the Las Vegas Bowl against a nationally ranked opponent for the first time in five visits to their home away from home, the No. 15 Cougars dominated No. 16 Oregon State of the big, bad Pac-10 44-20 in front of 40,018 windblown and shivering fans at Sam Boyd Stadium ... more from The Salt Lake City Tribune | Mendenhall dodges emotional ties to defeat OSU

Beavers beaten at their own game by Cougars
The Oregon State Beavers pride themselves on being a hardy bunch. They routinely play in rain, wind and more rain in Corvallis, Ore. But the elements -- and a fired-up bunch of BYU Cougars -- proved too much to overcome Tuesday night in the Las Vegas Bowl.

The No. 16 Beavers, just four points shy last month from playing in the Rose Bowl, got their doors blown off by 15th-ranked BYU in a 44-20 loss at Sam Boyd Stadium ... more from The Salt Lake City Tribune | Seniors go out in style


BYU had no intention of blowing Vegas Bowl
The finger of God stirred the bowl here Tuesday night. Not in any literal-interpretative sense. Just in an F5 tornado sense.

On account of that, this wasn't the same old Las Vegas Bowl. It wasn't the Maaco Bowl. Wasn't even the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas ... more from The Salt Lake City Tribune.


Drive into wind sends Cougars sailing
Officially, the BYU Cougars just tied the game with a touchdown late in the first quarter Tuesday night.

In reality, they may have won the Las Vegas Bowl right then and there.

By driving 84 yards for a touchdown against a gale-force wind and an aggressive defense, the Cougars permanently altered the game on their way to a 44-20 victory over Oregon State ... more from The Salt Lake City Tribune.


BYU demolishes Oregon State in Vegas Bowl, 44-20
Sick of practicing against each other, sick of preparing for Oregon State, sick of hearing how they had failed in last year's trip to Las Vegas, the BYU football team wasn't going to let a little thing like 55 mile-per-hour wind gusts slow them down.

The seniors simply wouldn't allow it ... more from the Daily Herald | Notebook


Hall's final game grittiness helps BYU finish strong
It still doesn't make sense that Max Hall was in the game, when the rules would suggest he should have been on the sideline with about nine minutes left in the third quarter.

A couple of athletic trainers hurried out to check on him Tuesday, which should have meant that he had to take at least one play off ... more from the Daily Herald.


| From a National Perspective |

Beavers a bust
Max Hall became a regular at the Las Vegas Bowl, and his final performance was his best.

The senior quarterback threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns in the only bowl game he knows, leading No. 15 BYU past No. 16 Oregon State 44-20 on Tuesday night ... more from The Associated Press.


Hall, BYU win third Las Vegas Bowl in five years
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall found it hard to sum up the career and legacy of senior quarterback Max Hall in the week leading up to the 2009 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

Sure, Hall held the school's all-time record for victories by a quarterback with 31 and directed the Cougars to three straight 10-win seasons. But Mendenhall wasn't able to select a single definitive performance from Hall ... more from The Las Vegas Sun |


Oregon State, senior QB struggle with wind in bowl loss
This is not how quarterback Sean Canfield pictured the end of his Oregon State football career.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound lefty entered the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Tuesday at Sam Boyd Stadium looking to cap one of the most prolific passing seasons in Oregon State history by leading the Beavers to their sixth straight bowl victory ... more from The Las Vegas Sun.


BYU wins 2009 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas in dominating fashion
What was supposed to be one of the most competitive bowl games of the year turned out to be a rout Tuesday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.

BYU easily took care of Oregon State in the 2009 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, 44-20 ... more from The Las Vegas Sun.


BYU breezes to victory
If a year ago, Brigham Young's football team showed up disinterested, on Tuesday night, the Cougars were more than ready to play.

If a year ago, 10 victories were a reason for disappointment, this time, 11 wins are something for BYU to cherish. ... more from The Las Vegas Review Journal |
How they scored


BYU adjusts to gusts in blowout
They made a movie about wind in the early 1990s, about a couple of experienced sailors determined to win the America's Cup yacht race.

It's safe to say some of the blustery conditions on the big screen had nothing on those whipping through Sam Boyd Stadium on Tuesday evening ... more from The Las Vegas Review Journal.


Oregon State Blown Away by BYU
As much as this game will be remembered for their opponent's horrific performance, BYU deserves to be remembered just as much for the way they played tonight. The Cougars may have given up a couple of touchdowns in garbage time, but otherwise, the defense dominated one of the more prolific scoring offenses in the nation and held the Rodgers' to less than one hundred collective yards.

What more can be said about Oregon State? Clearly, the Beavers had no interest in playing another game of football in the year 2009. There is no way this team can claim to have played their hardest—the same team who nearly took down Oregon at Autzen Stadium does not go to Las Vegas and get obliterated by a Mountain West team, even one as talented as the men from Provo ... more from CollegeFootballNews.com.


Instant Analysis - BYU thumps the Beavers
It's not a stunner that BYU beat Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl, but no one could've expected a 44-20 blowout that wasn't even that close. The CFN writers give their thoughts on the early shocker of the bowl season, and the big moment for the Mountain West (and the big dud for the Pac 10) ... more from CFN.


Instant analysis: BYU 44, Oregon State 20 (Pac-10 view)
This one goes to the Mountain West Conference. Big.

Nothing went right for Oregon State in a 44-20 loss to a BYU team that, after a slow start, executed to perfection ... more from ESPN.

Instant analysis: BYU 44, Oregon State 20 (BYU view)
BYU dominated Oregon State and kept the Mountain West's 2009 bowl winning streak alive. The Mountain West, which is making a push for automatic qualification in two years, is 2-0 in its bowl games with three remaining.

The Cougars, who were playing in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas for the fifth consecutive season, started slowly but turned it on midway through the first quarter and couldn't be stopped ... more from ESPN.

BeaverBlitz Top Stories