Boise St. loses 38-23 to Oregon St. in Hawaii Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 25, 2013 at 12:14 am •  Published: December 25, 2013
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HONOLULU (AP) — Matt Miller's 206 yards receiving weren't enough to keep Boise State from another loss.

The Broncos lost 38-23 to Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday night, giving up two fumbles for touchdowns.

It was the latest stumble for a team that lost head coach Chris Petersen earlier this month to the University of Washington, then quarterback Joe Southwick last week because of an off-field incident that sent him home from Honolulu.

Interim coach Bob Gregory said he didn't think the distractions affected his team.

"There wasn't a loss of focus," he said. "I think we had good practices when we were here and again, we just didn't make as many plays as we had to make to make a difference in the game."

Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns and Oregon State made the most of its final chance to stop its losing streak.

Oregon State won six of its first seven games of the season. Then a 20-12 home loss to then-No. 8 Stanford started a five-game slide that came to an end when the Beavers (7-6) set several records in handing Boise State its worst loss in two months.

Oregon State coach Mike Riley said stopping the skid was the biggest deal for his team.

"They've worked hard, they haven't lost their focus even though there's been some discouragement, they didn't let it stay with them," Riley said. "I loved how they've responded all year."

Biletnikoff Award winner Brandin Cooks grabbed eight passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. He extended his Pac-12 single-season record to 128 receptions and broke the conference record for yards receiving with 1,730, passing Southern California's Marqise Lee.

Sean Mannion threw for 259 yards and a touchdown, giving him a Pac-12-record 4,662 yards passing for the season.

"When you win, you'd like to say it's a good ending — a good beginning for the upcoming year," Riley said.

Oregon State kept Boise State (8-5) out of the end zone until the third quarter, well after the Beavers had opened a big lead.

Reynolds had his first fumble recovery about 12 minutes into the game when Scott Crichton stripped Boise State quarterback Grant Hedricks in the end zone. The ball popped forward to the 3-yard line, where Reynolds picked it up and ran it in.

Reynolds tacked on another fumble return in the second quarter on his way to game MVP honors. Troy Ware caught a 6-yard pass near the sideline for Boise State, but Larry Scott punched the ball out as Ware was falling to the ground. Reynolds picked it up and ran 70 yards to the end zone.



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