Beavers ride roughshod over Broncos
HONOLULU Oregon State finished above .500 with a rousing 38-23 Hawaii Bowl victory over distracted, depleted Boise State in Tuesday night's Hawaii Bowl.
The Beavers dominated the Broncos, who lost their head coach, Chris Petersen, to the Washington Huskies after the regular season and sent home quarterback Joe Southwick when he was accused of urinating off a Honolulu hotel balcony.
Oregon State ended the year with a 7-6 record, while Boise State wound up at 8-5.
The Beavers were able to establish their running game, and they averaged 5.9 yards per rush, while keeping quarterback Sean Mannion from pass-rush pressure before an announced crowd of 29,106 at Aloha Stadium.
The teams traded field goals early in the first quarter.
OSU took the lead for good with 4:15 left in the period, when All-American receiver Brandin Cooks hauled in a 2-yard TD pass from Mannion for a 10-3 lead. The Oregon State drive went 92 yards.
OSU defensive back Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns, the first from three yards after a strip by defensive end Scott Crichton. The play gave the Beavers a 17-3 edge late in the first quarter.
After a Boise State field goal, Reynolds went 70 yards for his other touchdown, and the score was 24-6.
Terron Ward ran 9 yards for a TD 2:54 before halftime, giving the Beavers a 31-6 cushion.
Midway through the third quarter, Storm Woods ran five yards to cap a 94-yard drive and put Oregon State on top 38-6.
Boise State scored two unanswered touchdowns and added a field goal to make the final margin 15 points.
Woods gained 107 yards on 16 carries, and Ward had 54 yards on nine rushes.
Mannion completed 24 of 33 passes for 259 yards, with one interception.
The Beavers had lost five games in a row, all against Pac-12 teams.
Cooks set a Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in a season, surpassing USC's Marqise Lee. Cooks had eight catches for 60 yards, giving him 1,730 for 2013. He finished the season with a Pac-12-record 128 receptions.
Mannion set the conference single-season record for passing yards, totaling 4,662.