Oregon State 20


(12) BYU 44


Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, December 22, 2009

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 T
ORST 7 0 0 1320
#12BYU 14 9 7 1444

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hall (BYU) - 192 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: H. Unga (BYU) - 24 CAR, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Adeniji (ORST) - 8 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Cougars end Beavers' five-bowl winning streak

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- 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 BYU (No. 14 BCS, No. 15 AP) past Oregon State (No. 18 BCS, No. 16 AP) 44-20 on Tuesday night.

Hall gave the Cougars their third win in five straight bowl appearances in Sin City and ended the Beavers' run of five consecutive bowl wins.

Fast Facts

• For the first time, the Las Vegas Bowl featured two ranked teams.

• BYU's 43 wins over the last four seasons move the Cougars into a tie with Ohio State for fourth-most in the country over that span.

• BYU quarterback Max Hall (19-for-30, 192 yards, three TDs) has 10 touchdown passes over his last three games.

• Oregon State's loss snaps a five-game bowl winning streak and also marks coach Mike Riley's first career bowl loss as a head coach (5-1).

• Beavers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (19 rushes, 70 yards, TD) scored at least one rushing touchdown for the 12th time in 13 games.

• The 44 points are the most allowed in Oregon State bowl game history.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"I love my years at BYU," Hall said. "We wanted to end it well."

Oregon State appeared troubled by cold winds and the lingering sting of missing the Rose Bowl after a close loss to rival Oregon in its season finale.

"Emotionally we were ready for this game. We came in here and expected to win. It didn't work out that way," Beavers guard Gregg Peat said. "That's a credit to BYU. They came ready to play. There are no excuses for the loss."

Hall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Luke Ashworth, a 17-yard scoring strike to Dennis Pitta and a 15-yard TD pass to Manase Tonga. Hall had 139 yards passing in the first half.

"It means a lot. It's a special time for me," Hall said. "It's something I'll remember for a long time."

Hall won for the second time in the Las Vegas Bowl in three starts, throwing more touchdowns Tuesday night than in his previous appearances.

"If Max has to be judged by one game, it should be this one," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "My hope is that if there are comments [(on Hall's performance] it ought to be on the basis of this game."

Tonga added an 18-yard rushing touchdown, and Harvey Unga finished with 76 yards rushing and a TD for BYU (11-2).

Oregon State (8-5) scored on 1-yard runs by quarterback Sean Canfield and Jacquizz Rodgers, and a 31-yard pass to Damola Adeniji after the game was out of reach. Adeniji led all receivers with seven receptions for 102 yards.

Canfield completed only four passes in the first half as the Beavers struggled to sustain drives. He finished 20 of 41 for 173 yards and an interception.

"We hate leaving that opportunity out there," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "They controlled the ball, converted third downs and scored when they were going into that gale force, and that was very good by them."

The normally dependable Rodgers fumbled for the first time in his college career in the first quarter, on his 621st touch, and Matt Bauman returned it 34 yards for the go-ahead score. Officials used replay to see whether Canfield's checkdown toss to Rodgers was a lateral or a forward pass, and upheld the touchdown.

Oregon State finished with three turnovers, including a fumble by Rodgers' brother, James.

"It took all 11 players to do what we had to do to contain those two," Mendenhall said. "If they aren't able to move the ball, they can't score enough points."

The Beavers converted once on fourth down in five tries and were 5 for 16 on third-down conversions.

Winds gusted up to 50 mph at Sam Boyd Stadium and temperatures fell to 30 degrees. The gusts were so strong that one of Oregon State's punts traveled untouched only 6 yards.

Oregon State struck first on Canfield's touchdown. The score was set up by consecutive big plays from the Rodgers brothers -- an 18-yard rush by Jacquizz on the first play of the drive and a 17-yard run by James.

BYU responded with a touchdown on its next possession, marching 84 yards on 14 plays in just under six minutes and scoring on Unga's 1-yard run.

Oregon State then looked as if it would bounce back from Jacquizz Rodgers' fumble when it seemingly recovered a muffed punt near the goal line. But a holding call forced Oregon State to punt again, and BYU drove 69 yards and kicked a 28-yard field goal.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1718
Total Yards305308
3rd Down Conversions5-168-14
4th Down Conversions2-61-1

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD08:46Sean Canfield 1 Yd Run (Justin Kahut Kick) 70
TD02:47Harvey Unga 1 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick) 77
TD01:41Matt Bauman 34 Yd Fumble Return (Mitch Payne Kick) 714
FG09:21Mitch Payne 28 Yd 717
TD06:22Luke Ashworth 25 Yd Pass From Max Hall (Pat Blocked) 723
TD08:51Dennis Pitta 17 Yd Pass From Max Hall (Mitch Payne Kick) 730
TD12:51Manase Tonga 15 Yd Pass From Max Hall (Mitch Payne Kick) 737
TD09:00Jacquizz Rodgers 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1337
TD03:22Manase Tonga 18 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick) 1344
TD02:35Damola Adeniji 31 Yd Pass From Ryan Katz (Justin Kahut Kick) 2044