Beavers Get Tails Flattened
by Dave Congrove
December 22, 2009
Max Hall threw 3 TD passes and Oregon State lost two fumbles as BYU routed the Beavers 44-20 in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Oregon State led 7-0 early, but the Cougars ripped off the next 37 points. The Rodgers' brothers - RB Jacquizz and WR James - were held to a combined 97 yards rushing and receiving as the Beavers saw their 5-bowl winning streak come crashing to a halt.
Brigham Young was playing in its 5th consecutive Vegas bowl game. Fifteen of BYU's 28 bowl trips have been to either the Holiday Bowl or this game.
It was the first time the Beavers and Cougars had met on the gridiron since 1986. Overall, the teams have met nine times and Oregon State still holds a slim 5-4 advantage.
The Beavers were favored by one of the computer's slimmest lines this bowl season - a mere 0.43 points.
Oregon State ends the season with back-to-back losses. The Beavers were one win away from securing their first Rose Bowl bid since the 1964 season, but lost to 37-33 at rival Oregon in the finale.
Oregon State QB Sean Canfield entered the contest ranked 4th nationally with a 70% pass completion rate, but a combination of strong wind and the BYU defense kept him under 50% (20-of-41).
Harvey Unga got the Cougars on the board with a 1-yard TD to tie the game at 7-apiece. Two plays later, Canfield's backwards pass to Jacquizz Rogers hit the turf and LB Matt Bauman returned it 33 yards for a 14-7 BYU advantage.
Hall TD passes to Luke Ashworth and Dennis Pitta followed a 28-yard Mitch Payne field goal to make it 30-7 after 3 quarters. Manase Tonga added a pair of BYU touchdowns in the 4th quarter - first on a 15-yard pass from Hall and later on an 18-yard run.