Honolulu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - The post-Chris Petersen era did not start
as Boise State had hoped.
Rashaad Reynolds scored two defensive touchdowns Tuesday and Oregon State
handed the Broncos a 38-23 defeat in the annual Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
The Beavers (7-6) limped into the postseason with five consecutive losses
after a promising 6-1 start, but ended the campaign on a high note.
Sean Mannion threw for 259 yards with an interception and a scoring strike to
Biletnikoff Award-winner Brandin Cooks, while Storm Woods and Terron Ward each
ran for touchdowns.
Petersen bolted Boise State earlier this month to become the head coach at
Washington, and his replacement, Bryan Harsin, watched from afar as the
Broncos (8-5) fell behind by 32 points en route to having their four-game bowl
winning streak snapped.
Interim head coach Bob Gregory sent starting quarterback Joe Southwick home
prior to the game for a violation of team rules, and backup Grant Hedrick did
not lead a touchdown drive until the game was already out of reach.
Hedrick completed 32-of-44 passes for 382 yards with a long touchdown pass to
Matt Miller, who finished with a whopping 206 yards on 11 receptions. Jay
Ajayi ran for 97 yards and a score in defeat
After trading field goals to begin the game, the Beavers went ahead to stay
with a pair of touchdowns in a 1:23 span late in the opening quarter.
Mannion threaded the needle to Cooks for a 2-yard touchdown to cap an 11-play,
75-yard drive, and a defensive TD shortly thereafter gave Oregon State a 17-3
lead. Hedrick was pressured by two defenders in the end zone and lost the
ball, which shot out to the 3-yard line and was scooped up in stride by
Reynolds on his way to a touchdown.
Boise State's Dan Goodale knocked through his second field goal, this time
from 42 yards out, 1:22 into the second quarter, and the Broncos forced a
turnover on downs in their own territory on the ensuing possession.
The momentum was short-lived, however, as Troy Ware caught a pass along the
sideline and had the ball knocked out by Larry Scott. Reynolds was in the
right spot again and went 70 yards untouched the other way.
Ward tacked on a helmet-crunching 9-yard touchdown run to send the Beavers
into the locker room with a healthy 31-6 lead.
Because of the comfortable cushion, Oregon State was content on grinding down
the clock, and a 5-yard Woods touchdown run midway through the third pushed
the margin even more out of Boise State's reach.
Ajayi went in from a yard out with 4:32 remaining in the third quarter, Miller
had an 85-yard catch-and-run for another score early in the fourth, and
Goodale added a late 33-yard field goal to make the final score somewhat more
This is Boise State's first five-loss season since 1998 ... The Broncos, who
came in averaging 38.8 points per game, were playing in their 12th straight
bowl game ... Oregon State had lost its previous two postseason tests ...
Cooks broke the Pac-12 record for receiving yards in a season, surpassing
Marqise Lee's 2012 total of 1,721 by nine yards ... Oregon State rushed for
195 yards -- 107 coming from Woods -- after averaging 86.0 yards on the ground
during the regular season ... Miller's touchdown catch was the longest pass
play in Hawaii Bowl history.
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