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Reynolds returns two fumbles for TDs in Oregon State’s 38-23 Hawaii Bowl win

December 25, 2013
By OSKAR GARCIA , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Rashaad Reynolds and Oregon State made the most of their final chance to stop a lenghty losing streak.

Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns, helping the Beavers beat Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday.

Oregon State won six of its first seven games this season. Then a 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.

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Oregon State’s Storm Woods fights past Boise State’s Jeremy Ioane on a 5-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of the Beavers’ 38-23 victory over the Broncos in the Hawaii
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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 caught 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.

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All times HST

Tuesday's Result

Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu

Oregon St. 38, Boise St. 23

Thursday's Games

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit

Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego

Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Utah St. (8-5), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday's Games

Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md.

Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5), 9:30 a.m. (ESPN)

Texas Bowl At Houston

Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco

BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday's Games

Pinstripe Bowl At New York

Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6), 7 a.m. (ESPN)

Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C.

Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 10:20 a.m. (ESPN)

Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla.

Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1), 1:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz.

Kansas St. (7-5) vs. Michigan (7-5), 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

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.

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 the Broncos (8-5), but Larry Scott punched the ball out. Reynolds picked it up and ran 70 yards to the end zone.

"You just can't overcome those - it's very difficult to overcome those versus a Pac-12 team," Boise State interim coach Bob Gregory said. "That's tough when we're not on the field on defense, but we didn't make enough plays on defense either."

Matt Miller led the Broncos with 11 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown, with most of the production coming after the game was decided. Miller set a school record with 88 catches this season.

Oregon State, which was ahead 38-6 in the third quarter, finished with 454 total yards. Storm Woods had 16 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown, and Terron Ward had a 9-yard scoring reception.

Hedrick threw for 382 yards and a touchdown, closing out a difficult stretch for Boise State.

Joe Southwick was sent home by Gregory after the quarterback was accused of urinating off a hotel balcony in Honolulu last week, though he later told a TV station he didn't do it and was unfairly dismissed.

It was Gregory's first major issue after taking over for Chris Petersen, who left the team to take over at Washington.

"I mean there were a lot of distractions for us, but we've got a bunch of resilient guys," Miller said. "It was looking like we were going to come out and play well and that just didn't happen there."



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