HONOLULU – Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns and the Oregon State offense racked up 454 yards to pace the Beavers to a 38-23 win over Boise State Tuesday night at the 2013 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.
The first meeting between the teams – and eighth overall – found the Beavers up early as Oregon State took a 31-6 lead into halftime. That was due in large part to the Beavers’ defense, which forced two fumbles. Both were returned by Reynolds, who, in his last collegiate game, collected 10 tackles amongst the two fumble returns.
The first came with OSU up 10-3 in the first quarter after a touchdown reception by Brandin Cooks and field goal by Trevor Romaine. Scott Crichton sacked Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick, forcing a fumble, which enabled Reynolds to pick the ball up at the Broncos’ 3-yard line and make it to the end zone with ease, upping the Beavers’ lead to 17-3.
Reynolds scored the game’s next touchdown, and in grand fashion, returning the Boise State fumble 70 yards. With the Broncos driving, cornerback Larry Scott forced a fumble from Troy Ware after a short pass. Reynolds picked it up and had a clear path to the end zone.
That momentum carried over to the Oregon State offense, which scored its next two – and final – touchdowns on the ground. The first came on a 9-yard carry from Terron Ward. It came with 2:46 left in the first half and sent OSU to the 25-point lead at the break.
A little more than seven minutes into the second half, the OSU offense picked up where it left off as Storm Woods carried the ball into the end zone from 5 yards out.
Woods stood out offensively for the Beavers, collecting 107 yards on the ground via 16 carries. He paced the Beavers’ ground game, which totaled 195 yards overall.
That ground game led to a balanced OSU attack. Sean Mannion passed for 259 yards, giving the Beavers 454 yards of total offense. Sixty of the Mannion’s 259 yards passing went to Brandin Cooks, who reached that figure by way of eight catches. He finished the season with a Pac-12 Conference record 128 receptions as well as 1,730 yards, surpassing USC’s Marqise Lee in both categories.
Mannion’s 259 passing yards gave him 4,662 for the season, surpassing Washington’s Cody Pickett for the most in a single-year by a Pac-12 quarterback. He also tossed 37 touchdowns in 2013, tied for the third-most. The quarterback he tied? Former Stanford QB and Indianapolis Colt, Andrew Luck.
Up 38-6 early in the third quarter, the Beavers held on as Boise State put scored 17 unanswered points to pull to within 15, Matt Miller led Boise State offensively with 206 receiving yards and Jay Ajayi had 97 yards rushing. The Broncos finished with 538 yards of offensive; Hedrick passed for 382 after completing 32-of-44 passes.
The Beavers got to Hedrick for five sacks. OSU had eight tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and was credited with four pass breakups.