Notre Dame's "win one for Ty" vow was only a fantasy. Derek Anderson's arm and the leaky Irish secondary made sure of that.
PHOENIX — Notre Dame’s “win one for Ty” vow was only a fantasy. Derek Anderson’s arm and the leaky Irish secondary made sure of that.
Anderson and Oregon State finished off Notre Dame’s dreary season with a 38-21 beating of the Irish last night in the Insight Bowl.
Anderson, in his final game for the Beavers, tied an Insight record with four touchdown passes, two to tight end Joe Newton.
The 6-foot-6 quarterback completed 28 of 45 passes for 358 yards with no interceptions against Notre Dame’s leaky secondary.
Anderson, the game’s offensive MVP, moved ahead of Steve Stenstrom to No. 2 on the Pac-10 career yards passing list with 11,249. Only Carson Palmer (11,818) had more.
“Derek is a very, very good quarterback,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. “Since we’ve known him, he has constantly gotten better. … I wish we had another year.”
The Irish (6-6) had talked about winning the game for coach Tyrone Willingham, fired at the end of the regular season and hired two weeks later as Washington coach. But Sammie Stroughter’s 52-yard punt return and Derrick Doggett’s blocked punt helped Oregon State to an early 21-0 lead.
“The short field position the first half just killed us,” Notre Dame interim coach Kent Baer said. “The blocked punt, and the punt return, you take that away, and it’s a much closer game — but that’s all part of it.”
Brady Quinn threw two touchdown passes as Notre Dame twice cut the lead to 10 points, the last on an 18-yard throw to Rhema McKnight that made it 31-21 with 4:52 left.
The Irish onside kick try backfired and left Oregon State at the Notre Dame 28. Dwight Wright’s 3-yard TD run with 3:19 left sealed the victory.
After a 1-4 start, Oregon State (7-5) won six of its last seven games.
The Irish, meanwhile, lost their seventh consecutive bowl game. Notre Dame’s last postseason victory was in the Cotton Bowl at the end of the 1993 season.
Oregon State improved to 2-0 against Notre Dame. Five seasons ago, the Beavers pounded the Irish 41-9 just down the road at the Fiesta Bowl.
Cyclones’ run game powers Insight win
SHREVEPORT, La. — Iowa State returned to its foundation to finally get the Big 12 a victory in the Independence Bowl.
Stevie Hicks and quarterback Bret Meyer each ran for more than 100 yards in a revived running game that carried Iowa State to a 17-13 victory over Miami of Ohio last night.
After building its program under coach Dan McCarney around running the ball, Iowa State struggled in that area much of the season. But the Cyclones (7-5) piled up 295 yards on the ground — a school record in a bowl — to spoil Terry Hoeppner’s final game as Miami’s coach.
Hoeppner is leaving to coach at Indiana.
Hicks ran for 159 yards on 27 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown run on an option pitch from Meyer, who was named the game’s offensive MVP.
Meyer carried a season-high 23 times for 122 yards and added 114 yards on 10-for-28 passing. His weaving 23-yard run set up the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and Iowa State held on to end the Big 12’s Independence drought. It had been 0-6 in this game.
Just before the game, Miami athletic director Brad Bates told the team that offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery would succeed Hoeppner as coach.
If the timing of that announcement was meant to inspire the RedHawks (8-5), it didn’t do so right away. Miami fell behind 10-0 before rallying to a 13-10 lead in the third quarter.