HONOLULU — Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns, helping Oregon State beat Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday night.
The Beavers (7-6) stopped a five-game slide and set several records in handing Boise State (8-5) its worst loss in two months.
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.”
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Biletnikoff Award-winner Brandin Cooks had 60 yards receiving and a touchdown while setting a Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in a season, passing Southern California’s Marqise Lee. Sean Mannion set another mark for passing yards, finishing 24 of 33 for 259 yards and a touchdown.
“When you win, you’d like to say it’s a good ending and a good beginning for the upcoming year,” Riley said.
Oregon State kept Boise State out of the end zone until the third quarter, well after the Beavers had opened a big lead.
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 Boise State, but Larry Scott punched the ball out as Ware was falling to the ground. Reynolds picked it up and ran 70 yards to the end zone.
Matt Miller led Boise State with 11 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown, with most of the production coming after the game was decided. He set a school season record with 88 catches this season.
Boise State didn’t score a touchdown until the third quarter, when Jay Ajayi took a shotgun handoff in for a 1-yard TD. After the successful extra-point attempt went into the stands, the mostly-empty stadium provided its loudest ovation of the night in support of the fans who tried to keep the ball away from security by throwing it around the seats.