Oregon State senior cornerback Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the first half -- one from three yards, the other from 70 – to give the Beavers a lead they would never look back from. Oregon State’s lead grew to as large as 32 points in the third quarter and the Beavers held on for an eventual 38-23 win.
Using a balanced attack of 33 runs and 34 passes, the OSU offense was unspectacular, but very effective. Quarterback Sean Mannion, who set a Pac-12 record for single-season passing yards, completed 24-of-33 passes for 259 yards and threw a two-yard touchdown to Biletnikoff winner Brandin Cooks in the first quarter. Cooks hauled in eight passes for 60 yards and set a Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in a season.
Despite being kept out of the end zone until the third quarter, Boise State racked up 538 yards of total offense, but those first half turnovers put the Broncos at a deficit they could not overcome. Quarterback Grant Hedrick threw for 382 yards and connected with his favorite target Matt Miller 11 times for 206 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The loss snapped a five-game losing streak for Oregon State and allowed the Beavers to finish the year above .500 at 7-6. Boise, who played with interim coach Bob Gregory running the show, finished the year at 8-5.
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