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College Football
Preview
Boise State vs Oregon State
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii


SHERATON HAWAII BOWL STORYLINES

1. After turning Boise State into a BCS buster, Chris Petersen left to become the new coach in Washington. Although the school announced the hiring of former Broncos assistant and Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin to replace Petersen next season, linebackers coach Bob Gregory will lead the team in Honolulu on Dec. 24 against Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Boise State went 92-12 and won a pair of BCS bowl games in eight seasons under Peterson.

2. Sean Mannion (4,403 passing yards, 2nd nationally) and Brandin Cooks (Pac-12 record 120 receptions for an FBS-high 1,670 receiving yards) make the Beavers exciting to watch. Oregon State averaged 43.8 points during a six-game win streak, but has seen that mark fall to 21 per game during its five-game skid.

3. Boise State has won four straight bowl games, but failed to reach the 10-win mark for the first time since 2005 – the year before Petersen took over. Oregon State is 5-2 in the postseason under coach Mike Riley, but has dropped two straight since defeating Pittsburgh in the 2008 Sun Bowl.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Oregon State -2.5

ABOUT BOISE STATE (8-4, 6-2 Mountain West): Quarterback Joe Southwick, who missed four games with a broken ankle, returned to start in the regular-season finale but was pulled after throwing for a touchdown on the opening drive. Grant Hedrick, who stepped up with 15 TD passes and five interceptions in Southwick’s absence, went the rest of the way for Boise State – leaving the identity of the starting quarterback in some doubt. The Broncos rank 93rd in pass defense, making the Beavers a less-than-ideal matchup.

ABOUT OREGON STATE (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12): Mannion averaged 427.4 yards passing and 4.1 touchdowns during the Beavers’ 6-1 start, but has seen those numbers drop to 282.2 and 1.4 during the losing streak. One positive to come out of the team’s Nov. 29 setback against Oregon was the success of the FBS’ 120th-ranked rushing attack, which generated 231 yards – nearly double the team’s previous season high. “It’s a picture of who we want to be and what we’re going to shoot for, both in a bowl game and next year,” Riley said about his team’s balanced 545-yard effort.

PREDICTION: Oregon State 45, Boise State 41

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Boise State 8-4 W1 38.8 23.8 6-0 2-4 0-2 0-0 6-2
Oregon State 6-6 L5 34.5 32.1 2-4 4-2 1-1 0-0 4-5
Last Meeting
Boise State Oregon State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/25/10 ORST 24 BSU 37 472 178 294 237 78 159
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Boise State K. Moore 70.4 288 3 0
Oregon State R. Katz 46.2 159 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Boise State D. Martin 19 138 7.3 0
Oregon State J. Rodgers 18 46 2.6 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Boise State T. Young 5 136 27.2 1
Oregon State J. Halahuni 3 56 18.7 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Boise State T. Gallarda 1
Oregon State J. Halahuni 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Boise State J. Southwick 72.6 1654 12 5
Oregon State S. Mannion 66.0 4403 36 14
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Boise State J. Ajayi 226 1328 5.9 17
Oregon State T. Ward 104 467 4.5 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Boise State M. Miller 77 934 12.1 11
Oregon State B. Cooks 120 1670 13.9 15
Touchdowns Player TD
Boise State J. Ajayi 18
Oregon State B. Cooks 17
Quickchart Matchup
Boise State Off vs  Oregon State Def
470.8 yards
428.2 yards
4.6 yards/rush
5.2 yards/rush
7.6 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt
Oregon State Off vs  Boise State Def
468.1 yards
410 yards
3.2 yards/rush
3.6 yards/rush
7.8 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt