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article imageCollege Football: BYU Dominates Las Vegas Bowl

By Michael Bearak     Dec 23, 2009 in Sports
BYU owned Las Vegas last night in a dominating performance over the Oregon State Beavers. Weather played a factor but this was BYU's fourth straight visit to the bowl game.
BYU has played in the last five Las Vegas Bowls going 3 and 2 in those games. This year's game might have been the most interesting as the weather also played a huge factor in the game, with 44 mph winds and low 30 degree temperatures.
BYU made the most of two Oregon State wind-aided punts in the two-quarter that went a net of 6 yards. While BYU's Riley Stephenson hit a 60-yard wind to his back punt that set a personal best and the second longest in LVB history.
The 44-20 loss ended Oregon State's 5-bowl game win streak. Which ran head coach Mike Riley's bowl record to 8-1 (5-1 with Oregon State and 3-0 as a USC offensive coordinator).
BYU's senior quarterback threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns in the only bowl game he knows. "I love my years at BYU," Hall said. "We wanted to end it well."
BYU jumped all over the Beavers early and were up 23-7 and then extended that lead to 30-7 by the end of the third quarter. Then both teams exchanged touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
The yardage of the two teams was very similar with BYU edging out the Beavers 308-305. BYU's offense though was extremely balanced with Hall's 192 passing yards coupled with 116 yards on the ground. The Beavers relied heavily on the pass game accumulating 217 yards through the air to just 88 on the ground.
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