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Joe Bo’s College Exam: Cougars Expose Beavers, Score Early and Often

December 23, 2009

What should have been a high-scoring close game and was thought to be the best matchup of ”Capital One Bowl Week“ between the Brigham Young Cougars and Oregon State Beavers turned out to be the most one-sided game so far. Only BYU stuck to the script, showing off a versatile offense, racking up a 44-20 over Oregon State in a game not even as close as the score.

High winds up to 40 mph made for some interesting moments. An official’s hat blew off into the crowd, never to return. The SkyCam had to be taken down for safety reasons, a yellow penalty flag went 20 yards, five longer than the infraction it was thrown for, and the goal posts were tangled up with the field goal net and were shaking more than a Texas tackle lined up against Ndamakong Suh.

The oddest thing, however, was the disappearance of Oregon State’s talented trio of the Rodgers brothers and All PAC 10 quarterback Sean Canfield. Jacquizz and James Rodgers were one of the most powerful offensive combos in the conference and Sean Canfield was a phenomenally accurate passer – but not on this night, completing under 50% of his attempts (20-41, 173 yards) Canfield did manage to get the ball into the end zone in the latter part of the fourth quarter after BYU decided to coast with a 44-7 lead.

BYU’s Max Hall managed the wind and the offense and the Cougar defense had good penetration all night. Meanwhile, Canfield completed only four passes in the first half, Jacquizz Rodgers lost a fumble for the first time in 622 carries and saw it returned for a touchdown, and the Oregon State kicking game was mauled by the wind, two punts going for only six yards each.

Perhaps the sights and showgirls of Las Vegas in the foreplay of events leading up to the game distracted the young Beavers. The sight of the Rodgers brothers decked out in full-on Cirque du Soleil “clown” costumes attempting to climb brass poles may also have traumatized them.

The game capped four consecutive Las Vegas Bowl appearances for senior Max Hall and his third win. Oregon State coach Mike Riley suffered his first-ever bowl game loss, having won five in a row with the Beavers and three as offensive coordinator with USC’s Trojans. The Cougars and Beavers combined to set new low standards for most cheap sexual innuendo opportunities in BCS history.

My bowl record is now 2-3 with tonight’s catchy name San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl featuring 9-3 Utah against the Jahvid Best-less California Golden Bears. My pick: the Utes will continue their recent bowl domination and should win by two touchdowns.

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