Bowl Countdown: 2013 Hawai'i Bowl
Dec. 21, 2015

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's matchup against Northern Illinois at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 23 will mark the program's 14th-straight bowl appearance. In the lead up to the contest, BroncoSports.com will look back at the Broncos' 13 bowl games since the start of this streak in 2002.

    Today BroncoSports.com looks back at Boise State's trip to the 2013 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, where the Broncos fell, 38-23, to Oregon State on Christmas Eve.

    Recap from the AP

    Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns, helping Oregon State beat Boise State 38-23 in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.

    The Beavers (7-6) stopped a five-game slide and set several records in handing Boise State its worst loss in two months.

    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 USC’s Marqise Lee. Sean Mannion set another for passing yards, finishing 24 of 33 for 259 yards and a touchdown.

    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 Hedrick 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.

    Miller set a school season record with 88 catches, and was the Broncos’ MVP for the game.

    Boise State’s most successful drive came in the third quarter after Oregon State went 94 yards and scored a touchdown to make it 38-6. The Broncos responded with a nine-play, 76-yard drive spent partially in a hurry-up offense. Jay Ajayi took a shotgun handoff from Hedrick and ran up the middle for a 1-yard TD.

    Oregon State finished with 454 total yards, averaging 6.8 per play. Hedrick threw for 382 yards and a touchdown, closing out a difficult stretch for the Broncos (8-5).

    Both teams started the game with similar drives, making progress on big plays before stalling in the red zone and kicking field goals. But Oregon State grabbed the lead for good on Cooks’ 2-yard TD reception with 4:15 left in the first quarter, capping a 92-yard drive.


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