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Beavers raise the roof on Irish.

Byline: Rob Moseley The Register-Guard

PHOENIX - The roof at Bank One Ballpark was open for the kickoff of Tuesday night's Insight Bowl. The night sky beckoned from above, and possibilities for the evening were as endless as the view.

Around the time the game began, the mechanized mech·a·nize  
tr.v. mech·a·nized, mech·a·niz·ing, mech·a·niz·es
1. To equip with machinery: mechanize a factory.

 ceiling slowly began to close. When it was halfway shut, a long punt return In American and Canadian football a punt return is one of the punt receiving team's options to respond to a punt. A player (usually a second or third string wide receiver or running back) positioned many yards from the line of scrimmage will attempt to catch or pick up the ball  gave the Beavers a jolt of momentum. By the time the process was three-quarters done, Oregon State led Notre Dame Notre Dame IPA: [nɔtʁ dam] is French for Our Lady, referring to the Virgin Mary. In the United States of America, Notre Dame  by a touchdown.

Inch by inch, the gap between the two halves of the roof continued to close. By the time the sides touched, the view was gone. So was the possibility of a Notre Dame upset.

Special teams helped set up two early scores for Oregon State, while Notre Dame's use of trick plays in the first quarter backfired, helping the Beavers take an early lead they never relinquished in beating the Irish 38-21 before 45,917 fans. It was OSU's second bowl victory in the last two years - a first for the Beavers - and the team's second postseason win over Notre Dame in four years, along with the Fiesta Bowl The Fiesta Bowl, now sponsored by Tostitos tortilla chips (a Frito-Lay product), is a United States college football game played annually since 1971. Originally, the game was hosted in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium where it remained until 2006.  in 2001.

The Beavers (7-5) got on the board early, capitalizing on a 52-yard punt return by Sammie Stroughter early in the first quarter. Derek Anderson
For the American football player, see Derek Anderson (football player).

Derek Lamont Anderson (born July 18, 1974 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Bobcats.
 wasn't sharp at the game's start, but he completed three straight passes on OSU's first scoring drive, the last a 12-yard touchdown to George Gillett George Gillett is the name of several people, including:
  • George A. Gillett (1877–1956), New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • George N. Gillett Jr. (born 1938), North American businessman, former owner of the Miami Dolphins, current owner of the Montreal Canadiens,

"That was big," Anderson said of the punt return. "Anytime you get a big play on special teams ... it just gave us momentum, gave us great field position, and made it tough on them."

The Irish had tried a halfback half·back  
n. Abbr. HB
1. Football
a. One of the players positioned near the flanks behind the line of scrimmage.

b. The position held by this player.

2. Sports
 option pass on their first possession, and it was overthrown. On their next drive, the Irish earned a first down, then ran a reverse that lost 14 yards. After a short run and an incompletion, Derrick Doggett blocked a Notre Dame punt, and Anderson threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joe Newton Joe Newton or Joeseph Newton may be:
  • Joe Newton (football player) American football tight end.
  • Joe Newton (coach) high school coach of The Long Green Line cross country team.

By the time the first quarter ended, it was 14-0, and OSU's second resounding re·sound  
v. re·sound·ed, re·sound·ing, re·sounds

1. To be filled with sound; reverberate: The schoolyard resounded with the laughter of children.

 defeat of the Fighting Irish (6-6) in a bowl game was on. Notre Dame had 33 yards of offense in the quarter - 35 on its only completion of the period, and minus-two on running plays. If not for Alexis Serna's first missed field goal since October, it would have been even worse.

Anderson was named the game's offensive player of the game. On Monday, Notre Dame interim coach Kent Baer Kent Baer (b. May 2 1951) was an assistant football coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame under Tyrone Willingham. When Willingham was fired as coach on November 30 2004, Baer was named interim head coach until Charlie Weis was hired in early 2005.  predicted the Beavers would throw 60 times, their high-octane passing attack picking on a horrid Irish secondary. Having jumped out to its early lead, OSU (Open Source UNIX) Refers to the Unix variants that are maintained as open source, which were primarily BSD Unix and Linux until Sun made its Solaris operating system open source in 2005.  didn't air it out quite that much, but Anderson finished 28-of-45 for 358 yards and four touchdowns - with no interceptions - in the last start of his career for the Beavers.

The OSU senior was sacked three times, as the Beavers struggled to deal with a strong Irish defensive line that was missing its best player. Justin Tuck Justin Tuck (born March 29, 1983 in Kellyton, Alabama) is an American football defensive end in the NFL for the New York Giants. College career
After redshirting his freshman year at Notre Dame, Justin Tuck only played two years. In just two years, he posted 24.
, the defensive end who is Notre Dame's MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip.  and career leader in quarterback sacks, didn't suit up for the game due to a knee injury. The Irish also played without wideout Maurice Stovall Maurice Stovall (born February 21, 1985) is an American football wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League. Maurice Stovall grew up in Philadelphia and went to Archbishop John Carroll High School.  and got only one reception from Matt Shelton, as both were limited by leg injuries.

Just as they were in the regular season, Mike Hass Mike Hass (born January 2, 1983 in Portland, Oregon) is an American wide receiver. He currently plays for the NFL's Chicago Bears. College career
Hass was a starting wide receiver for Oregon State University from 2003-2005.
 and Newton were Anderson's main targets Tuesday. Newton caught seven passes for 85 yards and two scores. Hass, the sure-handed junior receiver, finished with five receptions for 105 yards.

Besides lighting up the Notre Dame defense, Oregon State shut down the Irish offense. Their first-quarter futility was a sign of things to come, and the Irish managed just 94 yards before halftime. OSU linebacker Trent Bray Trent Antony Bray (born September 1, 1973 in Auckland) is a former freestyle swimmer and surf lifesaver from New Zealand, who competed at two consequentive Summer Olympics for his native country.  finished with 10 tackles and was named the defensive player of the game.

Missing two of his top receivers for much of the game, Irish quarterback Brady Quinn <noinclude></noinclude> Brayden Tyler "Brady" Quinn (born October 27, 1984 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.  finished 17-of-29 passing for 214 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

"Defensively, once we got that early lead, I thought it would be hard for them to come back," OSU coach Mike Riley

For other people named Mike Riley, see Mike Riley (disambiguation).
Mike Riley (b. 1952 Wallace, Idaho) is the current head coach of the Oregon State University Beavers football program.

Anderson threw his third touchdown pass of the game midway through the second quarter, an 11-yard catch-and-run by reserve tight end Dan Haines. The five-play drive began at the Notre Dame 45-yard line.

The Irish made it 21-7 just before halftime on Quinn's 13-yard scoring pass to Anthony Fasano Anthony Fasano (born April 20, 1984 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey) is a current American football tight end in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. He was selected in the second round (53rd Overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. . The possession took nearly seven minutes off the clock, as Notre Dame robbed its comeback bid of precious game time during the 13-play, 84-yard drive. Serna missed his second field-goal attempt, this one of 53 yards, on the final play of the half.

Aric Williams intercepted a pass by Quinn early Quinn Remar Early (born April 13, 1965 in West Hempstead, New York) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 1988 NFL Draft. A 6'0", 188-lb.  in the third quarter. He returned the ball to midfield, and the Beavers made it 24-7 six plays later on a 38-yard field goal by Serna.

The Irish showed some life later in the third quarter, blocking a punt and taking over at OSU's 49.

Quinn completed a play-action pass play-ac·tion pass
n. Football
A pass play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff to a running back before throwing the ball.
 of 29 yards to Jeff Samardzija Jeffrey Alan Samardzija (born January 23, 1985 in Merrillville, Indiana) is an American baseball player as a pitcher with the Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.  on the next play. On second down from the 4, OSU lined up to defend a sweep to the left, but the Irish ran Darius Walker Darius A'Dunte Walker (born October 21, 1985 in Stone Mountain, Georgia) is an American football running back on the practice squad of the Houston Texans. Prior to joining the Texans, he played collegiately for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  to the right and he scored to make it 24-14.

The Beavers proved more successful with their trickery Trickery
See also Cunning, Deceit, Humbuggery.

Bunsby, Captain Jack

trapped into marriage by landlady. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]


cheated of bride after lavish wedding preparations. [Span. Lit.
, running a flea flicker Flea flicker may refer to:
  • Flea flicker (American football), an unorthodox "trick" play in (American) football.
  • Operation Flea Flicker, part of the Iraqi coalition counter-insurgency operations.
 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Ryan Cole took a handoff and pitched back to Anderson, who completed a 32-yard pass to Gillett. After Anderson ran for two yards on fourth down at the Notre Dame 3, he threw a touchdown pass to Newton to make it 31-14 and send Irish fans toward the exits.

"That was frustrating," Baer said, "because I thought we were right back in it."

The fans who left early missed Notre Dame's final touchdown, an 18-yard pass from Quinn to Rhema McKnight Rhema Lee McKnight (born March 6, 1984 in Inglewood, California) was a wide receiver for the University of Notre Dame's American Football team and signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2007. . Oregon State recovered the ensuing onside kick onside kick
n. Football
A kickoff in which the ball carries just far enough, at least ten yards, to be recovered legally by the kicking team.
, and Dwight Wright scored an a two-yard run to account for the final score.




Oregon State - Derek Anderson, senior quarterback, Scappoose. In his final game at OSU, he completed 28-of-45 passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns, and was named the bowl's outstanding offensive player. Including the Civil War, Anderson threw 86 passes in his last two games, with just one interception, completing 52 for 709 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished his career with 79 touchdown passes, moving into second on the all-time Pac-10 list, behind Andrew Walter Andrew Walter (born May 11, 1982) is a professional quarterback with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL. Walter was selected by the Raiders in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Arizona State University. He is listed at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) and 234 lb (107 kg).  (85) and ahead of John Elway John Albert Elway, Jr. (born June 28, 1960) played American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Denver Broncos from 1983 through 1998. Elway holds many college and professional records and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is the only  (77).

Notre Dame - Brady Quinn, sophomore quarterback, Dublin, Ohio Dublin is a city in Delaware, Franklin, and Union counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 31,392 at the 2000 census. In 2006, the population was estimated to be 36,565[1], and Dublin continues to be one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Columbus. . Quinn completed 17-of-29 passes for 214 yards, with one interception, and threw two touchdown passes.


Rushing yards - Neither team ran the football very effectively, Oregon State because it didn't want to, and Notre Dame because it couldn't against the OSU defense. The Beavers rushed 18 times, 12 of those carries by tailbacks, netting 20 yards, as Anderson attempted 45 passes. Notre Dame, meanwhile, had 33 rushing attempts but only 59 net yards rushing.


`I think this team has made its mark, and done it under some trying times. ... It was a very unique deal to come back like we did." - OSU coach Mike Riley, on the Beavers' recovery from a 1-4 start.


Quarterback Derek Anderson finished second on the Pac-10 career passing yardage yard·age 1  
1. An amount or length measured in yards.

2. Cloth sold by the yard.

Noun 1.
 list with 11,249, behind only Carson Palmer Carson Palmer (born December 27, 1979 in Fresno, California), is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He attended the University of Southern California, where he won the Heisman Trophy Award in 2002 in his senior season.  of USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code.  (11,818). ... Anderson broke his own school record with 29 TD passes this season; he finished his career as OSU's all-time leader for passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense (10,716). ... Anderson's 358 passing yards were an OSU bowl record, bettering his 322 yards against New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S).  in the Las Vegas Bowl The Las Vegas Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1992. . ... With five catches for 105 yards, Mike Hass set OSU's record for catches in a season with 86 and receiving yards with 1,379; previous records were 81 and 1,306 by James Newson. ... OSU's 3,706 yards passing as a team in 2004 was the second-highest mark in OSU history; the Beavers' 4,545 yards total offense as a team was the fifth-best mark in OSU history; and OSU's 320 points was the fifth-highest total in school history.


No reported injuries.


Notre Dame ... 0 7 7 7 - 21

Oregon State ... 14 7 3 14 - 38


OSU 7, NOTRE DAME 0 - Gillett 12 pass from Anderson at 9:24. Serna kick. DRIVE: 27 yards in four plays, 1:18. KEY PLAYS: Stroughter 52 punt return to ND 27, Anderson 6 pass to Wright on third down for first down at ND 12.

OSU 14, NOTRE DAME 0 - Newton 11 pass from Anderson at 5:41. Serna kick. DRIVE: 4 yards in two plays, 0:48. KEY PLAYS: Doggett blocked Notre Dame punt and returned it 6 yards to ND 4; Anderson sacked on first down, then hit Newton in end zone for touchdown.


OSU 21, NOTRE DAME 0 - Haines 11 pass from Anderson at 7:49. Serna kick. DRIVE: 45 yards in five plays, 2:49. KEY PLAYS: Anderson 17 yards to Bernard for first down at ND 28, Nienhuis recovered Wright's fumble to preserve drive at ND 21, Anderson to Newton for 9 yards and first down at ND 11.

OSU 21, NOTRE DAME 7 - Fasano 13 pass from Quinn at 0:56. Fitzpatrick kick. DRIVE: 84 yards in 13 plays, 6:53. KEY PLAYS: Quinn rush for 14 and first down at ND 44; pass interference on Browner for first down at OSU 29, Walker for 14 and first down at OSU 15.


OSU 24, NOTRE DAME 7 - FG Serna 38 at 9:16. DRIVE: 32 yards in six plays, 1:59. KEY PLAY: Williams' 37-yard interception return to the OSU 47.

OSU 24, NOTRE DAME 14 - Walker 5 run at 2:40. Fitzpatrick kick. DRIVE: 49 yards in six plays, 3:34. KEY PLAYS: Quinn to Samardzija for 29 and first down at OSU 20, Walker run for 4 yards and first down at OSU 8.


OSU 31, NOTRE DAME 14 - Newton 1 pass from Anderson at 12:17. Serna kick. DRIVE: 90 yards in 12 plays, 5:23. KEY PLAYS: Anderson to Newton for 25 and first down at OSU 35, Anderson to Gillett on flea-flicker for 33 and first down at Notre Dame 12, Anderson quarterback sneak on fourth-and-inches for first down at Notre Dame 1.

OSU 31, NOTRE DAME 21 - McKnight 18 pass from Quinn at 4:52. Fitzpatrick kick. DRIVE: 88 yards in 10 plays, 4:04. KEY PLAYS: Quinn to McKnight for 10 and first down at the ND 24, Quinn to Samardzija for 16 and first down at ND 46, Quinn to McKnight for 27 and first down at OSU 27.

OSU 38, NOTRE DAME 21 - Wright 2 run at 3:19. Serna kick. DRIVE: 28 yards in four plays, 1:33. KEY PLAYS: Browner recovered ND onside kick attempt at ND 28 after Williams tipped the ball forward, Anderson to Hass for 20 and first down at ND 8.




First downs ... 17 19

Rushing ... 3 2

Passing ... 11 17

Penalty ... 3 0

3rd-down conversions ... 7 of 16 6 of 14

4th-down conversions ... 0 of 0 1 of 1

Rushing attempts ... 33 18

Yards gained rushing ... 90 46

Yards lost rushing ... 31 26

Net yards rushing ... 59 20

Average attempt ... 1.8 1.1

Passes attempted ... 33 45

Passes completed ... 18 28

Had intercepted ... 1 0

Sacks by: No.-Yds. ... 3-23 2-13

Net yards passing ... 217 358

Average attempt ... 6.6 8.0

Total offense plays ... 66 63

Total offense ... 276 378

Average attempt ... 4.2 6.0

Fumbles: No.-lost... 0-0 1-0

Penalties: No.-Yds. ... 2-10 5-45

Punts-Average ... 8-31.9 4-35.2

Punt Returns: No.-Avg. ... 1-7.0 5-15.4

Interceptions: No.-Avg. ... 0-0.0 1-37.0

Fumble Rtrns: No.-Avg. ... 0-0.0 0-0.0

Kickoff Rtrns: No.-Avg. ... 6-18.2 3-11.3

Total return yards ... 116 148

Possession time ... 34:18 25:42


Oregon State

Rushing tc yg yl net avg. td lg

Wright ... 9 26 2 24 2.7 1 8

Cole ... 3 3 0 3 1.0 0 3

Team ... 1 0 1 -1 -1.0 0 0

Anderson ... 5 17 23 -6 -1.2 0 15

Passing pc pa pl yg td lg sk

Anderson ... 28 45 0 358 4 37 3

Pass Receiving no. yds td lg

Newton ... 7 85 2 25

Hass ... 5 105 0 37

Gillett ... 4 62 1 31

Love ... 4 37 0 15

Haines ... 3 25 1 11

Bernard ... 2 19 0 17

Wright ... 2 16 0 10

Hawkins ... 1 9 0 9

Punts no. avg. lp

Paulescu ... 3 41.3 48

Team ... 1 17.0 17

Punt Returns no. yds lg

Stroughter ... 4 54 52

Doggett ... 1 23 23

Kickoff Returns no. yds lg

Herron ... 3 34 12

Pass Interceptions no. yds lg

Williams ... 1 37 37

Missed field goals

Serna, 37, 53

Top Tacklers no. solo sk

Bray ... 10 6 1

Ellison ... 8 3 0

Meeuwsen ... 6 4 0

Pollard ... 4 4 0

Browner ... 3 3 0

Piscitelli ... 3 3 0

Scott ... 3 1 1

Coker ... 3 1 0

Tackles for loss

Bray 1 1/2 -11, Pollard 1-2, Scott 1-9, Darkins 1-3, Piscitelli 1-1, Van Orsow 1/2 -6.

Notre Dame

Rushing tc yg yl net avg. td lg

Walker ... 13 43 0 43 3.3 1 14

Grant ... 14 24 5 19 1.4 0 8

Quinn ... 4 23 13 10 2.5 0 14

Wilson ... 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0

Anastasio ... 1 0 13 -13 -13.0 0 0

Passing pc pa pl yg td lg sk

Quinn ... 17 29 1 214 2 35 2

Dillingham ... 1 3 0 3 0 3 0

Hoskins ... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Pass Receiving no. yds td lg

Samardzija ... 5 89 0 29

McKnight ... 4 90 1 35

Wilson ... 2 3 0 3

Walker ... 1 13 0 13

Fasano ... 1 13 1 13

Palmer ... 1 6 0 6

Harris ... 1 3 0 3

Powers-Neal ... 1 2 0 2

Schmidt ... 1 1 0 1

Shelton ... 1 -3 0 0

Punts no. avg. lp

Price ... 1 51.0 51

Fitzpatrick ... 6 34.0 45

Team ... 1 0.0 0

Punt Returns no. yds lg

Holiday ... 1 7 7

Kickoff Returns no. yds lg

Hoskins ... 3 72 26

Campbell ... 2 23 17

Anastascio ... 1 14 14

Pass Interceptions no. yds lg


Missed field goals


Top Tacklers no. solo sk

Zbikowski ... 7 5 0

Jackson ... 4 4 0

Campbell ... 4 4 0

Budinscak ... 4 3 2

Ellick ... 4 3 0

Curry ... 4 2 0

Hoyte ... 3 2 0

Goolsby ... 3 1 0

Tackles for loss

Budinscak 2-18, Pauly 1-2.


Oregon State's Joe Newton holds aloft the first of his two touchdown catches in the Beavers' 38-21 victory over Notre Dame in the Insight Bowl. Matt York / The Associated Press Oregon State players including George Gillett (6), Adam Rothenfluh (12) and Jonathan Pollard (40) celebrate after defeating Notre Dame 38-21. Matt York / The Associated Press Derek Anderson threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns in his final start as Oregon State's quarterback. Matt York / The Associated Press Matt York / The Associated Press Above: Oregon State coach Mike Riley receives his ritual dousing near the end of Tuesday night's Insight Bowl win.
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Date:Dec 29, 2004
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