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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 ceiling slowly began to close. When it was halfway shut, a long punt return gave the Beavers a jolt of momentum. By the time the process was three-quarters done, Oregon State led 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 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 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.

"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 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.

By the time the first quarter ended, it was 14-0, and OSU's second resounding 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 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 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, the defensive end who is Notre Dame's MVP 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 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 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 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 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 said.

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. 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 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 of 29 yards to Jeff Samardzija 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 to the right and he scored to make it 24-14.

The Beavers proved more successful with their trickery, running a flea flicker 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. Oregon State recovered the ensuing onside kick, and Dwight Wright scored an a two-yard run to account for the final score.

GAME REPORT

OREGON STATE 38, NOTRE DAME 21

STARS OF THE GAME

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 (85) and ahead of John Elway (77).

Notre Dame - Brady Quinn, sophomore quarterback, Dublin, Ohio. Quinn completed 17-of-29 passes for 214 yards, with one interception, and threw two touchdown passes.

KEY STAT

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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

`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.

GAME NOTES

Quarterback Derek Anderson finished second on the Pac-10 career passing yardage list with 11,249, behind only Carson Palmer of USC (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 in the Las Vegas Bowl. ... 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.

INJURY REPORT

No reported injuries.

SCOREBOARD

Notre Dame ... 0 7 7 7 - 21

Oregon State ... 14 7 3 14 - 38

FIRST QUARTER

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.

SECOND QUARTER

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.

THIRD QUARTER

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.

FOURTH QUARTER

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.

ATTENDANCE - 45,917

Team

ND OSU

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

Individual

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

None

Missed field goals

None

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.

CAPTION(S):

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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