Bernard relishes the rush of a big finale game.Byline: Curtis Anderson The Register-Guard
SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden - Oregon State running back Yvenson Bernard Yvenson Bernard [pronounced 'EVAN-son'] (born October 25, 1984 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is an American football running back for the Oregon State Beavers football team. He is entering his senior season at OSU in 2007. couldn't have asked for a better ending to his record-setting career.
The fifth-year senior, who hadn't played since suffering a knee injury against Washington State five weeks ago, rushed for 177 yards on 38 carries to lead the Beavers to a 21-14 victory over Maryland in the sixth annual Emerald Bowl The Emerald Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually at 40,800-seat AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) in San Francisco, California, since 2002. at AT&T Park on Friday.
Bernard, who admitted to being a bit rusty early in the contest, finished his collegiate career with 3,862 yards rushing, which ranks sixth overall in Pac-10 history, and second at 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. . His total against the Terrapins was an Emerald Bowl record, breaking the mark of 144 yards set last year by UCLA's Chris Markey.
"Those first couple of plays, I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what I was thinking," Bernard said. "That's what five weeks off does to you. I hadn't been in a game for awhile a·while
For a short time.
Usage Note: Awhile, an adverb, is never preceded by a preposition such as for, but the two-word form a while may be preceded by a preposition. and that hurt me, but my offense stuck with me, told me to trust my first read, and that's what I did."
It was Bernard's 2-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds left in the first half that enabled the Beavers to pull even with Maryland at 14-14.
As usual, the 5-foot-9, 201-pound Bernard got stronger as the game progressed.
He broke his longest run of the day, a 29-yard burst to the left side, to give the Beavers a first down at the Maryland 7-yard line late in the third period.
Bernard added three yards up the middle, and on the next play, plowed over left tackle to the 1 but fumbled the ball on a hit by Maryland linebacker Dave Phillistin. Fortunately for OSU, James Rodgers was in the right spot, scooped up the loose ball, and dove across the goal line to give the Beavers a 21-14 edge, a lead they would not relinquish.
"That's what teammates are for," a grateful Bernard said. "For some reason, I can't start off a game with a bang, but I finish it off strong."
It was a combination of Bernard and Rodgers that finished off the Terrapins.
With a first-and-10 at their own 1-yard line with 6:24 left to play, the Beavers handed the ball to Bernard seven times, while Rodgers, who finished with 115 yards rushing on a variety of sweeps and reverses, added four carries and two pass receptions, as OSU patiently ran out the clock with a 14-play, 92-yard drive that ended at the Maryland 7-yard line.
It was the first time since 2000 that the Beavers had two players rush for over 100 yards in the same game.
"It was a great way to finish a great game," OSU senior center Kyle DeVan said. "We knew we could drive it down the field and take that time off the clock. That was a showcase of what Ev can do. He's going to hit you for three quarters, and then take over in the fourth, and I was so happy that coach put it in our hands. It turned out to be a good choice."
Rodgers, who led the Beavers with five catches for 40 yards, hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Sean Canfield can·field
A form of solitaire.
[After Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914), American gambler.]
Noun 1. on their first possession of the game to knot the score at 7-7. The diminutive di·min·u·tive
1. Extremely small in size; tiny. See Synonyms at small.
2. Grammar Of or being a suffix that indicates smallness or, by semantic extension, qualities such as youth, familiarity, affection, or freshman averaged 11.5 yards on 10 carries.
But it was Bernard, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Arthroscopic knee surgery
Surgery performed to examine or repair tissues inside the knee joint through a special scope (arthroscope).
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arthroscopic knee surgery on Nov. 20, carrying the Beavers on this day, and nobody was more thankful for his return than OSU coach Mike Riley
"It was great to have (Bernard) back," Riley said. "I think he got mad in the first half because he wasn't getting the ball enough. But that's typical of him. He just gets warmed up with 25 carries."