HONOLULU — It was hard to tell which Oregon State team would show up in Hawaii.
On offense, it was clearly the team that nearly took out Oregon in the Civil War.
A big part of OSU’s success against Boise State in Tuesday’s Hawaii Bowl — aside from Rashaad Reynolds’ two defensive touchdowns — was the run game.
The Beavers went to work on the ground right away and finished with 195 yards on the ground in the 38-23 win.
The biggest difference between the Hawaii Bowl and the Civil War was who had the big day. In the Civil War, it was Terron Ward. This time it was Storm Woods, who rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown. Ward added 54 and a score.
The Beavers were able to control the ball and put together a few long drives that proved to be crucial when the Broncos made a little push at the end.
“It’s almost out of desperation that we found it late,” coach Mike Riley said. “It’s really hard to live for any offensive linemen throwing the ball as much as we were throwing it against very good teams. Really good defensive lines. Matchups are hard, so we’ve gotten a real good snapshot of who we’d like to be the last two games.”
Although the Beavers gave up big yards to the Broncos — 538 total and 382 passing — they kept quarterback Grant Hedrick off-balance enough with a big push up front that it often slowed or stopped drives.
The Beavers sacked Hedrick five times, had eight tackles for loss and plenty of QB hurries.
Scott Crichton had three tackles for loss and one sack, but forced the BSU offensive line into holding and drew a few calls.
Mike Riley called Crichton a “difference-maker” for the Beavers.
OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker also brought pressure from the linebackers and defensive backs.
No tricks for Broncos
Trick plays have sparked Boise State to some big wins in the past, but the Beavers were ready.
OSU did not break down and give up any big plays when the Broncos tried a trick or two early in the game.
“That’s kind of a Boise State trademark,” BSU interim coach Bob Gregory said. “We didn’t get them (Tuesday).”
A few facts
With the win, the Beavers improved to 11-6 in bowl games. OSU is now 5-3 against Boise State.
This season, the Beavers were 4-1 in games when they scored a defensive touchdown.