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Hall propels BYU past Oregon State

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Associated Press
December 23, 2009
— Max Hall threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns in the only bowl game he knows, leading No. 15 BYU past No. 16 Oregon State, 44-20, in the Las Vegas Bowl on Tuesday night.

Hall gave the Cougars their third win in five straight bowl appearances in the Sin City and ended the Beavers’ run of five consecutive bowl wins. Oregon State appeared troubled by cold winds and the lingering sting of missing the Rose Bowl.


Hall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Luke Ashworth, a 17-yard scoring strike to Dennis Pitta and a 15-yard TD pass to Manase Tonga. He had 139 yards passing in the first half.


Tonga added an 18-yard rushing touchdown, and Harvey Unga finished with 76 yards rushing and a TD for BYU (11-2).


Oregon State (8-5) scored on 1-yard runs by quarterback Sean Canfield and Jacquizz Rodgers, and a 31-yard pass to Damola Adeniji after the game was out of reach. Adeniji led all receivers with seven receptions for 102 yards.


Canfield completed only four passes in the first half as the Beavers struggled to sustain drives. He was 20 of 41 for 173 yards and an interception.


The normally dependable Rodgers fumbled for the first time in his college career in the first quarter, on his 621st touch, and Matt Bauman returned it 34 yards for the go-ahead score. Officials used replay to see whether Canfield’s checkdown toss to Rodgers was a lateral or a forward pass, and upheld the touchdown.


Oregon State finished with three turnovers.


, including a fumble by Rodgers’ brother James.


Winds gusted to 50 mph at Sam Boyd Stadium and temperatures fell to 30 degrees. The gusts were so strong that one of Oregon State’s punts traveled untouched only 6 yards.



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