For two sometimes rivals, the Hawaii Bowl next week represents a chance to save the season.
The Oregon State and Boise State football teams will meet Dec. 24. The winner goes home with a trophy and orders a set of championship rings. The loser goes home with either a losing season (Beavers) or their worst record in 15 years (Broncos).
The last few games, we havent been playing what we feel is our best football, Beavers junior quarterback Sean Mannion said. We went up against some tough opponents, and we didnt play our best. With the six-game win streak, we were playing pretty close to our best football every game.
The Beavers, like the Broncos, were ranked at one point this season and were in position to make a run at a division title in their conference.
For the Beavers, the season turned with a 20-12 loss to Stanford on Oct. 26 in Corvallis. Losses to USC, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon (by one point) followed.
It was just a bunch of mistakes that we made, and it cost us, junior defensive end Scott Crichton said. We showed fight that last game, and I felt like that should have been our game.
The Beavers will seek redemption against the Broncos. The schools met four consecutive years from 2003 to 2006 and in 2010 producing entertaining games and large crowds.
This time, they provide one of the most intriguing matchups of the early bowl lineup.
Everyone is real excited for a chance to play one more game and finish this year on a better note than we had before (against Oregon), Mannion said. Everyone in the country knows about Boise State and how tough they are. We know theyre one of the toughest teams for anybody to beat in the country.
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