Hawaii Bowl notebook: Miller sets BSU season record

ccripe@idahostatesman.comDecember 25, 2013 

— Boise State junior wide receiver Matt Miller recorded 11 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown to break the school single-season record for receptions. He made his 83rd catch — beating Jeremy Childs’ record of 82 in 2007 — for a 14-yard gain to the 1-yard line in the third quarter.

Miller finished the season with 88 catches, 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns — all career highs. He needs 14 catches, 476 yards and 14 touchdowns next season to break the career school records.

Miller set a Hawaii Bowl record with an 85-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and a Boise State bowl record with his receiving yardage.

He was named Boise State’s Hawaii Bowl MVP.

“This whole bowl prep, you’re thinking you’re coming here to get a win, so it’s kind of a bittersweet taste in your mouth, you work so hard and come here and lose the ballgame,” Miller said.

Oregon State junior quarterback Sean Mannion was 24-of-33 for 259 yards and a TD. He broke the Pac-12 record for passing yards in a season previously held by Washington’s Cody Pickett (Caldwell High).

Oregon State junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks made eight catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. He broke the Pac-12 record for receiving yards in a season. He already held the record for receptions in a season.

Another pick for Deayon

Boise State sophomore cornerback Donte Deayon grabbed his team-high sixth interception late in the first half. He earned All-Mountain West second-team honors this season.

Two TDs for Beavers DB

Oregon State senior cornerback Rashaad Reynolds scored on fumble returns of 3 and 70 yards in the first half. Reynolds came into the game tied for the team lead with six interceptions but hadn’t scored a touchdown.

End of an era

Chris Petersen wasn’t here, but the Hawaii Bowl ended the eight-year period in which he led the Broncos’ program. Boise State finished 92-13 during that time. Running backs coach Keith Bhonapha also did not work the game because he followed Petersen to Washington.

Here’s what we know about the other eight full-time coaches:

• Going to Washington: Chris Strausser (offensive line), Jonathan Smith (quarterbacks), Pete Kwiatkowski (defensive coordinator), Jimmy Lake (defensive backs).

• Staying at Boise State: Scott Huff (tight ends/special teams; will be offensive line), Andy Avalos (defensive line; will be linebackers).

• Unknown: Bob Gregory (linebackers), Robert Prince(offensive coordinator).

Quick hits

Boise State was the visiting team and wore white pants, white jerseys and blue helmets. … Boise State’s captains were Miller, center Matt Paradis, defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and safety Jeremy Ioane. … Ioane, who is from Honolulu, had 144 tickets out for the game. … Wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes (ankle) and safety Taylor Loffler (hernia) did not play. Quarterback Joe Southwick and tailback Derrick Thomas were suspended. … Boise State borrowed a local horse named Super for the game. … Linebacker Darren Lee carried the Hammer. … Gregory wore a lei on the sideline. … New Boise State coach Bryan Harsin did not attend the game, but was interviewed on the phone by ESPN.

Keepaway in stands

Boise State kicker Dan Goodale’s PAT went into the stands in the third quarter. A boy got the ball and the fans around him didn’t want to give it back. Security got involved and a fan chucked the ball to another section. That became a game involving much of the stadium, as the ball was passed — and, at least once, punted — from section to section.

The ball started behind one end zone. A fan finally gave it to a sideline worker at the other end of the stadium.

There was a happy ending, though — Hawaii Bowl Executive Director David Matlin gave the boy who started it all a commemorative football and a high-five.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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