Saturday, December 29, 2007

UGLY UNIS WIN BOWL NAMED FOR NUTS

EMERALD (NUTS) BOWL
Oregon State (Beavers, 16,226 students, Corvallis, OR) 21, MARYLAND 14

Oregon State’s Yvenson Bernard rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown in his final college game, and the Beavers stopped Maryland's running game cold to emerge from a rainy baseball stadium with a 21-14 victory Friday night.

Bernard teamed up with freshman James Rodgers (left), who rushed for a career-best 115 yards, caught an early TD pass and recovered Bernard's fumble for the second half's only score. With one defensive stand after another, the Beavers (9-4) extended the Pac-10's longest bowl winning streak to four and snapped Ralph Friedgen's three-game postseason winning streak at Maryland.

Chris Turner passed for 205 yards and hit Isaiah Williams and Darrius Heyward-Bey with first-quarter TD passes, but the Terrapins (6-7) stalled in the second half of their fifth loss in seven games.

The Beavers' vaunted rushing defense -- ranked second in the nation -- was just as good as Maryland feared, holding the Terrapins to 2 yards on the ground in the first three quarters. Maryland ended up with 19 yards rusing…

Nineteen?

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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