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Hall airs it out, BYU crushes Oregon State in Las Vegas Bowl

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LAS VEGAS -- Max Hall became a regular at the Las Vegas Bowl, and his final performance was his best.

The senior quarterback 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 on Tuesday night.

Hall gave the Cougars their third win in five straight bowl appearances in Sin City and ended the Beavers' run of five consecutive bowl wins.

 Las Vegas Bowl

"I love my years at BYU," Hall said. "We wanted to end it well."

Oregon State appeared troubled by cold winds and the lingering sting of missing the Rose Bowl after a close loss to rival Oregon in its season finale.

"Emotionally we were ready for this game. We came in here and expected to win. It didn't work out that way," Beavers guard Gregg Peat said. "That's a credit to BYU. They came ready to play. There are no excuses for the loss."

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. Hall had 139 yards passing in the first half.

"It means a lot. It's a special time for me," Hall said. "It's something I'll remember for a long time."

Hall won for the second time in the Las Vegas Bowl in three starts, throwing more touchdowns Tuesday night than in his previous appearances.

"If Max has to be judged by one game, it should be this one," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "My hope is that if there are comments [on Hall's performance] it ought to be on the basis of this game."

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 finished 20 of 41 for 173 yards and an interception.

"We hate leaving that opportunity out there," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "They controlled the ball, converted third downs and scored when they were going into that gale force, and that was very good by them."

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.

"It took all 11 players to do what we had to do to contain those two," Mendenhall said. "If they aren't able to move the ball, they can't score enough points."

The Beavers converted once on fourth down in five tries and were 5 for 16 on third-down conversions.

Winds gusted up 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 six yards.

Oregon State struck first on Canfield's touchdown. The score was set up by consecutive big plays from the Rodgers brothers -- an 18-yard rush by Jacquizz on the first play of the drive and a 17-yard run by James.

BYU responded with a touchdown on its next possession, marching 84 yards on 14 plays in just under six minutes and scoring on Unga's 1-yard run.

Oregon State then looked as if it would bounce back from Jacquizz Rodgers' fumble when it seemingly recovered a muffed punt near the goal line. But a holding call forced Oregon State to punt again, and BYU drove 69 yards and kicked a 28-yard field goal.

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Bronco Mendenhall and Max Hall celebrate after winning another bowl game in Vegas. (US Presswire)
Bronco Mendenhall and Max Hall celebrate after winning another bowl game in Vegas. (US Presswire)

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Scoring Summary
ORSTSean Canfield 1 yd run (Justin Kahut kick)
BYUHarvey Unga 1 yd run (Mitch Payne kick)
BYUMatt Bauman 34 yd fumble return (Mitch Payne kick)
BYUMitch Payne 28 yd FG
BYULuke Ashworth 25 yd pass from Max Hall (blocked XP)
BYUDennis Pitta 17 yd pass from Max Hall (Mitch Payne kick)
BYUManase Tonga 15 yd pass from Max Hall (Mitch Payne kick)
ORSTJacquizz Rodgers 1 yd run (missed kick)
BYUManase Tonga 18 yd run (Mitch Payne kick)
ORSTDamola Adeniji 31 yd pass from Ryan Katz (Justin Kahut kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1718
Third Down Efficiency5-168-14
Fourth Down Efficiency2-61-1
Plays-Net Yards74-30565-308
Passing Yds217192
Kick Return Yds10616
Punt Return Yds50
Time of Poss.29:5730:3
Individual Stats
ORST: Jacquizz Rodgers 18-63, James Rodgers 4-14, Ryan Katz 2-9, Sean Canfield 2-1, Jovan Stevenson 1-1
BYU: Harvey Unga 24-71, Manase Tonga 5-42, Jan Jorgensen 1-6, Max Hall 5--3
ORST: Sean Canfield 19-40-168-1, Ryan Katz 2-6-46-0, Johnny Hekker 1-1-3-0
BYU: Max Hall 19-30-192-0
ORST: Damola Adeniji 7-102, James Rodgers 4-30, Jacquizz Rodgers 4-13, Jordan Bishop 2-21, Casey Kjos 1-20, Markus Wheaton 1-12, Joe Halahuni 1-12, Keynan Parker 1-4, Lance Mitchell 1-3
BYU: Dennis Pitta 5-45, Andrew George 4-46, Harvey Unga 3-15, McKay Jacobson 2-27, Manase Tonga 2-19, Luke Ashworth 1-25, JJ Di Luigi 1-9, O'Neill Chambers 1-6