POSTGAME NOTES: No. 14 BYU vs. No. 18 Oregon State



The following BYU bowl records were broken in BYU’s 44-20 win over Oregon State tonight:

- Linebacker Matt Bauman’s 34-yard fumble recovery touchdown return marked BYU’s first fumble recovery score in bowl history

- Riley Stephenson’s career-long 60-yard punt in the second quarter tied a BYU bowl record also held by former Cougar Jesse Soward (1999 Motor City Bowl)

- Kicker Mitch Payne’s six point-after attempts tonight breaks the previous record of five held by both Kurt Gunther (1981 Holiday Bowl) and Jared McLaughlin (2006 Las Vegas Bowl)

- Payne also ties the PATs made record (5) shared by Gunther and McLaughlin in those same games and helps him set a new bowl career record with 10

- Running back Harvey Unga’s 24 carries tonight surpasses the previous record of 19 held by Jeff Blanc (1974 Fiesta Bowl)

- After his performance tonight, Unga has 58 bowl career carries (2007-09), passing Jim McMahon’s 34 (1978, 1980-81)

- After running for 76 yards tonight, Unga has 163 bowl career rushing yards (2007-09), passing Curtis Brown’s 148 (2005-06)


The 2009 MAACO Las Vegas Bowl marked the Cougars' 28th overall bowl appearance. With the win over Oregon State, BYU now has a post-season bowl record of 10-17-1.


Including the today, the Cougars have played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas a total of 16 times, including eight times in the past five years. The Cougars are 12-3 when playing at Sam Boyd Stadium, including a record of 8-0 against UNLV, 3-2 in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas and 1-1 in the WAC Championship.


Senior linebacker Matt Bauman recovered an Oregon State fumble, his first this season, with 1:41 to play in the first quarter, returning it for a 34-yard touchdown, increasing the BYU lead to 14-7. Linebacker Jordan Pendleton’s hit on OSU ball carrier Jacquizz Rodgers marked the Beaver’s first career fumble. The score was only BYU’s second touchdown off a fumble recovery this season, the first being a 12-yard return by Pendleton during the Tulane game.

Senior linebacker Shawn Doman recovered his fourth fumble of the season with 12:59 remaining in the game. The offense needed only one play to reach the endzone as quarterback Hall found senior Manase Tonga for a 15-yard touchdown reception to increase the lead 37-7.

The Cougars have now recovered 10 fumbles in 13 games.


As a further tribute to recognize the 25-year anniversary of BYU’s 1984 National Championship season, BYU wore royal blue uniforms today. The team wore the school's old royal-colored uniforms in its final home game against Utah to honor the 1984 team. They will later be available for purchase via auction on to help fund athletic scholarships.


Junior Harvey Unga scored BYU’s first touchdown of tonight’s game off a 1-yard run with 2:47 to play in the first quarter, tying the score 7-7 after the made PAT. Unga has accounted for the Cougars’ first six points in seven games this season.


BYU won the coin toss today and elected to receive, marking the eighth time this season the Cougars have won the toss. BYU is now 6-2 when losing the toss.


With today’s win the Cougars improve to 159-46 when nationally ranked in the Top 25. A ranked BYU team has won 28 of its last 33 games dating back to 2006.


Bronco Mendenhall has led BYU to 11-2 records in three of four seasons, while earning 10 wins in 2008. With the win over Oregon State, the Cougars match the 11-2 record they earned in 2006 and 2007, marking the 11th time in program history. Never before has a BYU coach led his team to four consecutive seasons of 10-plus wins.


BYU has a tradition of selecting a player before each game to run the team flag onto the field, as well as a former Cougar to carry out the alumni flag. As part of the 25-year anniversary celebration of BYU’s national championship, each alumni chosen to carry out the flag this year will be a member of the 1984 team.

Carrying the team flag today was senior linebacker Dan Van Sweden with former BYU offensive lineman Dave Wright carrying the alumni flag. Wright was an All-WAC selection who played for the Cougars form 1981-85.


Consensus All-American tight end Dennis Pitta caught his first pass of the game, a 10-yard completion, with 5:48 to play in the first quarter. The senior has caught a pass in 43 consecutive games dating back to Oct. 23, 2004 (at Air Force), prior to his mission. Those 43 games extend a BYU program record previously held by wide receiver Glen Kozlowski (1981-85) with 38.


Oregon State was the first to score today on a 1-yard touchdown rush with 8:45 remaining in the first quarter. The Cougars’ opponents have been the first to score in seven games this season, the others being Oklahoma, Florida State, Utah State, TCU, New Mexico and Utah. The Cougars are 5-2 in those seven games.


Today marked senior defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen’s 52nd straight career start. During that streak, Jorgensen has started every game of his collegiate career and set a new MWC all-time career sack record in 2008 with 22.5. Jorgensen’s first career start came against Arizona on Sept. 2, 2006.


Quarterback Max Hall recorded three touchdown passes against Oregon State today, giving him 33 on the year. Those 33 touchdown passes have been to 10 different members of the BYU receiving corp. Hall threw a touchdown pass in 36-of-39 career games, including all 13 games this season.


In the Bronco Mendenhall era, BYU is 43-4 when leading at halftime and 41-1 when taking a lead into the fourth quarter.

Mendenhall’s teams have won 28 straight games when leading by at least 14 points at the halftime break, 75 overall as a team. The last time BYU lost a game after leading by at least 14 points at the half was on Oct. 10, 1987 when it lost, 29-27, in its homecoming game against Wyoming.


Defensive back Scott Johnson recorded his fourth interceptions of the season with 4:47 to play in the game, returning it for 56 yards. The turnover resulted in Manase Tonga’s second touchdown of the day, an 18-yard run.

The Cougar defense has snagged 14 interceptions through 13 games.


Under Bronco Mendenhall, BYU is 4-7 vs. ranked foes, with its other wins being a 31-17 victory over No. 15 TCU on Sept. 28, 2006, a 14-13 win over No. 3 Oklahoma on Sept. 5, 2009 and a 26-23 overtime win over No. 21 Utah on Nov. 28. 2009.


Coming into tonight’s game, quarterback Max Hall needed only two pass completions to move ahead of BYU’s John Beck (885) to become the Mountain West Conference career record holder. The senior surpassed that mark with 5:48 to play in the first quarter on a 10-yard completion to senior All-American Dennis Pitta.