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December 21, 2006

BYU dismantles Oregeon in Las Vegas Bowl

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LAS VEGAS - Five years of frustration and a decade of postseason futility are over for Brigham Young.

The No. 19 Cougars completed their best season since 2001 by beating Oregon 38-8 Thursday in the Las Vegas Bowl, ending the year with 10 straight victories and their first bowl win since the 1996 season.

John Beck passed for 375 yards and two touchdowns and Curtis Brown ran for 120 yards and two TDs. Jonny Harline caught nine passes for 181 yards and Justin Robinson intercepted two passes for BYU (11-2), which shut out the Ducks (7-6) through three quarters.

Oregon lost its fourth in a row and was never close after BYU scored 17 points in the second quarter. The Ducks had just 120 yards of offense through three quarters and didn't score until Brian Paysinger caught a 47-yard pass from Dennis Dixon with 10:27 left in the game. The Ducks added a two-point conversion, but that still only cut the lead to 31-8.

If Oregon was thinking about a miracle comeback, it didn't last long.

BYU recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored 1:13 later on a 13-yard run by Beck to seal it. Cougars fans who packed Sam Boyd Stadium with a record crowd of 44,615 stormed the field after the final play in celebration of the BYU blowout.

Oregon tried rotating quarterbacks again with Brady Leaf making his second career start and the quicker Dixon coming in to give the BYU defense a different look. It didn't work.

The Ducks allowed two sacks on their first series and Leaf and Dixon combined to throw for 166 yards. Both threw an interception and Oregon finished with 260 yards of offense.

For more coverage of BYU, check out CougarNation.com; for more coverage of Oregon, check out DuckSportsAuthority.com.



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