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Pac-12: Oregon State tries to break losing streak

Washington State already ruined the Pac-12's opportunity to go unbeaten in the bowl season, but now Oregon State will try to break its own losing streak.

The Beavers (6-6), lost their last five games of the regular season, meet Boise State in Tuesday's Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu (6 p.m. MST, ESPN).

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Before diving into this game, a look back at Washington State's 48-45 loss to Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl. One question: What happened? The Cougars had to work hard to lose this game, after leading 45-30. Two fumbles in the last two minutes enabled CSU to produce a touchdown, two-point conversion and field goal to somehow win in regulation.

USC's 45-20 victory over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl was impressive, but the Pac-12's bowl record already was spoiled. That's a good word for Oregon State's season, after the Beavers once stood 6-1. Everybody knew the schedule was going to get tougher, but OSU embarrassed itself against Washington in a 69-27 loss.

OSU did play very well in a loss to Oregon, losing via a late touchdown pass. But the Beavers really need to beat Boise State, otherwise it will be a long offseason. The Broncos, meanwhile, are in a coaching transition, with assistant Bob Gregory serving as the interim coach before Bryan Harsin takes over the program.

Boise State once lost a Hawaii Bowl to East Carolina and has not been a great bowl team overall, despite its BCS success. So this is a good chance for the Beavers to overcome their downward slide at the end of 2013. Oregon State 31, Boise State 24.

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Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Canzano: Ex-University of Oregon defensive coordinator says USC is "playing soft"
» Recruiting 101: Explaining redshirts and grayshirts
» Ohio State fan who rushed field and was body-slammed by coach loses scholarship

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford's Shaw shoots down interest in Raiders job
» Stanford beats Washington with fourth-quarter touchdown
» Matchup: No. 16 Stanford at Washington
» Stanford facing must-win game at Washington's noisy Husky Stadium

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» Huskies rallying around Cyler Miles after offensive struggles
» Washington volleyball team sends USC packing in straight sets
» Washington baseball will host 28 games in 2015
» Washington football: A progress report after five games

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Offensive line backups impress
» Now that was a playoff game
» WSU football live chat
» Morning links and a live chat to come



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