BYU finishes on a roll, routs Ducks
Five years of frustration and a decade of postseason futility are over for BYU.
The No. 19 Cougars completed their best season since 2001 by beating Oregon, 38-8, last night 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.
BYU hadn't had a winning season since going 12-2 in 2001. The Cougars had lost four straight bowl games since beating Kansas State, 19-15, in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1997.
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.
On the defensive end, the star for Duke was freshman guard Jon Scheyer, who had the main assignment on Gonzaga senior Derek Raivio, who finished with a season-low 4 points, 16 below his season average.
George Mason 58, Holy Cross 46 -- Folarin Campbell scored 18 points for the Patriots (5-4) and the host Crusaders (6-5) shot only 30.5 percent from the floor in dropping their fourth straight game.
Vermont 72, Dartmouth 63 -- Freshman Joe Trapani scored 19 points to lead the host Catamounts (6-5) past the Big Green.
Oklahoma St. 95, Pittsburgh 89 -- Mario Boggan scored a career-high 30 points and had a crucial putback in the final minute to help lift the No. 15 Cowboys (12-1) to a double-overtime win over the seventh-ranked Panthers (10-2) in Oklahoma City.
Notre Dame 88, Army 47 -- Colin Falls scored 24 points and the host No. 20 Fighting Irish (10-1) made 15 3-pointers, both season highs, to win their ninth straight, their longest winning streak in 20 years.
Bentley 81, New Haven 62 -- Jeff Holmes scored 20 points and Jason Westrol added 16 and the host Falcons rolled past the Chargers to improve to 12-0, the best start in school history.
UConn (8-0) opened the game with a 16-3 run and never trailed. All five Huskies starters scored in double figures, four of them by halftime. Kalana Greene scored 17 points, Tina Charles added 15, and Charde Houston had 10.
After the game, UConn held a ceremony honoring its 10 first-team All-Americans from the past with a display on the wall of Gampel Pavilion. WNBA stars Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi flew in from Russia, where they are playing this winter. They joined Kerry Bascom, Rebecca Lobo, Jen Rizzotti, Nykesha Sales, Kara Wolters, Shea Ralph, Svetlana Abrosimova, and Swin Cash in being inducted as "Huskies of Honor." All but Ralph and Abrosimova were on hand.
Northeastern 87, Harvard 77 -- Ashlee Feldman scored 26 points and Lucia Pablos had 17 points, 10 assists, and 3 steals to lead the Huskies (1-9) past the host Crimson (1-10) for their first win.
Maryland 110, Loyola, Md. 55 -- Marissa Coleman scored 21 points, Crystal Langhorne added 18 on 9-for-9 shooting, and the top-ranked Terrapins (13-0) remained unbeaten with a rout of the Greyhounds in Baltimore.
Duke 72, Pittsburgh 51 -- In a matchup of undefeated teams, Lindsey Harding scored 22 points, and the No. 4 Blue Devils (12-0) made 30 of 36 shots from the line in beating the No. 22 Panthers (12-1) in the final game of the Caribbean Classic Tournament in Cancun, Mexico.
Vanderbilt 89, Indiana St. 75 -- Carla Thomas scored 22 points to lead the No. 12 Commodores (11-1) past the Sycamores in the championship of the Vanderbilt Holiday Tournament in Nashville.