Las Vegas Bowl Announces Oregon State As Opponent For New Mexico

Dec. 1, 2003

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Bowl announced today that Oregon State University (7-4/4-3) of the Pac-10 Conference has accepted a bid to play in the post-season showcase. The Beavers will face the University of New Mexico (8-4/5-2) on Christmas Eve in a match-up to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 4:30 p.m. (PT).

Oregon State - with one game remaining at USC on Saturday - will make its eighth bowl appearance, including its fourth in the last five seasons. In its previous seven bowl games, Oregon State has compiled a record of 3-4. Last year, the Beavers appeared in the Insight Bowl and were defeated by the University of Pittsburgh by a score of 38-13.

The Beavers are led by junior running back Steven Jackson, a graduate of Eldorado High School in Las Vegas. Currently, Jackson leads the Pac-10 in rushing and is ranked 10th nationally with 1,334 yards, an average of 121.3 yards per game.

In its history, Oregon State has played New Mexico on only two occasions. The teams last met on the gridiron during the 2000 campaign when the Beavers edged the Lobos 28-20 in Albuquerque.

Since the Las Vegas Bowl instituted the MWC/Pac-10 matchup in 2001, the conferences have split the first two head-to-head games. In 2001, the University of Utah of the MWC defeated USC by a score of 10-6. Last year, UCLA hoisted the Las Vegas Bowl championship trophy after defeating New Mexico 27-13 before a paid attendance of 30,324, the second largest crowd in Las Vegas Bowl history.

The host hotel for Oregon State is the Luxor Las Vegas. Fans can call (800) 288-1000 for more information.

The Las Vegas Bowl will be played at the 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium. Tickets are available for purchase at the Oregon State University ticket office in Gill Coliseum, or by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or (541) 737-4455. Tickets cost $50. Additional information about the game can be viewed at


Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director:'Oregon State has never appeared in the Las Vegas Bowl, and we look forward to this team showcasing their talent in Las Vegas. With numerous players on the Oregon State roster from the Las Vegas area, we're obviously excited about the prospects for December 24. We eagerly anticipate the arrival of the team and Beaver fans into Las Vegas for this one-of-a-kind bowl experience.'

Bob De Carolis Director of Athletics, Oregon State University:'We are extremely honored and proud to be selected for the Las Vegas Bowl. It is a great reward for our team on a successful season. It will be the fourth bowl in five years for Oregon State. It is a great destination place for our fans. Eight of our student-athletes will love playing in their home town, which should generate tremendous fan interest from the local area fans. We are excited to represent the Pac-10 in this bowl game.'

Mike Riley, Head Coach, Oregon State University:'I am very excited about Oregon State having the opportunity to play in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Las Vegas Bowl has a great reputation, and I think it will be great for our team, considering the fact we have eight players from Vegas. I also think it will be a great trip for our fans.'

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