From the Strip -- Day 4

Dec. 21, 2009

LAS VEGAS - It's the day before the game and the teams have been kept busy to this point. The Beavers appear to be raising the intensity with kickoff fast approaching.

We're at Oregon State's final walk-through before tomorrow and I can assure you that if you're planning to be at the game, the weather will be a far cry from what we had in September. Today it is breezy and cool and there are rumors that there will be rain tomorrow. Dress warmly if you're going to be at Sam Boyd Stadium Tuesday.

The offensive linemen got a treat at the walk-through when College Football Hall of Famer Mark May, who will be one of the analysts for ESPN tomorrow night, spoke to the group. Among other things, he talked about the special, brother-like bond that is formed along the o-line, the need to send their senior (Gregg Peat) out with a win, and let the guys know that despite watching the Beavers from the East Coast he didn't believe there was an East Coast bias because he was very aware of how good the Beavers are.

Both teams were together again last night for the Outback Buffet Bowl at the Fremont Street Experience. There was a singing group getting the guys in the holiday spirit and a highlight video followed dinner overhead on the world's largest television screen. Both highlight video were well made, but the OSU video might've generated a little more excitement; then again, I might be a little biased.

Today, we've been through the bowl's Kickoff Press Conference where head coach Mike Riley, Sean Canfield and Keaton Kristick spoke and answered questions. The Beavers' contingent represented the Oregon State football program well. The same could not be said for Paul Buker of The Oregonian, whose phone rang in the middle of an answer by BYU tight end Dennis PItta. Buker has been put on probation for future press conferences.

The Kickoff Luncheon followed the presser and both teams enjoyed a tasty lunch and mingled with the game's sponsors, local supporters and fans as well. Once again, highlights were shown of each team as well as highlights of bowl week including the time the teams have spent at ESPN Zone, the Terry Fator Show, the visit to Sunrise Children's Hospital and the Goodie Two Shoes charity event.

Fans are reminded that tomorrow's game and trophy ceremony can be seen at Kickoff is set for 5:01 p.m. on ESPN. As has become custom this season, fans are also encouraged to follow the game in our live chat throughout the game. Links for anything else you can think of in relation to tomorrow night's contest can be found at the Bowl Game Central page on

Watch the news on KEZI-TV tonight to see the latest that Steve Andress and Kurt Richter have put together on the Beavers in Las Vegas.



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