Defensively, senior linebacker Matt Bauman recovered a key fumble, returning it 34 yards for a touchdown. The score marked the first fumble recovery for a touchdown in BYU bowl history. Fellow team captain Scott Johnson intercepted an Oregon State pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 56 yards to set up BYU’s final touchdown of the game. Collectively the defensive seniors accounted for 28 tackles, four tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, one interception and four pass breakups. BYU and Oregon State met for the first time in a bowl game and for the first contest since BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall played for the Beavers in 1986. Both teams had to learn to deal with not only each other but also a cold 43-miles-per-hour wind flowing through the north end of Sam Boyd Stadium. Wind gusts of 55 mph created some havoc for the passing and kicking games. BYU punter kicked a 60-yard low liner with the wind that was the longest kick of his career and tied a BYU bowl record. Oregon State fell to 8-5 with the loss, ending a streak of five-straight bowl victories by the Beavers.