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Hawaii Bowl Capsule
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 12/23/2013  at  7:33:24 PM
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Bowl

Boise State (8-4, 6-2 Mountain West) vs Oregon State (6-6, 4-5 Pac 12), 8 p.m. ET. (ESPN)

Line: Oregon State by 1 1/2, total at 64.

Series record: Oregon State leads, 4-3.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

A winning record, for Oregon State, which started the year with six wins in seven games but lost five straight to end the season. A win for Boise State would boost a team in transition, with coach Chris Petersen taking a job at the University of Washington earlier this month. Boise State has already hired his replacement, Brian Harsin, but interim coach Bob Gregory is leading the team in the bowl.

KEY MATCHUP

Oregon State's passing offense versus Boise State's passing defense. Boise State will need to focus on stopping Brandin Cooks, Oregon State's standout wide receiver. Of 160 total drives by opponents against Boise State, 56 have gone for less than 10 yards and 74 have progressed fewer than 20 yards. The Broncos also have 15 interceptions.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon State: Brandin Cooks, wide receiver. The All-American won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's most outstanding wide receiver after a season filled with big plays. He had 120 catches for 1,670 yards and 13 touchdowns, including 31 catches for more than 20 yards. Cooks' performance to cap the season could be a prelude to the junior skipping his senior year and declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Boise State: Grant Hedrick, quarterback. Boise State will be without part of its tandem of passers with Joe Southwick dismissed from the bowl by the team last week. Southwick disputes the dismissal, saying he was falsely accused of urinating from a hotel balcony shortly after the team arrived on the islands. Southwick had more attempts and more yards, though Hedrick has more touchdowns this year.

Hedrick has completed 68 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions.

FACTS & FIGURES

Boise States ranks second in the country in completion percentage at 70.4 percent. ... Cooks needs 52 receiving yards to set the Pac-12 record. ... The Broncos are averaging 15.7 on punt returns, second in the country. .. Oregon State cornerbacks Steven Nelson and Sean Martin, and safety Ryan Murphy, each have interception returns for touchdowns. ... Boise State has lost only four games since joining the Mountain West in 2011. ... Oregon State had five Pac-12 players of the week this year despite an even record.

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