Oregon State will play BYU in Las Vegas Bowl

LAS VEGAS — BYU is headed for the Las Vegas Bowl for the fifth straight year, this time to face Oregon State.

The 15th-ranked Cougars will be playing the No. 16 Beavers on Dec. 22 in the first meeting of two ranked teams in the bowl game's history.

"I think this is one of the more intriguing bowl games of this year," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said in a statement after the pairing was announced Sunday.

Oregon State (8-4) was one win away from playing in the Rose Bowl, but lost to No. 7 Oregon in the Civil War game that decided the Pac-10 title last Thursday. The Beavers are still bowl-bound for the fourth straight season, a school record, and are on a five-game postseason win streak that started with a victory over New Mexico in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl.

BYU (10-2) is becoming a regular December act in Las Vegas. It's about 375 miles southwest of BYU's campus, and Cougars fans have been faithful about making the trip.

At No. 15, BYU is the highest-ranked team to appear in the Las Vegas Bowl since it started in 1992. The Cougars were ranked 16th a year ago when they lost the game to Arizona.

The Cougars finished second in the Mountain West Conference to unbeaten TCU and are in the postseason for the fifth straight year.

"I'm proud of what our seniors and our team have accomplished this year," said BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, who played at Oregon State and was an assistant coach there.

This will be the first postseason meeting between the Cougars and Beavers, who have played eight times in the regular season. The Beavers hold a 5-3 lead in the series. The most recent meetings was a 10-7 victory for the Beavers in 1986, when Mendenhall was a starting safety and made four tackles against the Cougars.

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