Rashaad Reynolds got to celebrate the end of his college football career with a lei around his neck, an MVP trophy and bragging rights over a possible future NFL player.
“I told him I had more touchdowns than he had,” Reynolds said he told Biletnikoff Award-winner Brandin Cooks after returning two fumbles for touchdowns, helping Oregon State beat Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday night.
“It’s crazy, you know, it’s bittersweet,” Reynolds said. “That was my last game going out there with my brothers, but also at the same time I was really Johnny on the spot.”
Cooks said the win meant a lot for the Beavers trying to break out of a slump.
“To string along that many L’s is definitely a burden for you and you just want to feel that feeling of a win again,” Cooks said.
The Beavers didn’t just win, they put the Broncos away quickly.
Cooks caught eight passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. He extended his Pac-12 single-season record to 128 receptions and broke the conference record for yards receiving with 1,730, passing Southern California’s Marqise Lee.
Sean Mannion threw for 259 yards and a touchdown, giving him a Pac-12-record 4,662 yards passing for the season.
“When you win, you’d like to say it’s a good ending — a good beginning for the upcoming year,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said.