16th Annual Cactus Bowl
Oregon State 38, Notre Dame 21
December 28, 2004
Stadium: Chase Field
Offensive Player of the Game: Derek Anderson, Oregon State
Defensive Player of the Game: Trent Bray, Oregon State
Sportsmanship Award: Derek Curry, Notre Dame
Head Coaches: Kent Baer, Notre Dame (interim) - Mike Riley, Oregon State
Weather: Roof Closed (Rain outside)
Payout Per Team: $750,000
Derek Anderson wanted to end his Oregon State career on a high note. He did that and then some in leading the Beavers to a 38-21 win over Notre Dame in the 16th Annual Cactus Bowl at Chase Field.
The 6-foot, 6-inch quarterback tied a bowl record with four touchdown passes and completed 28-of-45 passes for 358 yards and no interceptions. He connected with eight different receivers and was responsible for all but 20 yards of the Beavers’ entire offensive output.
The Fighting Irish cut the lead to 24-14 late in the third quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Darius Walker. But Anderson led the Beavers on a 90-yard, 12-play drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Joe Newton that sealed the win.
The game was a rematch of the 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, which Oregon State won, 41-9, and was similar to that BCS game with the Beavers dominating on offense with touchdown drives of 27, 10 and 45 yards to take an early 21-0 lead. Sammie Stroughter had a 52-yard punt return and Derrick Doggett blocked a punt to help Oregon State to the short field position.
Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano to cut the lead to 21-7 with 56 seconds left in the first half and added an 18-yard touchdown pass to Rhema McKnight that made it 31-21 with 4:52 left.
The Irish tried an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, but the Beavers recovered on the Notre Dame 28 and put the game away on Dwight Wright’s 3-yard touchdown run.
Oregon State began the season 1-4, but rallied to win six of its final seven contests to finish 7-5.
Anderson, who was unanimously named offensive player of the game, finished No. 2 on the Pac-10 career yards passing list with 11, 249, trailing only USC’s Carson Palmer (11,818).
How They Scored
George Gillett 12-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Alexis Serna kick)
Joe Newton 11-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Alexis Serna kick)
Dan Haines 11-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Alexis Serna kick)
Anthony Fasano 13-yard pass from Brady Quinn (D.J. Fitzpatrick kick)
Alexis Serna 38-yard field goal
Darius Walker 5-yard run (D.J. Fitzpatrick kick)
Joe Newton 1-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Alexis Serna kick)
Rhema McKnight 18-yard pass from Brady Quinn (D.J. Fitzpatrick kick)
Dwight Wright 2-yard run (Alexis Serna kick)
Ryan Grant 14-19, Darius Walker 13-43, Brady Quinn 4-10, Marcus Wilson 1-0, Chase Anastasio 1-(-13).
Dwight Wright 9-24, Ryan Cole 3-3, TEAM 1-(-1), Derek Anderson 5-(-6).
Brady Quinn 17-29-1-214, Pat Dillingham 1-3-0-3, Justin Hoskins 0-1-0-0.
Derek Anderson 28-45-0-358.
Jeff Samardzija 5-89, Rhema McKnight 4-90, Marcus Wilson 2-3, Darius Walker 1-13, Anthony Fasano 1-13, Billy Palmer 1-6, Ryan Harris 1-3, Rashon Powers-Neal 1-2, Josh Schmidt 1-1, Matt Shelton 1-(-3).
Joe Newton 7-85, Mike Hass 5-105, George Gillett 4-62, Marcel Love 4-37, Dan Haines 3-25, Yvenson Bernard 2-19, Dwight Wright 2-16, Josh Hawkins 1-9.