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Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 3:15 AM EST
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Oregon St 38, Notre Dame 21
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PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Derek Anderson's final collegiate game was a memorable one.

Anderson passed for 358 yards and four touchdowns as Oregon State easily defeated Notre Dame, 38-21, in the Insight Bowl.

Anderson, who completed 28-of-45 passes, tossed two touchdowns to Joe Newton and one each to George Gillett and Dan Haines as he moved into second place on the Pac-10 Conference's all-time list in career TDs (79) and passing yards (11,249).

"There were some things there we could take advantage of. It was what we did all season," said Anderson, the game's Offensive MVP. "Their ball skills weren't that great at the corner and we knew we could get them turned around."

Oregon State (7-5) opened a 14-0 first-quarter cushion behind TD tosses of 12 yards to Gillett and 11 yards to Newton. Anderson's 11-yard TD pass to Haines made it 21-0 with 7:49 left in the second quarter, and the Beavers led by at least 10 points thereafter.

The first two scores were set up by a long punt return by Sammie Stroughter and a blocked punt by Derrick Doggett, respectively.

"We made a couple of special-team plays early that were great," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "We've been a good red-zone team all year long and we capitalized on that. Then defensively, when we got that lead, I thought it would be hard for them to come back."

Notre Dame (6-6), which has lost seven straight postseason games since beating Texas A&M in the 1994 Cotton Bowl, was playing its one and only game under Kent Baer, their defensive coordinator under Tyrone Willingham, who was fired on November 30.

"I'd be lying if I told you that it didn't affect some people," said Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, who completed 17-of-29 passes for 214 yards and two TDs.

"You try your best not to focus on that. I think the team dealt with the situation they were given as well as any team could. It just came down to us not making the plays we needed to and we weren't getting the running game like we wanted to."

After getting spurned by Utah coach Urban Meyer and several other candidates, the Irish named New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis their new coach. But Baer - whose future is uncertain - was allowed to coach this one.

"I think there is a definite bond that has been created over all this," Baer said. "We are all human and I am very proud of how hard they played. I know we lost the football game tonight, but there is a bright future ahead.

"There is a sense of relief, but there is also some sadness. This has been such a tremendous experience and I am grateful for that, and I am proud to say I coached there."

Oregon State middle linebacker Trent Bray was named Defensive MVP. He finished with 10 tackles and one sack.

"There was a focus to come out and stop the run," Bray said. "Our 'D' line played great and the linebackers filled the holes. They had nowhere to run."

Anderson's four touchdown passes tied an Insight Bowl record, matching Virginia Tech's Bryan Randall in 2003, West Virginia's Marc Bulger in 1998 and Brigham Young's John Walsh in 1994.

Oregon State routed Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, 41-7.


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