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Bowl committee announces Irish will take on Oregon State

Justin Schuver | Monday, December 6, 2004

The Insight Bowl committee announced Sunday that Notre Dame (6-5) would face Oregon State (6-5) in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28 in Tempe, Ariz.

“Playing Oregon State is a tremendous opportunity and challenge for our football team” Irish interim head coach Kent Baer said.

“Oregon State has been a power in the Pac-10 the last several years, and they have a lot of talent. We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing them.”

The Beavers finished tied with Arizona State for third in the Pac-10 Conference, behind California and Southern California.

Typically based on the bowl hierarchy, the Insight Bowl receives the highest remaining Pac-10 team after the Rose, Holiday and Sun Bowls are filled.

When the new BCS rankings came out Sunday, however, Texas moved ahead of California and took the Pac-10’s Rose Bowl spot.

California was invited to the Holiday Bowl, and Arizona State was invited to the Sun Bowl.

That meant that UCLA, which was long predicted to be Notre Dame’s opponent in the Insight Bowl, dropped down to the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Beavers provide an interesting opponent for the Irish, as Oregon State defeated Notre Dame 41-9 in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.

Senior linebacker Mike Goolsby was a freshman on that Fiesta Bowl team.

“When I heard about the matchup, I had flashbacks to the [2001] Fiesta Bowl, so it’s kind of ironic that my first season at Notre Dame and my last will both end against Oregon State,” Goolsby said.

“I know I can speak for my teammates when I say we’re looking forward to going down there and, especially, looking forward to playing and winning a bowl game.”