Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl Post-Game Notes
Stadium-Record Crowd Sees BYU
Las Vegas - The in-house attendance of 44,615 was the biggest crowd in Sam Boyd Stadium history. It was also the biggest crowd in Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl history, besting the 40,053 that attended last year's game between. BYU and Cal. Temporary bleachers were added to both end zones at this year's event, which were not in place at last year's game.
Largest Sam Boyd Stadium crowds:
1. 44,615 -- BYU vs. Oregon, Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, 2006
2. 42,075 ? Wisconsin vs. UNLV, 2002
3. 41,238 ? BYU vs. Wyoming, WAC Championship, 1996
4. 40,091 ? Wisconsin vs. UNLV, 1996
5. 40,053 ? BYU vs. Cal, Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, 2005
BYU senior tight end Jonny Harline was presented the Rossi Ralenkotter MVP Trophy after finishing with a career-high and Las Vegas Bowl record 181 yards receiving on nine catches, including one for a 41-yard touchdown.
BYU senior quarterback John Beck broke his own Las Vegas Bowl record for passing yards in a game with 375 on 26-48 passing, including two touchdowns and two interceptions. Last year vs. Cal, Beck threw for 352 yards in a 35-28 loss.
BYU, which made its first Las Vegas Bowl appearance a year ago, won its first bowl game since the 1997 Cotton Bowl (after the 1996 season), breaking a four-game bowl losing skid.
Oregon fell to 1-1 in Las Vegas Bowls. The Ducks won 41-13 over Air Force in the 1997 game.
The Mountain West Conference improved to 5-3 in the Las Vegas Bowl since the league was formed in 1999. That record includes a 3-3 mark vs. Pac-10 teams since the league began.
The No. 19 Cougars, who improved to 11-2 overall, were the first ranked team to ever play in the Las Vegas Bowl.
BYU DB Justin Robinson tied a Las Vegas Bowl record with two interceptions (Donald Toomer of Utah State had two vs. Ball State in 1993).
PIONEER PUREVISION LAS VEGAS BOWL RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN:
Most Points Scored in the Second Quarter: BYU, tied with 17 (UNLV, 1994)
Most First Downs by Penalty: BYU, 4 (3 by three teams)
Most Passes had Intercepted: Oregon, tied with 2 (sixth time)
Most Yards Passing: 375 by BYU QB John Beck (John Beck, 352, 2005)
Most Total Offensive Yards: 401 by BYU QB John Beck (John Beck, 394, 2005)
Most Passes Had Intercepted: 2, tied by BYU QB John Beck (six times overall)
Most Yards Receiving: 181 by UNLV TE Jonny Harline (Alex Van Dyke, UNR, 1995)
Most Interceptions: 2, tied by BYU DB Justin Robinson (Donald Toomer, Utah State, 1993)