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2022 Las Vegas Bowl, Oregon State vs. Florida, 12-17-22: Photo Gallery

The 2022 Las Vegas Bowl was largely dominated by an Oregon State Beavers (10-3) squad seeking its first 10-win campaign since the 2006 season under then-head coach and 2022 USFL Coach of the Year Mike Riley. Prior to that, the team’s current head coach, Jonathan Smith, quarterbacked the Beavers to an 11-1 record and 2001 Fiesta Bowl victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Beavers had 24 first downs to the Gators 13, scored on five of its six Red Zone scoring attempts and converted seven-of-12 third down opportunities in a resounding 30-6 victory in Allegiant Stadium.

But when asked to compare the current team to the one in which he passed for a career-high 2,773 yards and 20 touchdowns at the beginning of the century, the 2022 Pac-12 Co-Coach of the Year was having none of it.

“Ahhh…yeah,” Smith said in an aw-shucks manner while laughing . “I’m not going to be a smart aleck now. I think that both those teams had really good players on it and, again, special years on both instances. Really happy with this team. I’ll leave it there.”

Florida (6-7) -led by first-year head coach Billy Napier– was without starting quarterback Anthony Richardson (opted-out) or senior wideout Justin Shorter.