2001 Fiesta Bowl

The 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, played on January 1, 2001, was the 30th edition of the Fiesta Bowl. The game was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, between #5 Oregon State and #10 Notre Dame.

In the game, Oregon State quarterback Jonathan Smith threw for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns and led the Beavers to a 41–9 rout. Chad Johnson had two touchdown receptions; future Cincinnati Bengals teammate T. J. Houshmandzadeh caught the other one. The Beavers scored 29 points in an eight-minute stretch of the third quarter to put the game away.[1]

Smith was named the offensive player of the game, and Beavers linebacker Darnell Robinson, who recorded two sacks, forced a fumble, and made an interception, was the defensive player of the game.

2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
BCS Bowl Game
Oregon State Beavers Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(10–1) (9–2)
Pac-10 Independent
41 9
Head coach: 
Dennis Erickson
Head coach: 
Bob Davie
1234 Total
Oregon State 39290 41
Notre Dame 0306 9
DateJanuary 1, 2001
StadiumSun Devil Stadium
LocationTempe, Arizona
MVPJonathan Smith, QB
Darnell Robinson, LB
RefereeJohn Smith (Big East)
Halftime showChandlerp.
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersSean McDonough, Ed Cunningham
Nielsen ratings10.7
International TV coverage


  1. ^ "2001 Fiesta Bowl" (PDF). Oregon State University Football 2007 Media Guide. OSUBeavers.com. p. 170. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
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