Beavers' offense comes alive in 44-21 triumph over Cougars
SEATTLE - There's life left in the Beavers.
Oregon State's offense was potent from start to finish, and the OSU defense did enough to slow down Washington State's offense at crucial times in a 44-21 win Saturday night at CenturyLink Field.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 376 yards and four touchdowns, hitting 26 of 34 passes, in leading the Beavers (2-5 overall, 2-2 Pac-12) to victory.
Oregon State scored on four of its five possessions in the first half to go into intermission leading 24-14 despite incurring six penalties for 77 yards.
Mannion completed 8 of 12 passes for 178 yards and two TDs in the first half, while Malcolm Agnew rushed 16 times for 81 yards and a score for OSU. The Beavers had 300 yards total offense in the half to 193 for the Cougars.
The Beavers increased their advantage to 31-14 by taking the opening drive of the second half to the house. Mannion's 25-yard bomb to tight end Joe Halahuni capped an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
After a Washington State punt was down on the Oregon State 1-yard line, the Beavers marched to the WSU 8, taking 15 plays and 7:37 off the clock. Trevor Romaine's 25-yard field goal gave them a 34-14 edge with 14:50 remaining.
The Cougars trimmed the margin to 34-21 after a nine-play, 69-yard scoring drive - aided by three OSU penalties - with Carl Winston scoring from 3 yards with 11 minutes to play.
But the Beavers put the game away on their next series, an eight-play, 72-yard drive. Mannion found Clayton York all alone for an 18-yard touchdown pass and a 41-21 advantage with 8:34 to go.
Romaine hit another 25-yard field goal with 3:31 left to make the score 44-21.
Rashad Reynolds of OSU then intercepted a Cougar pass in the end zone.
WSU's Jeff Tuel was 11-for-13 passing for 127 yards and a score in the first half. But the junior quarterback was harried often in the pocket and sacked three times before intermission.
On the game's opening possession, Washington State moved from its 30-yard line to the Oregon State 24. On fourth-and-1, WSU's Carl Winston was hit by OSU's Scott Crichton and fumbled. OSU's Dylan Wynn recovered and the Beavers took over at their 24.
On first down, Mannion delivered a perfect deep ball to Markus Wheaton for 37 yards to the WSU 38. Three plays later, Mannion threw a swing pass to Jordan Jenkins, who got a great open-field block from James Rodgers. Jenkins traveled 31 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 OSU lead with 8:31 left in the first quarter.
Affter a three-and-out, Oregon State drove deep into Cougar territory again. Agnew's first-down run inside the WSU 5-yard line was nullified by a chop-block penalty against Burke Ellis. On first-and-goal from the 31, it appeared Mannion had hooked up deep again with Wheaton for a score. But WSU cornerback Nolan Washington took away the ball from the junior receiver in the end zone for an interception.
The Cougars marched 80 yards in nine plays. On the first play of the second quarter, Marquess Wilson beat OSU cornerback Rashaad Reynolds for a 20-yard touchdown reception to tie the score at 7-7.
Oregon State answered with an eight-play, 89-yard scoring drive. True freshman Brandin Cooks was the star of the drive, hauling in a 38-yard bomb from Mannion, then pulling down a 12-yard catch for a touchdown and a 14-7 OSU lead with 10:58 to play in the half.
Washington State responded with a touchdown in less than a minute. On first down from the WSU 32, Tuel connected with Jared Karstetter for 48 yards, and OSU safety Anthony Watkins was called for a face-mask penalty on the play. On second-and-goal, Tuel sneaked for the touchdown, knotting the score at 14-14 with 10:01 left before the break.
Oregon State came back with a nine-play, 78-yard scoring drive. Agnew carried the final three yards around left end for a TD and a 21-14 advantage with 5:21 still on the clock before intermission.
On Washington State's next series, Crichton knocked the ball from Tuel as he was attempting to pass. Wynn recovered the fumble at the WSU 31. The Beavers moved to the 9, settling for a 26-yard Trevor Romaine field goal and a 24-14 edge 30 seconds before halftime.
NOTES - Tuel left with an undisclosed injury at halftime and was replaced by senior Marshall Lobbestael. ... Mannion was 13-for-14 passing for 129 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter. ... All of Oregon State's penalties in the first half were majors. ... Wynn's first-half fumble recoveries were his fourth and fifth of the season, setting a school record. Crichton's forced fumble was his fourth of the campaign, matching the OSU mark. ... Oregon State was without starting linebackers Feti Unga (calf) and Cameron Collins (groin) and backup tailback Jovan Stevenson (knee). ... Former OSU special teams coach Dave Ungerer is in his second year handling the same responsibilities for Washington State. Ungerer also coaches running backs. ... Oregon State sold 4,250 tickets for the game. ... The crowd of 49.219 seemed to be about 80 percent for Washington State.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Oregon State 7 17 7 13 - 44
Washington State 0 14 0 7 - 21
OSU - Jordan Jenkins 31 pass from Sean Mannion (Trevor Romaine kick) 8:18.
WSU - Marquess Wilson 20 pass from Jeff Tuel (Andrew Furney) 14:51.
OSU - Brandin Cooks 12 pass from Mannion (Romaine kick) 10:58.
WSU - Tuel 1 run (Furney kick) 10:01.
OSU - Malcolm Agnew 3 run (Romaine kick) 9:21.
OSU - Romaine 26 field goal :30.
OSU - Joe Halahuni 25 pass from Mannion (Romaine kick) 10:40.
OSU - Romaine 25 field goal 14:50.
WSU - Carl Winston 3 run (Furney kick) 11:00.
OSU - Clayton York 18 pass from Mannion (Romaine kick) 8:34.
OSU - Romaine 25 field goal 3:31
ATT. - 49,219.