Player of the Game Oregon State's redshirt-freshman quarterback, Sean Mannion, was spectacular, throwing for 376 yards and four touchdowns...
Player of the Game
Oregon State’s redshirt-freshman quarterback, Sean Mannion, was spectacular, throwing for 376 yards and four touchdowns. He hit on 26 of 34 passes.
After an impressive first half, the Beavers came out on the first series of the second half and continued their domination with the near-perfect quarterbacking by Mannion. He hit Joe Halahuni for a 25-yard touchdown to complete an eight-play drive for a 31-14 lead.
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Oregon State entered ranked 107th in the country at running the ball, but finished with 175 yards rushing. Malcolm Agnew led the way with 103 yards.
By the Numbers
5-4 The Cougars lost for just the fourth time since they started playing a home game at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field).
55 Seconds were left in the game when the WSU defense finally forced Oregon State to punt.
300 First-half total yards the Cougars gave up to Oregon State, which is less than what Washington gave up to Stanford in the first half. Combined, the Cougars and Huskies gave up 656 first-half yards Saturday.
WSU’s Jeff Tuel got so beat up in the first half with hard hits that he wasn’t able to return in the second half with problems with his left shoulder. He finished 11-for-13 passing for 127 yards and a touchdown.
WSU’s Sekope Kaufusi was called for a personal foul against OSU’s Agnew, which was loudly disputed by WSU fans. “I felt like I hit him with my shoulder, to be honest,” said Kaufusi. “It is what it is. When I asked the ref, he said I led with my helmet.”
The Beavers surprised the Cougars with their physical play, something WSU linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis said didn’t show up clearly on video. “No,” Hoffman-Ellis said. “It’s not always that the better team wins. The team that plays the best on that day does, and they outplayed us all-around.”
The Cougars announced they will return to CenturyLink Field next year, moving a home game to face the Oregon Ducks.
|Sept. 3||Idaho St.||W, 64-21|
|Sept. 10||UNLV||W, 59-7|
|Sept. 17||@SDSU||L, 42-24|
|Oct. 1||@Colorado||W, 31-27|
|Oct. 8||@UCLA||L, 28-25|
|Oct. 15||Stanford||L, 44-14|
|Oct. 22||Oregon St.||L, 44-21|