Courtesy: Oregon State Sports Information
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sean Mannion passed for 433 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Connor Hamlett with 1:17 remaining in the fourth quarter, to help send the 18th-ranked Oregon State football team to a 38-35 win over Arizona Saturday night. The win sent head coach Mike Riley to his 75th all-time win at Oregon State, surpassing Lon Stiner for the most in school history.
Mannion found Hamlett for a 9-yard score in the fourth quarter on 3rd-and-5. It capped an historic night for Mannion, whose 433 yards passing stands as the fifth-best mark in a single game by an Oregon State quarterback.
The sophomore completed 29-of-45 attempts and found Markus Wheaton for touchdown strikes of 2 and 20 yards, respectively, while the senior wide receiver caught 10 passes overall for 166 yards. For the second consecutive week, he was joined by Brandin Cooks at the 100-yard receiving plateau – Cooks had 149 yards on nine catches.
The Oregon State ground game got going in a big way in the win, with Storm Woodsposting a touchdown on the strength of 29 carries and 161 yards. The redshirt freshman put the Beavers up 24-21 in the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown rush.
The Beavers totaled 613 yards of total offense, which, in itself is notable as it stands as the sixth-best single-game output in Oregon State history, and the most since the team gained 654 yards against Arizona in 2005.
Riley’s record-setting win comes in his 12th season with the Beavers, and surpasses Stiner, who won 74 games while at Oregon State from 1933-48.
Mannion’s final touchdown strike of the game – which ended as Oregon State’s sixth straight win over the Wildcats in Tucson – left 1:17 on the clock, forcing the team’s defense to make a stand.
That’s just what the “D” did.
Rashaad Reynolds picked off Arizona quarterback Matt Scott on 1st-and-10 from the Wildcats’ 44. It capped an impressive defensive night for Reynolds, whose five pass breakups in the first half tied Dennis Weathersby’sschool record.
The win sent the Beavers to a 3-0 record; it’s the first time since 2000 Oregon State ended the month of September with a perfect mark.
The Oregon State comeback was necessitated in the fourth quarter when Austin Hill caught a 7-yard pass from Scott with 5:34 remaining. The Wildcats’ first lead came early in the third quarter when KaDeem Carey put Arizona up 21-17 with a 24-yard touchdown run. That marked the first time this season the Beavers trailed.
Oregon State went up 17-0 through the first quarter and a half of play. Mannion’s first strike to Wheaton put OSU up 7-0 in the first quarter, then watched as Trevor Romaine lengthened the lead to 10-0 with a 30-yard field goal at the 10:59 mark of the second quarter.
Tyler Anderson scored his first career touchdown later in the second quarter on a 1-yard rush. The score came nearly five minutes after Romaine’s field goal split the uprights and appeared to put the Beavers in the driver’s seat.
Arizona (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) slowly chipped away at the lead when Carey scored his first touchdown of the game at the 3:29 mark of the second quarter. The Wildcats added a touchdown early in the third to pull within three, 17-14, and scored 21 points during the quarter to hold a 28-24 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
Scott nearly matched Mannion, passing for 403 yards but he threw two interceptions - Jordan Poyer made an acrobatic interception of one of Scott’s passes in addition to Reynolds’ pick late in the fourth quarter.
Carey had 115 yards rushing to lead the Wildcats.
The Beavers return to Reser Stadium next Saturday, Oct. 6, when hosting Washington State in a game that starts at 3 p.m. PT.