Courtesy: OSU Sports Information
PASADENA, Calif. – Sean Mannion passed for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns, Oregon State put the clamps on No. 19 UCLA’s offense, and the Beavers opened their Pac-12 Conference season by topping the Bruins 27-20 Saturday.
The victory was the 74th at Oregon State for coach Mike Riley, matching the school record set by Lon Stiner, the Beavers’ coach from 1933-48. Riley is in his 12th year with OSU.
Mannion, a third-year sophomore, completed 24 of 35 passes with one interception and has passed for 200 or more yards in 13 straight games.
Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton had nine receptions for 150 yards and has caught at least one pass in 25 consecutive games. Brandin Cooks had six catches for 175 yards, and Storm Woods rushed for 96 yards on 21 carries for the Beavers.
The Bruins (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) scored 15 touchdowns and averaged 622.0 yards to rank second nationally in total offense in their previous three games. But the Beavers (2-0, 1-0) held them to 444 yards and two TDs.
Oregon State had played just once in the season’s first three weeks, beating then-No. 13 Wisconsin 10-7 on Sept. 8. The season opener against Nicholls State was postponed because of concerns over Hurricane Isaac.
UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin, the country’s leading rusher with a 180.3-yard average, was held to 45 yards on 12 carries. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry previously this year. Redshirt freshman Brett Hundley completed 27 of 42 passes for 372 yards and a touchdown.
Trailing 17-10, the Bruins blew two scoring chances in the third quarter. First, they failed to convert a fourth-and-2 at the Oregon State 35-yard line after Anthony Barr forced a fumble by Mannion at the Beavers 43 and Tevin McDonald recovered.
The Bruins got another chance when Stan McKay intercepted Mannion’s pass at the Beavers 48 on the next play, but they were forced to punt.
The Beavers then moved 88 yards on 13 plays to take a 24-10 lead, scoring on a 2-yard run by Storm Woodsone play after a pass interference penalty against Sheldon Price on third-and-goal.
UCLA responded by getting a 1-yard sneak from Hundley that capped a 75-yard drive and made it 24-17 with 14:01 to play. The Beavers got their 10-point lead back on Trevor Romaine’s 17-yard field goal with 9:33 left.
The Bruins had a chance to get within seven points again, but Ka’imi Fairbairn was wide right on a 42-yard field goal with 7:37 remaining. Fairbairn kicked a 35-yarder with 1:47 left, but Oregon State recovered UCLA’s onside kick and ran out all but the final five seconds
Romaine’s 22-yard field goal on Oregon State’s first possession gave the Beavers a 3-0 lead, but the Bruins tied it on a 22-yard field goal by Fairbairn early in the second quarter.
Oregon State, a 7 1/2-point underdog, took the lead back on the next scrimmage play – a 75-yard touchdown pass from Mannion to Cooks. Mannion’s 42-yard scoring pass to Wheaton later in the second period made it 17-3.
Hundley threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Shaquelle Evans with 49 seconds remaining before halftime to trim Oregon State’s lead to seven points.