BERKELEY, Calif. – Brandin Cooks caught 13 passes for 232 yards and Sean Mannion passed for 481 yards and four scores as the Beavers became bowl eligible with a 49-17 win over California Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Beavers improved to 6-1 on the year and 4-0 in Pac-12 Conference play. The win kept Oregon State as one of two teams in the Pac-12 with a perfect league mark. Cal, meanwhile, dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in league contests.
Cooks tallied 197 receiving yards at the half and finished with a career-best 232 yards receiving, which also stands as the second-best single-game mark in OSU history, trailing only Mike Hass’ 293 against Boise State in 2004. Cooks now has 1,176 yards receiving this season, which is seventh for a single at OSU.
His 13 receptions, meanwhile, gives him 76 on the year, which ranks eighth at Oregon State.
Cooks caught a 34-yard pass from Mannion in the second quarter and rushed for a 15-yard score less than five minutes prior.
Mannion, meanwhile followed up his school record performance last weekend with another strong outing. His 481 yards passing is now ranked third in OSU history and his four touchdowns gives him 29 on the year, which ties him with Derek Anderson (2004) for the most in a single season.
The OSU junior completed 35-of-45 passes (77.7 percent), and his 481 yards gives him 2,992 on the year. He’s a little more than 1,000 shy of breaking Anderson’s school record of 4,058 in 2003.
Mannion found Caleb Smith for a 14-yard score with nine seconds remaining in the first quarter to put the Beavers up 14-3. Terron Ward scored his first of two touchdowns on a 1-yard rush with 7:53 remaining in the first quarter to put the Beavers up 7-0.
Ward scored his second on another 1-yard rush six minutes into the fourth quarter that put OSU up 49-10.
Storm Woods and Richard Mullaney caught the third and fourth touchdown passes of the game by Mannion, both coming in the third quarter. Woods’ came on a 28-yarder while Mullaney’s, which was less than three minutes after Cal’s first score of the game, came from 15 yards out.
The Beavers scored more than 40 points for the third consecutive game, a program first.
The Oregon State defense was stout, recovering two fumbles and getting interceptions by Rashaad Reynolds and Larry Scott. The Beavers out-gained the Golden Bears, 570 to 366, and totaled 31 first downs to Cal’s 19.