SEATTLE — Brandin Cooks caught nine passes, including a 54-yard touchdown scamper, in Oregon State’s 20-17 loss at Washington. It was the first loss of the season for the seventh-ranked Beavers.
Sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion, returning from a two-game absence due to knee surgery, threw for 221 yards but was intercepted four times.
Mannion led the Beavers back from a 10-point halftime deficit, the most OSU has trailed all season, to tie the score during a dominant third quarter comeback. The Beavers outgained the Huskies 195-69 behind Cooks’ 54-yard jaunt and a 29-yard Trevor Romaine field goal.
Cooks’ nine receptions tied his career-high and finished with 123 yards receiving, giving him four 100-yard games in 2012.
Despite losing the turnover battle for only the second time this season, the Beavers held close throughout the game.
Washington’s Marcus Peters intercepted Mannion’s final pass of the night setting up the Huskies at the OSU 30 yard line. Two plays later Bishop Sankey plunged into the end zone to put the Huskies up 17-10 with 8:19 left in the game.
Oregon State responded immediately with junior Cody Vaz at the helm. Vaz completed five out of six passes during the drive including a 29-yard strike to Connor Hamlett for the tying touchdown with 4:58 remaining.
However, the Huskies drove down the field eating up valuable time along the way. Travis Coons knocked a field goal through from 30 yards with 1:20 left.
OSU’s ensuing drive stalled out near midfield to effectively end the game.
Oregon State star receiver Markus Wheaton was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter and finished the game with two catches for 25 yards.