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Vaz Leads OSU To Win Over ASU, 36-26

Courtesy: Oregon State Sports Information

CORVALLIS, Ore. –Cody Vaz threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 13 Oregon State to a 36-26 victory over Arizona State on Saturday night.

Terron Ward rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers (7-1, 5-1), taking on extra work when starting running back Storm Woods left early in the game with a sore left knee.

The Beavers got off to a slow start as Vaz lost the ball on Oregon State’s own 1 on the opening drive and Arizona State defensive end Junior Onyeali returned it for the touchdown to give the Sun Devils the early lead.

On the ensuing drive, the Beavers put points ont he board via Trevor Romaine’s 41-yard field goal. Arizona State answered with Cameron Marshall’s 1-yard scoring run for a 14-3 lead.

Vaz bounced back with a 50-yard scoring pass to Markus Wheaton, but then Arizona State got a safety on a blocked punt for a 16-10 lead. The Sun Devils added a 31-yard field goal from Jon Mora.

Ward’s 53-yard TD run narrowed it again for Oregon State and the Beavers tied it at 19 going into halftime on Romaine’s 45 yard field goal.

Vaz opened the second half with a scoring drive that ended with a 17-yard TD pass to Markus Wheaton as the Beavers pulled in front 26-19.

Romaine tied his career high with his third field goal, a 33-yarder, later in the third quarter.

Vaz found Brandin Cooks with a 49-yard scoring pass to make it 36-19 with 10:54 left. In the end, Vaz completed 14 of 33 passes.

Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly found Marion Grice with a 2-yard scoring pass with 22 seconds remaining. Kelly finished with 153 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception.

The Beavers got Wheaton back from a concussion he suffered the week before. But running back Woods, who nursed a sore left knee this past week, played just briefly at the start of the game before leaving for good.

Oregon State was also without cornerback Jordan Poyer, who has five interceptions this season and is tied for second nationally, because of a sprained right knee.

It was Arizona State’s fourth straight loss in Corvallis.

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