A quick statistical look at the Beavers' performance versus UCLA on Saturday afternoon...
During Pac-12 Media Day, Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley said he was confident that senior receiver Markus Wheaton would have a strong season, and Saturday's game was proof of that. Wheaton finished the game with 150 receiving yards, a career high, including a 42-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
Wheaton wasn't the only receiver to have a strong game; Brandin Cooks surpassed the 100 yard marker for the first time in his Beaver career, collecting 175 receiving yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch at the beginning of the second quarter; the scoring drive took 9 seconds. Making his performance even more devastating for the Bruins? He was once a UCLA commit.
This is the first game where two receivers (Wheaton and Cooks) have each finished with over 100 receiving yards since October of the 2010 season.
Sean Mannion could potentially be one of the most underrated quarterbacks in college football. The true sophomore signal-caller had his fifth career 300-yard passing game after going 24-35 for 379 yards and two touchdowns. His performance on Saturday was a career high.
Another player who emerged in the game was running back Storm Woods, the Beavers' leading rusher in Saturday's match up with 96 yards and one touchdown (the first of his Oregon State career). He also set his personal career rushing record.
One of the things most college football teams are pining for this season? A solid kicker. Oregon State's Trevor Romaine made two field goals for the Beavers (first quarter and fourth quarter); Romaine also serves as punter and had four touchbacks.
The defense was in prime form on Saturday afternoon, not allowing UCLA to get a first down until the end of the first quarter. Michael Doctor led the defense with nine total tackles (eight solo). Rashaad Reynolds and Scott Crichton tied for second with six solo tackles apiece.
Eighteen players on the Beavers' defense had at least one tackle versus the Bruins.
Mike Riley is now tied with Lon Stiner for having the most wins as a head coach in Oregon State history.