NOTEBOOK: Beavers Fall to Huskies

Oregon State drops their first game of the season to Washington on the road, 20-17...

Player of the Game:
WR Brandin Cooks. He started slow, and had a crucial drop a series after Markus Wheaton went out. But he got the Beavers on the board on a 54-yard catch and run and finished with nine catches for 123 yards.

Play of the Game:
Sean Mannion threw one of the prettiest passes of the night, threading the needle to Markus Wheaton. But a crushing hit by Sean Parker on Wheaton popped the ball in the air and Justin Glenn picked it off. It ended the night for Wheaton and really slowed the offense. Head coach Mike Riley said he's uncertain of Wheaton's status beyond

By the Numbers:
-The 10-0 deficit at halftime was the first time the Beavers trailed at the half this season and was their largest deficit of the season.

-Oregon State's offense suffered once Wheaton went out, and at the half, they had their lowest offensive output of the season, zero points and only 110 yards, 28 on the ground, 110 in the air. The Beavers finished the night with 427 yards.

-Mannion had one of the roughest games of his young career, throwing four interceptions, twice throwing them on consecutive drives.

-Freshman receiver Richard Mullaney had the longest reception of his career, a 45-yarder that set up the Beavers tying field goal.

-Cooks' 123 yards was his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

-Mannion's touchdown pass to Cooks was the 24th of his career, tying him for sixth on the Beavers' all-time list.

-Oregon State had two scoring drives of 70-plus yards, giving them 18 for the season, five more than they had in all of 2011.

-Washington's field goal to put them up 3-0 was the first time the Beavers had trailed in the first quarter this season.

-The 10-0 deficit at the half was the first time Oregon State had been shut out in a half since the second half against Cal last year.

Takeaways:
-Quarterback controversy?
Riley would comment on it after the game, but do the Beavers have a quarterback controversy on their hands? After starting 4-0, then missing two games because of an injury, Mannion started against the Huskies but had the four picks. Vaz, who went 2-0 starting for Mannion, came in after Mannion's fourth pick, and led the Beavers on a game-tying touchdown drive. After Washington went up by a field goal in the final minutes, it was Vaz who led the final drive for Oregon State.

-Home Sweet Home soon:
The Beavers will be at home for four of their next five games, including next Saturday night against Arizona State, before going on the road to Stanford, then ending the season with Cal, Oregon and Nicholls State (should they not qualify for the Pac-12 championship game).

-Pac-12 title hopes still alive: Oregon State still controls its own destiny in the Pac-12 North, and will play one more South foe, then finish the year with three divisional opponents, two who are either ahead (Oregon) or tied (Stanford) in the standings.

Beaver Injuries:
-Wheaton suffered a concussion in the second quarter and was lost for the game. His status long term, was uncertain following the game.

Brandon is in his eighth year with FOX Sports NEXT, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the FOX Sports NEXT Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the FOX Sports NEXT network since 2003.
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