Vaz is Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

HOW'S THAT FOR a first-ever collegiate start? Quarterback Cody Vaz was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after leading Oregon State to a 42-24 win over BYU on the road.

Junior quarterback Cody Vaz took the reins for the now-No. 8 Oregon State Beavers in his first game since 2010. He passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns, completing 20 of 32 pass attempts against a BYU team that ranked among the national leaders for total defense.

His 332 yards were the most by a Beaver quarterback making his first start since Matt Moore in the 2005 season opener against Portland State.

In addition, Vaz was selected a Manning Award Star of the Week, one of four to be a candidate for the ESPN Capital One Impact Performance of the Week (vote here) and a Davey O'Brien Award honorable mention pick.

Vaz is the fourth to earn a weekly honor this season for the Beavs (5-0) -- a Pac-12 high.

He joins quarterback Sean Mannion, linebacker D.J. Welch and punter Keith Kostol. Vaz and Mannion are the first two quarterbacks from the same team to get the weekly Conference honor in the same season since Nick Foles and Matt Scott of Arizona in 2010.

The Beavers return to action this Saturday at home against Utah in a night game being televised live by ESPN2. Kickoff is slated for 7:36 p.m. A limited number of tickets remain by contacting OSU at 1-800-GO-BEAVS between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or online at

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