Yikes! OSU down 24-14 at half

OREGON STATE'S DEFENSE against San Diego State came out flatter than three day old Dr. Pepper and OSU quickly trailed 7-0. The Beavs flipped the switch and shut the Aztecs down the next two possessions but poor tackling, indifferent pursuit and bad angles were to surface again. OSU found the end zone on two of their first three possessions behind Sean Mannion but the Beavs trail 24-14 at the half.

With the exception of SDSU's second and third possessions, where Oregon State held the Aztecs to a pair of three-and-outs, San Diego State marched virtually at will on the OSU defense in the first half.

Unofficially, the Aztecs had 248 yards of total offense. Oregon State had 177 yards and all but nine of them were passing yards off the right arm of Sean Mannion.

Running back Terron Ward had but four carries, and the Beavs had only six runs total - with the other two credited to Mannion and one of those was a sack. OSU attempted 31 passes in the half.

Mannion hit Kellen Clute for one score and Ward ran in another as OSU took a 14-7 lead and it appeared the Beavers late in the first quarter had shaken off the cobwebs and were on their way. Brandin Cooks had seven grabs for 77 yards in the first half.

But SDSU then grabbed hold of momentum and rode it to the tune of 17 unanswered points.

Mike Riley went for it on fourth-and-one at midfield with 1:44 left on the clock but Ward lost yardage.

SDSU immediately moved into field goal range but corner Rashaad Reynolds stepped up big with a corner blitz and sack. On the next play, Mana Rosa had the QB in his grasp and intentioanl grounding was called and the Beavers avoided further disaster when SDSU was forced to punt.

True freshman offensive tackle Sean Harlow saw his redshirt burned in the first half. Center Josh Mitchell was injured (ankle), which resulted in Isaac Seumalo moving back to his center spot from right tackle, and Harlow coming in to man the RT spot. Mitchell came back in the next series but had to later head into the locker room.


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