Beavs gain some breathing room at half, 17-3

THE BEAVER D spent the first half shutting down Colorado. The Oregon State offense moved the ball at will through two quarters, but didn't have a lot to show for it until the final moments of the second quarter.

The Beavs took a 17-3 lead into the locker room, but needed a last minute touchdown before halftime to gain a little separation.

Oregon State was dominating the statistical categories, with the swirling winds negatively impacting both teams. And for OSU, some untimely mistakes have kept this one close.

The Beavs unofficially had 14 first downs to Colorado's four. The Beaver D held CU to 112 total yards and just 22 yards passing. OSU meanwhile had 247 passing yards.

Brandin Cooks continues to marvel, with two exceptional grabs in smothering coverage. He already had 7 catches for 152 yards headed into the locker room. CU has thrown everything at Cooks, and yet he still flourished.

Oregon State is trying to run more - they've rushed 13 times with RB Terron Ward getting 10 of those carries. OSU only has 38 rushing yards but they've continued to stick with it more than in recent games.

Meanwhile, Colorado has been able to do one thing well, something that they hadn't shown they'd be able to through two games -- rush the football. They had 90 ground yards at the half.

But Oregon State's defense has played their best half of football to date this season -- hands down.

Normally sure-handed receiver Richard Mullaney had two drops where Sean Mannion put the ball right on target -- one resulted in a gift interception Colorado returned deep into OSU territory. But the Beaver D stood up and forced Colorado into a field goal. That's really been the only time CU has threatened.

Mullaney made a pair of key catches later, including a grab on fourth down that eventually led to the second OSU touchdown.

Mannion is 15-33, with 247 passing yards, two touchdowns and the one interception that wasn't of his doing. He made several pinpoint passes, but also some overthrows where it appeared the wind was affecting some throws. Mannion fumbled the ball on a sack when OSU was the Colorado 11-yard line to kill another drive.

The Beavs have a 14-point lead but still there's a sense of Oregon State letting Colorado hang around. Will that come back to haunt them, or will the Beavs put their foot on the gas in the third quarter and settle this one early in the second half?

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