THE GAME TURNED on a third down in the third quarter. OSU, trailing by seven and facing a third-and-ten from their own 28-yard line, needed a spark. Sean Mannion and Caleb Smith were ready with one. And then cornerback Rashaad Reynolds fanned the flames.

The Cougars never recovered after that third down completion -- the Beavs didn't let them.

With the Beavs trailing 24-17 late in the third quarter, the 29-yard connection from Sean Mannion to Caleb Smith jump started the Beavs to two quick scores and the lead.

And then Rashaad Reynolds snagged two interceptions to put OSU on the hunt of two more scores.

Suddenly, in a game neither team had led by more than seven was fast turning into a blowout, as Oregon State forged a 21-point lead at 45-24 with 10:40 left in the game.

And the Beavs weren't done, as Brandin Cooks scored his third touchdown of the fourth quarter to push the margin to 52-24.

Another WSU turnover nearly led to another OSU score but it was already more than enough.

Mannion was again spectacular and the Heisman talk will now only grow louder this coming week. He finished with 493 yards and four touchdowns.

Oregon State (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) won its fifth game in a row since the opening loss to FCS Eastern Washington.

Mannion, who came into the game leading the nation in passing yards, completed 34 of 51 passes and was intercepted only once. Oregon State scored three times in less than three minutes to take control and turn a close game into a laugher.

Washington State had five turnovers, most of them late in the game while Mannion calmly connected on two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

Oregon State travels to Cal (1-5, 0-3) next week before a huge home game against Stanford in Oct. 19.

We'll have more from Pullman a little later on...

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