Beavs' win built on long, sustained drives

CORVALLIS – There wasn’t a specific play that shifted the feel of the game -- rather, it was two sustained touchdown drives by Oregon State that provided the ultimate turning point. The Beavers scored a touchdown with 26 seconds remaining in the first half, and when the second half opened, OSU took their first possession 75 yards for a touchdown in a little more than five minutes..

It looked like the game might be tied headed into halftime, then a touchdown to end the half and a quick touchdown in the third quarter shot the score from 7-7 to 21-7.

New OSU all-time passing leader
Sean Mannion broke an Oregon State school record in the third quarter of Saturday’s game. On a third-and-8, Mannion escaped a sack and threw a check-down pass to Rahmel Dockery who stretched it into a 27-yard gain. Those 27 yards sent Mannion’s career yardage total past Derek Anderson’s 11,249.

Final Score:
Beavers win, 28-7

New OSU all-time passing leader
Following the game, Mannion’s career passing yardage sits at 11,339 yards.

Aggressive play-calling out of the gate
The Aztecs opened up the game by calling a double reverse on their first play from scrimmage. The unorthodox play sprung loose sophomore receiver Lloyd Mills for 36 yards.

On the very next play, San Diego State handed the ball off, faked a second reverse play, and went through with a flea-flicker. Aztecs quarterback Quinn Kaehler had his man open for a touchdown, but he overthrew him.

The Aztecs still scored a touchdown on their drive, but it took more than two plays to get there.

An even first half
Although the score at the end of the first half (14-7), favored the Beavers, hardly anything else did.

The Beavers outgained the Aztecs by 40 yards, but each team committed four penalties, each team had one turnover, and each team had possession for almost exactly 15 minutes each.

Mannion’s Blind Side
There was a play or two in the first half where Mannion got hit by a defender from his left side. One of those hits caused a fumble that the Beavers ended up coming up with. This wasn’t a lingering issue throughout the game, but it was a problem for at least one drive.

Success in the Red Zone
When the Beavers made it to within 20 yards of the end zone, they (rarely vs. never) settled for a field goal. Instead, Terron Ward and Storm Woods came away with two rushing touchdowns apiece.

This is a huge turnaround from the Beavers’ first game, when they came up short so often that they set a new school record for field goal attempts in a game.

Filling in for Bolden
An announcement in the press box informed us that Victor Bolden suffered a dislocated pinky finger in the first half. As the game wore on, Rahmel Dockery (one catch for 49 yards) and Hunter Jarmon (five catches for 76 yards) performed well in his absence.

Oregon State’s defense features nine seniors, and they’ve played well pretty much all season (with the fourth quarter of the Hawaii game being the exception). Against the Aztecs, they allowed 215 yards, where the 36-yard run on the first play from scrimmage was the longest play the Aztecs had.

Player of the Game
Sean Mannion became Oregon State’s all-time leader in terms of passing yards, so he gets the game ball. In the game, Mannion was an accurate 24-of-31 passing for 275 yards. He did throw an interception, but it was so late in the game that it was of little consequence.

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