Beavs storm back, only to fall in the end

CORVALLIS - In a game where the two teams traded scoring runs, the Golden Bears ultimately got hot at the right time. They scored the final 18 points of the game to take a 45-31 win, spoiling Sean Mannion’s record-setting night.

Player of the game
On a completion to Connor Hamlett in the third quarter, Sean Mannion surpassed former USC quarterback Matt Barkley to become the all-time Pac-12 leader for career passing yards. Barkley’s record was 12,327 passing yards, and Mannion’s current total stands at 12,454.

Turning points
In the second quarter, with the scoreboard favoring the Beavers, 7-3, the Golden Bears were in the red zone and threatening to score. Jared Goff dropped back to pass on third-and-8, fired, and the pass fell incomplete. However, Oregon State cornerback Larry Scott was called for defensive pass interference and the drive was extended. On the next play, Goff misfired on a pass that hit OSU safety Ryan Murphy in the hands, but after seeing an entire field of green in front of him, the potential pick-six fell harmlessly incomplete. California ended up scoring a touchdown a few plays later.

In the third quarter, with the Golden Bears on their own 27-yard line and leading 27-17, they faced a third-and-7. Oregon State cornerback Cyril Noland-Lewis came on a blitz and sacked Goff hard in the backfield. The sack brought in the punting unit, and gave the Beavers great field position from midfield. They ended up scoring a touchdown on the next drive, cutting Cal’s lead to three points and giving Reser Stadium a new energy.

The Beavers would get another defensive stop and score another touchdown before the Golden Bears finally answered.

And answer they did. Trailing 31-27, the Golden Bears went ahead of the Beavers for good when Goff found Chris Harper for a 10-yard touchdown. Oregon State comeback attempts were subsequently stopped short. On one drive, Mannion threw an interception to freshman corner Caleb Coleman. On a later drive, the Beavers failed to convert on fourth-and-2.

Aside from a few missed opportunities, the first half was played relatively mistake-free. Neither team committed a turnover in the first half.

In the fourth quarter, however, that changed. Mannion was running to his left to avoid pressure, but he was still pursued by several California defenders. He threw a wobbly pass intended for Connor Hamlett, but it landed squarely in the arms of freshman cornerback Caleb Coleman. The Golden Bears took over on the OSU 26-yard line and eventually scored a field goal.

Big plays
Storm Woods opened the second quarter in spectacular fashion. On the first play of the second quarter, Woods took a handoff and was able to turn the corner. He nearly outran California to the end zone, but was pushed out of bounds at the three yard line. The Beavers scored from three yards out on the very next play.

Almost Big Plays
Facing a third-and-8 from the California 8-yard line, Mannion fired a pass to Jordan Villamin who was wide open in the end zone. The pass hit him in the hands but still fell incomplete. The Beavers had to settle for a field goal.

Game Trends
One of the more unexpected stats of the game is that the Golden Bears had more rushing yards than passing yards after the first half, 181 to 158. The Golden bears gain 371.5 yards per game through the air, which is the fourth most in FBS football. On the ground, they average 133 rushing yards per game, which is the 100th most in FBS football.

Against the Beavers, California racked up 269 rushing yards as well as 277 passing yards.

OSU offense:
The Beavs went three-and-out on the team’s first two possessions. They got their first first down with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter when Mannion found Jordan Villamin for a 21 yard completion. They were unable to move the chains a second time on the drive.

As the game went on, the offense wasn’t as big of a problem as it had been in recent weeks, but it still came up short against one of the Pac-12’s weaker defenses. All told, Mannion completed 30-of-45 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Solid day for Oregon State’s receivers
Redshirt freshman Jordan Villamin was productive today, recording nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. On the other side of the field, Victor Bolden recorded 11 receptions for 119 yards. Fellow receiver Rahmel Dockery also got in on the action, catching one pass for three yards and a touchdown.

Kostol is still unpredictable
Kostol’s punts have been erratic this season, and his inconsistent year continues. The senior punter had punts of 32, 35, 21, 50 and 34 yards.

Scoring Drives
With 1:19 remaining in the first quarter, Golden Bears kicker James Langford hit from 41 yards out to put the first points on the board. California went 47 yards in eight plays. Cal led, 3-0.

With 14:18 left in the second, Sean Mannion found Rahmel Dockery in the end zone for a three yard touchdown completion. Oregon State went 75 yards in eight plays, set up by a 49 yard run by Storm Woods. OSU took a 7-3 lead.

With 10:05 remaining in the second, California running back Daniel Lasco broke loose for a 14 yard touchdown run. Cal reclaimed the lead, 10-7.

With 6:44 left in the second, Oregon State kicker Trevor Romaine nailed a 30 yard field goal. The Beavers tied the score at 10 apiece.

With 3:32 remaining in the second, Lasco broke loose for the second time and scored a touchdown from 21 yards out. California took a 17-10 lead.

With 14 seconds remaining before the end of the first half, Langford connected on a 26 yard field goal. The Golden Bears added to their lead and put the score at 20-10 entering the half.

With 8:52 remaining in the third, freshman running back Vic Enwere took a handoff 19 yards for a touchdown to cap a nine-play, 82 yard drive. The Golden Bears stretched the lead to 17 points, 27-10.

With 5:50 left in the third, Mannion found Villamin open in the end zone, and this time Villamin came down with it. The eight yard touchdown put the score at 27-17.

With 1:04 left in the third, OSU running back Chris Brown broke a 17 yard touchdown run for his second career touchdown with the Beavers.

With 12:02 left in the fourth quarter, the Beavers regained the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter. Oregon State scored on a 16-yard touchdown run by Terron Ward. The Beavers took a 31-27 lead.

With 8:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Golden Bears reclaimed the lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Chris Harper. California led 34-31.

With 6:15 remaining in the fourth quarter, Langford drilled a 48-yarder after a Mannion interception gave them the ball at the OSU 26-yard line. The Golden Bears took a 37-31 lead.

With 1:39 remaining in the game, California put one last touchdown on the board. Who other than Daniel Lasco would score the final points. Lasco scored a touchdown on a run from 15-yards out, and he came down with a reception for the two-point conversion. The score put the Golden Bears up 45-31.

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