HALFTIME: Beavs with a ray of hope, down 17-7

IF THE BEAVS come back to win this game against Washington, everyone will remember third-and-25. After getting flat out whipped for virtually the entire first half, the Beavs found a small ray of hope headed into the locker room. Trailing 17-0 and facing third-and-25 from their own five-yard line, Sean Mannion tossed a bomb from the end zone to a streaking Victor Bolden for 72 yards.

A few plays later, OSU found the end zone when Jordan Villamin hauled in a 9-yard TD pass from Mannion.

Prior to that, the Beaver offense couldn't finish drives and the Oregon State D couldn't stop the big play, nor the Huskies on third down.

Washington burned OSU in the first quarter on a 54-yard TD pass and a 68-yard run straight up the gut.

The Beavs came out flat, and only showed flickering signs of life over the first 30 minutes.

The Huskies are one of the worst passing teams in the nation, ranking 107th nationally, averaging 184.5 yards. They already had 143 yards by halftime, with Cyler Miles completing 13-15 throws against an Oregon State coverage unit that was allowing a huge cushion.

The Beaver offense didn't fare any better, the very first play of the game saw Mannion get sacked. At halftime, OSU had 27 ground yards on 13 rushes (including two sacks).

Still, Oregon State had to feel fortunate - for as poorly as they played, they were only down 10 points at the half.

OSU trailed by the same margin last week at the break in their upset victory over ASU. And they went into the locker room with the momentum. Will they carry that forward into the third quarter?


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