The Oregon State Beavers took care of business on Saturday afternoon, grinding out a 19-6 win over the Washington State Cougars in Corvallis to remain undefeated.
With the Cougars failing to convert on an opportunity to make it a three-point game in the closing stages, Oregon State took the ball on a 12-play drive to put the game away at 19-6. Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion was on point, leading the 86-yard scoring drive by throwing 5-of-7 for 66 yards. The drive was finished with a 1-yard dive by Tyler Anderson.
That score came just after Washington State drove 72 yards and deep into Beaver territory. But at the 15-yard line, Jeff Tuel threw two incomplete passes, and the Cougars settled for a field goal, making it just 13-6. Tuel entered in the second half to replace Connor Halliday, who was largely ineffective.
Mannion finished the day going 24-41 for 250 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions, as the Beavers outgained the Cougars, 377-254.
Box Score Hero: Cornerback Jordan Poyer, Oregon State. The dynamic corner and return man nabbed three interceptions on the afternoon, doing his part to keep Washington State off the board.
Rankings Ramifications: While the performance itself wouldn't necessarily merit upward movement, a few teams ahead of Oregon State have fallen (namely TCU), so the Beavers should move up at least a little.
But Did They Cover? Oregon State was favored by 15 and did not cover.
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Next Week's Schedule: Oregon State takes its undefeated record on the road to BYU, while Washington State will host Cal.