Quarterback Sean Mannion wasn’t guaranteed to be the starter when Oregon State began preparations for the 2013 season, but isn’t worried about his job anymore.
The 6-5, 205-pound junior, who leads the nation with 1,603 passing yards and 15 touchdowns, faces a worthy adversary in Connor Wood when the Beavers host Colorado on Saturday in a Pac-12 game featuring two of the top seven passing attacks in the country.
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1. Oregon State averages 55 yards rushing – third-worst in the nation among the 123 FBS teams. Colorado is tied for 110th at 96.5.
2. Two walk-ons will share the long-snapping duties for Oregon State – freshmen Harrison Linsky and Andrew Maughan – after Michael Morovick suffered a season-ending ACL tear last week.
3. This is the first meeting since Colorado joined the conference in 2011 and the Buffaloes’ first trip to Corvallis. Oregon State leads the series 3-2 with the last encounter in 1988 – a 28-21 Colorado victory.