Oregon State 37 vs. Arizona 27
The Oregon State Beavers (1-4) got their first win of the season beating Arizona (1-5) at home 37-27 and the OSU rushing defense held the Wildcats to only 53 rushing yards and they also forced 4 turnovers.
Arizona QB Nike Foles did pass for 378 yards with 2 TD, but he was also picked off twice and the Wildcats also fumbled twice.
The Beavers had a commanding 27-6 lead at halftime, but that lead evaporated and with a little over 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter when they only had a 3-point lead, but OSU head coach Mike Riley made a gutsy call going for it on 4th and 2 and came up HUGE when Sean Mannion passed a TD to TE Joe Halahuni.
The game was iced when Arizona could not convert a 4th and 2 with Dan Buckner not being able to catch Foles’pass in the end zone.
Sean Mannion was 32/41 for 267 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT and luckily his picks did not cost the team. However, he has to make better decisions with the ball and for the season he has 7 picks.
The Beavers’ rushing offense, which only ranks 102nd in the nation, had 128 yards on the ground against Arizona, but they still miss Malcolm Agnew, who rushed for over 200 yards in the season opener, but has missed the last 5 games with a hamstring injury.
OSU did get their first win of the season, but they cannot afford to give up big leads like they did in the Arizona game.
The Beavers have a major uphill battle to make a bowl game, as they still have to face Stanford and Oregon, who are both ranked in the top 10.
The Beavers are out of conference next week facing a 4-2 BYU team at home that has won their last 3 games.