Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
Oregon State takes command after a short back and forth start to the game to pull away from Cal to win 62 to 14. The Beavs now are set up for a Civil War game next weekend that has taken on a whole new dimension.
In a game that looked like might be tougher with Cal seeming to cash in on some rust by Sean Mannion turned into a run away for the Beavs. The Bears looked to have OSU off balance, especially after Cal answered the Beavs touchdown and tied the game at the 7:10 mark in the 1st quarter. But Cal made mistake after mistake with either costly penalties or turnovers or lack of taking advantage of some initial poor throws by Mannion. But once OSU and Mannion established their rhythms there was no turning back the Oregon State offense that ended with 559 total yards with the defense holding Cal to 322 yards.
The Beavs ended the half with a TD catch by Micah Hatfield to take a commanding 35 to 7 lead. This on top of the news from a few miles South made the rain even seem semi-pleasant as the Beavs came out in the 3rd quarter to establish the run game to score on the first possession of the second half.
Brandin Cooks went out after a hit to the head (more about his status later in the week here) but made one of the plays of the game to adjust on an under thrown ball to score on a 48 yard pass play to start a huge three TD 2nd quarter. Marcus Wheaton had a solid just under 100 yard game at 99 yards on 7 receptions. Connor Hamlett at tight end had a career night with 80 yards on 6 catches.
In a game that Cal just never looked settled we even got a glimpse of Richie Harrington at QB for OSU. But it was really Mannion's night for his first solid start since going out with an injury after the WSU game. Mannion threw for 325 yards (24 for 34) and 4 TDs and 1 INT. Especially impressive was that he did this in some unpleasant conditions.
Going into this weekend I am sure no one would have guessed the State of Oregon team to score 62 points with 559 total yards would have been OSU. Next week's Civil War game against the Ducks has again taken shape to be a vastly interesting one, buckle your seat belts Beaver Nation.