When looking at the final score you’d think that the Oregon State Beavers (5-1, 3-0) had their way with the Washington State Cougars’ (4-3, 2-2) defense, but a close game through three quarters turned ugly late. Tied 24-24 heading into the final 15 minutes of play, a 28-0 fourth quarter propelled the Beavs to their fifth consecutive win.
[gn_quote style=”1″]“Offensively, for two-thirds of the game, we played pretty well,” Washington State head coach Mike Leach said. “For one third of the game, we played about as bad as it’s possible to play.”[/gn_quote]
And Leach wasn’t kidding about that powerful offense to begin. Cougs starting quarterback Connor Halliday went 26-of-49 for 248 yards and a touchdown, but three fourth quarter interceptions put a damper on the strong outing.
As for the Beavers, Sean Mannion‘s 34-of-51 through the air for 493 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, would be the highlight game for most quarterbacks seasons, but it likely doesn’t even crack the top-3 through six games. Great things are simply expected from Mannion and so far he hasn’t disappointed.
After the game the Beavers celebrated the hard-earned victory, but acknowledged the errors and that it’s only one more game. One game that puts them a game away from bowl eligibility.
[gn_quote style=”1″]”We got a number of turnovers, and that eventually makes it really hard for an offensive team to have any continuity,” Beavers head coach Mike Riley said. “That was big, and that was a great win for the Beavers.”[/gn_quote]