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Oregon State Vs. Arizona 2012: Beavers sneak by Wildcats, 38-35

The Beavers opened the season 3-0 for the first time in a decade.

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Sean Mannion leads Beavers past Wildcats

Sean Mannion had a huge game on Saturday night, throwing for 433 yards and three touchdowns against Arizona's secondary.


Beavers out-gun Wildcats late

The No. 18 Oregon State Beavers and Arizona Wildcats were caught in a back-and-forth duel at Arizona Stadium Saturday night, but a late touchdown pass from Sean Mannion would keep the Beavers undefeated this season by the score of 38-35.

Oregon State (3-0, 1-1 Pac-12) took an early 17-0 lead, though Arizona charged back in the second half to take the lead by the score of 21-17 midway through the third quarter. Both teams would trade scores until the end of the game, when Beavers head coach Mike Riley pulled a quick one on the Wildcats.

After an impressive drive, Mannion found Connor Hamlett for a nine-yard pass with 1:09 left in the game to seal the Wildcats fate and remain undefeated. Mannion was 29-45 for a career-high 433 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Running back Storm Woods had a great day as well, carrying the ball 29 times for 161 yards and a touchdown.

The Beavers now prepare for their meeting with the Washington State Cougars next week from Reser Stadium in Corvallis.


OSU vs. 'Zona Update: Beavers Up 17-7 at half

Oregon State knows that Arizona is down. Last weekend, the Wildcats were pummeled by another Oregon team 49-0. Looking to captialize upon that beat-down, OSU has attacked 'Zona where they seem to be most vulnerable - in the air. On the back of quarterback Sean Mannion and his 278 yards passing, the Beavers are up on the Wildcats 17-7 at the half.

Normally a double threat, 'Zona quarterback Matt Scott has been held to negative-three yards rushing. He is second on the team in carries behind running back Ka'Deem Carey with 53 yards.

Markus Wheaton has proven to be one of Mannion's favorite targets. By halftime, Wheaton had amassed 103 yards receiving on seven carries. The duo have hooked up for one touchdown so far. The rest of the receiving core is in double digit yards.

Wheaton, Mannion and the rest of the offense are taking advantage of the weak downfield coverage presented by Arizona. They should be expecting some changes to that group from 'Zona head coach Rick Rodriguez.


Oregon State vs. Arizona Update: Beavers take 7-0

The Oregon State Beavers and Arizona Wildcats were scoreless until the Beavers were able to score a touchdown late in the first quarter, giving the team a 7-0 lead over the Wildcats after the first quarter of play.

The Beavers and Wildcats each received three possessions in the first quarter, but it was the Beavers who were able to put points on the board with one of the six drives between the two teams.

With 2:05 remaining in the first quarter, sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion connected with Markus Wheaton on a two-yard pass for a touchdown. Beavers kicker Trevor Romaine successfully tacked on the extra point, capping off a nine play, 83-yard drive that ended in a touchdown.

For the Beavers, freshman running back Storm Woods ran for 41 yards in the first quarter and already has nine carries on the night. Meanwhile, the defense is holding Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott to 30 yards on 5-for-10 passing.


Beavers take their ranked status on the road

The Beavers look to open a season 3-0 for the first time in the last 10 years as they travel to face the Arizona Wildcats.

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