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11/18/2012 3:27 AM EST
Mannion powers Oregon State past California
OREGON ST 62, CALIFORNIA 14
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- This was quite the return for Sean
Mannion passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 15
Oregon State routed California 62-14 on Saturday night in what
could be Jeff Tedford's final game as the Golden Bears' coach.
Markus Wheaton had seven catches for 99 yards for the Beavers
(8-2, 6-2 Pac-12), who improved to 5-0 at Reser Stadium and will
face Oregon in the Civil War next weekend. Terron Ward ran for
128 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Beavers rack up 559
yards of offense. The defense also forced three fumbles and an
"We've been waiting for a game like this all year, with both
sides clicking," cornerback Rashaad Reynolds said.
Isi Sofele had 104 yards rushing for the Bears (3-9, 2-7), who
were hampered all season long by turnovers, penalties, missed
assignments and sloppy tackling. Allan Bridgford was 18-of-31
passing for 132 yards.
Tedford, two-time conference coach of the year, has been at
California since 2002, but the program has been in decline. The
Bears are 15-22 in the past three seasons. This was the worst
campaign for California since it went 1-10 in 2001.
"This is definitely a very disappointing season," Tedford said.
The high point of the year was back-to-back wins over UCLA and
Washington State in October, but the Bears lost their final five
games. They fell short of the postseason for the second time in
"I don't know," Tedford said when asked if he would be returning
as coach next season. "My job is to develop players. We have
work to do. I'll go back to work tomorrow and get ready to keep
Oregon State got off to a 6-0 start for the first time in school
history, but had dropped two of three before the easy victory
over the Bears. The Beavers lost 27-23 at Stanford last week.
Mannion finished 24-of-34 passing in just over three quarters of
work. A sophomore who took over as starting quarterback last
season as a redshirt freshman, he led the Beavers to 4-0 start
before he was sidelined by a knee injury that required surgery
and caused him to miss two games.
He returned against Washington and threw four interceptions in a
20-17 loss. He was on the bench by the end of that game and
backup Cody Vaz started against Arizona State. But Vaz was hurt
in the final seconds of the loss to Stanford.
Mannion returned to the starting role this week and, other than
an interception on the first drive of the game, he looked
healthy and confident against the Bears. He had all four
touchdown passes in the first half, tying a school record and
helping the Beavers to a 35-7 lead at the break.
"Sean obviously prepared very well," Oregon State coach Mike
Riley said. "And he had a look in his eye this week."
California's touchdowns came on a 9-yard run by Sofele in the
first quarter and a 1-yard run for Bridgford in the third.
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