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Oregon St. dominates California for a 49-17 win
OREGON ST 49, CALIFORNIA 17
By GEOFF LEPPER
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Sean Mannion threw for 481 yards and
four touchdowns as Oregon State rolled to its sixth straight
victory, beating California 49-17 Saturday night.
Brandin Cooks caught 13 passes for a career-high 232 yards with
one touchdown and added another score on a 14-yard run as the
Beavers (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) racked up plenty of gaudy stats
against a Cal unit ranked 121st of 123 FBS teams in terms of
Cooks had 197 receiving yards before halftime, including catches
of 50, 38 and 34 yards - the last providing Oregon State's
fourth touchdown of the first half and a 28-3 lead.
Mannion, already the nation's leading passer, increased his
per-game average to 427.4 yards after going 35 for 45 on the
night. The Bay Area native found different receivers for each of
his touchdown passes and pushed his nation-leading total in that
category to 29. Mannion has thrown for at least 367 yards in
every game this season.
Cal (1-6, 0-4) lost its 11th consecutive game to an FBS
opponent, the longest such streak of any team in a BCS
Golden Bears true freshman quarterback Jared Goff threw for 220
yards but committed three turnovers in his own half - an
interception and two lost fumbles - before being replaced early
in the third quarter by Zach Kline.
Kline immediately led Cal on an 88-yard touchdown drive, capped
by a 7-yard swing pass to Darren Ervin. The redshirt freshman,
who lost a preseason battle with Goff for the right to run
first-year coach Sonny Dykes' Bear Raid offense, finished 11 for
16 for 71 yards and two touchdowns and added 28 yards rushing on
Cal gave the crowd brief hope with a stop on Oregon State's
first drive, but the Beavers took their next possession 91 yards
in less than 2 minutes for the game's opening score. Storm Woods
dove in for a 1-yard touchdown run.
Cal came back with a 22-yard field goal by Vincenzo D'Amato, but
the Beavers were handed great field position late in the first
quarter when Scott Critchton sacked Goff, forcing a fumble that
Mana Rosa recovered at Cal's 15. Three plays later, Mannion
found Caleb Smith in the middle of the end zone for a 14-3 lead.
Cooks put Oregon State ahead 21-3 on the Beavers' next
possession when he took an end around on fourth-and-2 and outran
the over pursuing Cal defenders to the end zone.
With 3:44 left in the half, Cooks and Mannion combined for their
13th touchdown connection of the season, a 34-yard catch-and-run
from a middle screen.
Oregon State killed off any lingering suspense after halftime by
marching downfield with the opening kickoff. The Beavers cashed
in with another interior screen touchdown pass, this one a
28-yarder to Woods that made it 35-3.
The Beavers responded to Kline's first touchdown pass with
another impressive drive, ending in a simple 15-yard slant for a
touchdown by Richard Mullaney and a 42-10 advantage.
Terron Ward added Oregon State's final touchdown, walking in
from 1 yard with 9:26 remaining.
Kline pulled another touchdown back for Cal with 3:44 left,
converting on fourth-and-goal with a 1-yard pass to Jacob Wark.
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