PASADENA, Ca. – For the second straight game, Oregon State had more than a week to prepare for its opponent. For the second straight game, the Beavers have beaten a Top 25 team. Sean Mannion threw two long touchdown passes in the second half as Oregon State beat #19 UCLA in its Pac-12 Opener 27-20.
Mannion threw for 369 yards while wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton each topped the 150 yard mark. Tied at 3 in second quarter, Mannion connected with Cooks on a 75 yard touchdown to put the Beavers ahead. Another long toss to Wheaton gave Oregon State a two-score lead. The Bruins cut the deficit to seven just before the half, but never got any closer than that in the second half.
Bruins’ running back Johnathan Franklin entered the game as the NCAA’s leading rusher, with 180 yards per game. The Beavers defense clogged the running lanes, though, holding Franklin to just 45 yards rushing.
With the win, Oregon State improves to 2-0 and 1-0 in conference. The Beavers are on the road for their next game against Arizona on Saturday, September 29th.