Courtesy: Oregon State Sports Information
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Sean Mannion passed for 372 yards and four touchdowns and Brandin Cooks caught two touchdowns through the air to lead Oregon State past Hawai’i, 33-14, Saturday night at Reser Stadium.
Mannion threw two scores to Cooks in the third quarter to break away from UH, which had scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to catch the Beavers going into the half. Oregon State was up 14-0 after both Richard Mullaney and Kellen Clute caught their first career touchdowns in the first quarter.
Both of Mannion’s third-quarter touchdown passes to Cooks went for 8 yards. The first found Cooks in the middle of the end zone with 10:18 remaining, capping a nearly five-minute drive.
The second saw Cooks streaking toward the back right of the end zone less than five minutes later. The second score put the Beavers up 28-14 and in the driver’s seat.
The Oregon State took care of UH in the second half. Devon Kell’s fourth-quarter safety and an interception by Steven Nelson – the team’s first takeaway of the year – later on in the fourth held Hawai’I scoreless. OSU’s second-half dominance netted the Beaver defense its first scoreless second half since shutting down Utah in the sixth game of the 2012 season.
Mannion’s afternoon saw the junior connect on 31-of-43 passes for 372 yards. His four touchdown passes gave him 38 for his career, tying him with Sean Canfield for the fourth-most by an OSU quarterback.
In two games this season, Mannion has completed 68-of-48 passes for 794 yards – a completion percentage of 79.
Cooks, meanwhile, tied for the team lead in receptions with Storm Woods; each had seven. Cooks tallied 92 yards, just eight shy of recording his second consecutive 100-yard game.
Woods led the Beavers with 95 yards receiving, and added 50 yards rushing on 17 carries.
The OSU defense limited UH to 239 yards of total offense while OSU managed 508. The Beavers’ defense picked up three sacks, led by Scott Crichton’s 1.5.
Hawai’i quarterback Taylor Graham was 10-for-20 for 95 yards and one score while Sean Schroeder, who came on in the second half, was 8-for-12 for 75 yards and one interception.