Beavers put it all together.
CORVALLIS - Quarterback Sean Mannion got his record, Oregon State got its win, and the 41,339 fans in attendance on an unseasonably warm night at Reser Stadium on Saturday saw the Beavers' most complete game of the season.
Mannion threw for 275 yards to become the program's career leader in passing yards with 11,339, and Oregon State also rushed for four touchdowns in a 28-7 win against San Diego State to close out the nonconference season 3-0.
"It's something I'll remember for sure," said Mannion, who is now third all-time in the Pac-12 behind former USC quarterbacks Matt Barkley (12,274) and Carson Palmer (11,818). "It's not like I lie awake at night wanting to break a record, I want to win games."
Oregon State scored four unanswered touchdowns after falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, with three of those scores coming on consecutive possessions between the second and third quarters.
Storm Woods rushed for two of those and 52 yards overall on 11 carries. Terron Ward had the other two touchdowns and also rushed for 50 yards on 15 carries.
"I feel like the offensive line came with the mindset that we had to bully these guys," Ward said. "I think they accomplished that."
Mannion, who completed 24-of-31 attempts, needed 186 yards to break Derek Anderson's mark of 11,249. He got it in the third quarter on a 27-yard completion to Hunter Jarmon that put the Beavers on the San Diego State 20-yard line. Three plays later, Woods put Oregon State up 21-7 with a 5-yard run.
The Beavers put the game away with another long drive that ended with Woods' second touchdown, a 2-yarder with 1:16 to play in the third quarter for a 28-7 lead.
"That was a good win," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "We had to stay with it because it didn't look good early."
The Aztecs came into the game having gone 15 years without a road win against a team from one of the Power 5 conferences, though they certainly got off on the right foot.
San Diego State was at its razzle-dazzle best on the opening drive of the game, employing a reverse, a flea-flicker and the jitterbug moves of 5-foot-9 sophomore running back Donnel Pumphrey, who polished off a 75-yard, eight-play possession with a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Aztecs recorded 140 yards the rest of the game as the Beavers' buckled down on defense, getting three sacks, two interceptions and allowing eight more first downs to keep San Diego State off the scoreboard.
"They came out and punched us in the mouth," defensive end Dylan Wynn said. "That first drive we weren't sure what to expect. We knew we had to get momentum back."
Oregon State tied the score with a resilient drive at the end of the first quarter. The Beavers recovered two of their own fumbles and overcame three sacks of Mannion and one penalty to go 70 yards with Terron Ward punching in the equalizer from 12-yards out.
Mannion was 5-for-7 for 62 yards on the drive, with a 13-yard completion to Connor Hamlett on third-and-12, a 10-yard pass to Victor Bolden on third-and-4, and a 32-yard completion to Jarmon on second-and 27.
Oregon State went ahead 14-0 right before halftime when a 49-yard bomb from Mannion to Rahmel Dockery put the ball at the Aztec 2 and Ward bulled in for his second touchdown with 27 seconds left in the second quarter.
"I thought we took some strides today, but there is still work to be done," Mannion said.
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|Title Annotation:||College Football; Sean Mannion becomes Oregon State's career leader in passing yards, Beavers beat San Diego State, 28-7|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Sep 21, 2014|
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