WSU Falls in Defensive Struggle Against No. 14 Oregon State, 19-6
Oct. 6, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Jordan Poyer had three interceptions, Sean Mannion passed for 270 yards and No. 14 Oregon State survived a shaky start with a 19-6 win over Washington State Saturday.
Markus Wheaton had 95 yards receiving and a touchdown but it was the Beavers defense which kept the Cougars at arm's length on the day when Mannion, who threw three interceptions, was more down than up.
Jeff Tuel was 11 of 17 for 126 yards after replacing Connor Halliday, who threw three interceptions in just over one half of action. Marquess Wilson had four catches for 54 yards to lead the Cougars (2-4, 0-3). Halliday was 9-for-20 passing.
Turnovers kept the Cougars from gaining a foothold as they continue to implement new coach Mike Leach's pass-happy offense. Oregon State kept both Halliday and Tuel on the run, forcing four interceptions and a fumble. Defensive end Scott Crichton tallied three sacks.
Mannion was named Pac-12 offensive player of the week after throwing for 433 yards last week in a 38-35 win over Arizona, but he was not sharp to start the game, throwing two interceptions early.
The Beavers had another promising drive stopped when they failed to convert a fourth-and-2 at the Washington State 24. The Beavers had to settle for Trevor Romaine's two field goals and a 6-3 halftime lead.
Mannion showed more poise in the second half. He marched the Beavers down the field for a 75-yard scoring drive to start the third quarter, hitting Wheaton for a 12-yard touchdown pass. In the fourth, he generated an efficient time-consuming 86-yard drive that Tyler Anderson capped with a one-yard run.
Helped out by two 15-yard Oregon State penalties, Tuel completed 5 of 7 passes on a drive early in the fourth, but the drive ended in an Andrew Furney 32-yard field as Wazzu never did get in the end zone.
Furney also connected from 24 yards in the second quarter.
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