Beavs move to 9-3 on heels of blowout win

Posted Dec 1, 2012

IT WASN'T EXPECTED to be competitive, and it was anything but. Oregon State rolled 77-3 over Nicholls State to close out their regular season 9-3. It was the most points ever scored by OSU. Early on, Markus Wheaton became the Beavs' all-time leading receiver, finishing with 12 grabs for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Storm Woods rushed for two early touchdowns, as Oregon State scored on all five of their first half possessions and ultimately on their first 11 drives. Only a twelfth drive resulted in no points and that was because time ran out.

Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz alternated most of the game, with Richie Harrington getting the last couple of drives. Mannion completed 20 of 23 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Vaz was 14 of 17 with 190 yards and three scores.

Mike Riley declined to answer a question on who would be the starting QB for the Beavs' bowl game, telling the Pac-12 Networks , "“I’m not thinking about it right now. I knew that would come up. I really like both of these guys. I think they can both play, and I wanted to play them both into the game regardless of circumstances today. We’ll just start practicing and we’ll figure it out as we go.”

Terron Ward and Michael Balfour also had rushing TDs, while Kevin Cummings, Richard Mullaney, Jordan Jenkins and Obum Gwacham had receiving scores. Jenkins came out of the game in the fourth quarter injured, unable to put any weight on his left leg.

Oregon State rolled up 683 yards, with 453 of that through the air. The Beaver D allowed 223 total yards, with most of that coming in the second half.

Jordan Poyer notched his seventh interception on the year.

Originally scheduled as the season opener on Sept. 1, this game was rescheduled and put at the end of the year because of Hurricane Isaac.

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