EPIC: Beavs win! Beavs win! Beavs win!

Posted Sep 15, 2013

OREGON STATE FOUND a way. And the overtime thriller at Utah had a fitting conclusion, as Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks hooked up on a 6-yard touchdown to end an epic struggle between the Beavs and the Utes.

Sean Mannion was brilliant.

Oregon State led throughout until there was 4:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, and Utah secured a 38-37 lead. But Mannion hit Brandin Cooks for an 18-yard score followed by a two-point conversion to Connor Hamlett.

But OSU had left too much time on the clock -- 2:29 -- and Utah systematically marched down the field, scored and forced overtime.

Oregon State, who couldn't stop Utah in the second half, did in overtime, forcing a three-and-out and 41-yard field goal attempt, which Andy Phillips calmly drilled through the uprights.

With the Beavs trailing 49-45, Mannion and the Beavs covered the 25 yards in three plays, and the celebration was on.

Mannion unofficially was 27-for-44 for 443 yards and 5 TDs, with no interceptions.

Cooks had nine grabs for a career high 210 yards and three scores.

On any other night, Richard Mullaney would have been the leading receiver but he "only" had seven grabs for 142 yards.

It was Mullaney who made the 13-yard catch on fourth-and-nine that moved the chains and helped OSU take the lead back late in the fourth quarter. If Mannion and Mullaney don't hook up on that play, Utah can almost certainly run out the clock in regulation with OSU down to one timeout.

The Beaver D, so stellar in the first quarter and still solid all-in-all in the first half, was gashed in the second half.

Utah QB Travis Wilson ran for 142 yards, RB James Poole added another 117 hashes and Wilson threw for 279 yards.

But Oregon State also grabbed three interceptions on the night, by Steven Nelson (2) and Sean Martin. One of Nelson's turned into a quick Beaver TD and Martin took his back all the way.

And on this night, every point was critical.

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WR Brandin Cooks (profile)
TE Connor Hamlett (profile)
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