CORVALLIS, Ore. – Sean Mannion passed for 422 yards and Brandin Cooks and Storm Woods each scored twice but the 25th-ranked Oregon State football team lost a nailbiter to Eastern Washington, 49-46, Saturday afternoon at Reser Stadium.
The Eagles went ahead on a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Vernon Adams with 18 seconds left. The Beavers managed to get to EWU’s 35-yard line where Trevor Romaine’s 52-yard field goal sailed wide right as the game ended.
Oregon State had a big offensive day, led by Mannion and Cooks who both found themselves in the top 10 in a couple single-game categories. Mannion’s 422 yards passing is the sixth-best total in school history and his 37 completions were just three shy of his school-record 40 achieved against Arizona State during the 2011 season.
Cooks, meanwhile, caught 13 passes for 196 yards. He ties Shane Morales (2008) and Jacquizz Rodgers (2009) for the second-most receptions in a single game and finished just one shy of tying Mike Hass’ record 14 against Arizona State in 2004.
Cooks’ 196 yards receiving are good for ninth-most.
Eastern Washington held a 29-17 lead entering halftime, and the teams battled back-and-forth for most of the second half. Cooks and Woods scored on a 7-yard pass and 3-yard rush, respectively, to give the Beavers a 32-29 lead late in the third quarter. EWU, however, moved ahead 36-32 when Adams ran for a 19-yard score with 1:29 remaining in the quarter.
Cooks scored his second touchdown of the game less than two minutes into the fourth quarter when Mannion found him for a 14-yard pass. Adams, however, connected with Blair Bomber on a 47-yard touchdown pass three minutes later.
Oregon State scored its final touchdown with 4:50 remaining. Terron Ward scampered into the end zone on a 4-yard rush on a 12-play drive that lasted 5:27.