CORVALLIS, Ore. –Sean Mannion keeps etching his name into the Oregon State record books.
The junior passed for a school-record six touchdowns and 414 yards in Oregon State’s 44-17 win over Colorado Saturday at Reser Stadium.
Mannion surpassed the previous record of five he had met earlier this season in the Beavers’ win over Utah. He found Brandin Cooks and Caleb Smith in the end zone twice, and one apiece to Terron Ward and Connor Hamlett in helping guide the Beavers to a 4-1 record on the year.
Colorado, meanwhile, dropped to 2-1 on the year.
Mannion, who completed 27-of-52 pass attempts on the day, broke the school record on a one-play drive in the fourth quarter. Ryan Murphy intercepted a Colorado pass and returned it to the Buffaloes’ 11-yard line. Mannion connected with Hamlett for the record-breaking score.
His two touchdowns to Cooks – coming late in the second quarter and early in the third – supplanted the duo as one of the most dangerous in the country. Cooks has nine touchdown receptions on the year and has caught 16 touchdowns from Mannion all-time – one shy of Erik Wilhelm and Robb Thomas’ program-record 17.
Cooks caught nine passes for 168 yards, with 140 coming in the first half.
Ward also had a big day for the Beavers, collecting 103 yards receiving, with 42 on a third-quarter touchdown with 6:48 remaining. He also rushed for 55 yards on 19 carries.
Smith caught two touchdowns, making the most of his three receptions on the day. He caught a 3-yarder from Mannion with 2:09 left in the first quarter, then made it 38-3 in favor of the Beavers with a 4-yarder less than two minutes after Ward scored on a dump pass.
Through five games this season, Mannion has passed for 21 touchdowns – just nine shy of breaking the single-game record – and has 2,018 passing yards, which is just 655 shy of breaking into the top-10 in a single-season.
The Oregon State defense was stout, holding Colorado to 300 yards of total offense. The Beavers intercepted two passes – one apiece by Murphy and Rashaad Reynolds – and also recovered two fumbles on kickoffs.