TEMPE, Ariz. – Brandin Cooks caught nine passes in Oregon State’s 30-17 loss to Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium Saturday night. By doing so, the junior surpassed Mike Hass and Markus Wheaton as the new Oregon State record holder for receptions in a single-season.
Cooks’ 92nd reception came in the first quarter, and went for 4 yards. He will go into next week’s game against Washington sitting at 100, which is tied with California’s Dameane Douglas (1998) for fourth-most by a Pac-12 Conference player.
Cooks also stands at 198 receptions for his career and is primed to become the fifth Beaver in school history with 200 or more, and would join Hass, Wheaton, James Rodgers and James Newson.
The Beavers (6-4 overall, 4-3 Pac-12) outscored Arizona State, which was ranked 19th in the BCS polls, 14-10 in the second half but the Sun Devils went into the half with a 20-3 advantage.
Sean Mannion led a 12-play drive late in the third quarter that culminated in a 6-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Smith. The Sun Devils (8-2, 6-1), however, went ahead 23-10 on a Zane Gonzalez field goal with 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
ASU stretched its lead to 30-10 when Robert Nelson picked off Mannion on the next play from scrimmage for a 23-yard touchdown.
The Beavers pulled to within 30-17 when Mannion found Connor Hamlett for a 29-yard touchdown pass with less than three minutes to play. Hamlett ended the game with a career-best nine receptions for 119 yards.
Mannion ended the game 31-of-46 for 320 yards and two touchdowns. His counterpart, Taylor Kelly, was 22-of-37 for 183 yards and two interceptions.
Oregon State out-gained the Sun Devils, 390 to 339,
Rashaad Reynolds and Jabral Johnson came up with those interceptions in the first half.
Marion Grice carried the ball 23 times for 115 yards to pace Arizona State. He ran for two 1-yard scores; the first came with 11:57 remaining in the first and the second was in the second quarter, at the 8:22 mark.
Tyrequek Zimmerman led the Beavers defensively with 11 tackles, including 10 solo. D.J. Alexander finished with 10 tackles, including half for a loss.