No. 13 Beavers Defeat Sun Devils 36-26
Nov. 4, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 13 Oregon State football team weathered a fast start by Arizona State and used a peak performance from its offense to move to 7-1 on the season with a defeat of the Sun Devils, 36-26, Saturday night at Reser Stadium.
The Sun Devils scored 16 points in the first quarter and opened the scoring just 21 seconds into action. Junior Onyeali recovered Cody Vaz's fumble at the 1-yard line and rolled into the end zone to make it 7-0. After a Trevor Romaine 41-yard field goal on the Beavers ensuing possession that was set up by a 35-yard run by Markus Wheaton, ASU opened an 11-point lead on Cameron Marshall's 1-yard plunge. It would be the last Devil trip to the end zone until late in the fourth.
The Beavers began their comeback with Wheaton's 50-yard touchdown reception on a crossing route as he raced untouched to the goalline. Arizona State answered by blocking a punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety and adding a 31-yard field goal to make it 19-10 with 12:56 to play in the second quarter.
OSU rattled off the next 26 points. Terron Ward went 53 yards for a touchdown on the Beavers' next possession. He finished with 146 yards on 19 carries. Romaine brought the Beavers even at 19-19 with a 45-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
Wheaton caught his second touchdown pass of the game on OSU's first possession of the second half. This one came from 13 yards out to cap a 52-yard drive that took just five plays. Wheaton finished with four catches and 108 yards and the two scores. He also rushed for 57 yards on three carries.
Romaine pushed the lead to two scores with his third field goal of the night, this one coming from 33 yards away. Vaz dropped the hammer on the Devils with his third touchdown pass of the night. He found Brandin Cooks all alone down the left side for an easy 49-yard pitch and catch behind a broken Arizona State defense. Cooks joined Wheaton in the 100-yard club with 116 yards on six grabs. Vaz was 14-of-33 for 267 yards and three scores.