NCAA passing yardage leader, Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, didn’t disappoint at California on Saturday night. Neither did NCAA receiving yardage leader, Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks.
Running back Terron Ward scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 7 play, 91-yard drive for the Beavers to get the scoring started in the 1st quarter.
Cal managed a 22-yard field goal from Vincenzo D’Amato on their ensuing drive, but that would be it for the Golden Bears in the first half.
Sean Mannion connected with Caleb Smith on a 14-yard touchdown pass to end the 1st frame, and Cooks caught a 34-yard Mannion pass to close out the scoring in the 2nd quarter. Cooks also managed a 14-yard touchdown run in the quarter, and the Beavers were rolling – up 28-3 at halftime.
Mannion opened up the third quarter with a 28-yard TD pass to running back Storm Woods. Cal quarterback Zach Kline closed a 15 play, 88 yard drive with a 7-yard TD pass to Darren Ervin, but the Beavs came right back.
Mannion connected with Richard Mullaney on a 15 yard TD, and Oregon State was up 42-10 heading into the 4th quarter.
Terron Ward capped the Beavers scoring with another 1-yard touchdown run, and Cal finished it out with a 1-yard Kline pass to Jacob Wark for a touchdown.
Final score: Oregon State 49, California 17.
The win marks Oregon State’s 6th in a row after losing to FCS school Eastern Washington to open the year. They move to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12. Stanford comes to Corvallis next Saturday in the Beavers biggest test of the season since the opening week loss.
Mannion finished with 481 yards on 35-of-45 passing with 4 TDs. Brandin Cooks finished with 13 receptions for 232 yards and a TD, and added another on the ground.
Cal has yet to beat an FBS opponent this season. Their lone victory was a 37-30 win over FCS Portland State in Berkeley.
Jared Goff was benched in favor of Zach Kline for Cal – after turning the ball over three times.
Cal (1-6, 0-4 Pac-12) plays at No. 20 Washington next Saturday.