Still stinging from last week’s loss to Eastern Washington, Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion threw four touchdown passes as the Beavers beat Hawaii 33-14 in today’s nonconference football game played at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
The loss dropped Hawaii to 0-2 for the season as the Rainbow Warriors take next week off before heading to Nevada to face the Wolf Pack in the Mountain West Conference opener. The Beavers are 1-1 and head to Utah for their first Pac-12 Conference game of the season.
Tied at the half, Oregon State took the opening drive of the third quarter and went 69 yards on nine plays to regain the advantage. The final play was an 8-yard scoring strike from Mannion to Brandin Cooks as Trevor Romaine added the PAT to make it 21-14 at the 10:18 mark of the third quarter.
After holding Hawaii’s offense, the Beavers went on another long march to extend their advantage even more. Once again, Mannion found Cooks from 8 yards out as Romaine hit the PAT to make it 28-14 Oregon State with 5:36 remaining in the third.
Romaine extended the margin to 31-14 with a 35-yard field goal with 7:36 left. Three seconds later, the Oregon State defense registered a safety. UH return man Chris Gant caught the kickoff and stepped out at the half-yard line to set up the eventual 2-point play.
Trailing by two touchdowns in the second, Hawaii cut the lead in half with a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown by Julian Gener, who stepped in front of a pass by Mannion, bobbled it and then went in untouched for the score. Tyler Hadden added the PAT to make it 14-7 with 10:13 remaining in the second quarter.
The defense held on the ensuing series as the UH offense set up shop at its own 20. Nine plays later, UH quarterback Taylor Graham hit Clark Evans from 15 yards out as Hadden’s PAT tied it 14-14 with 4:30 before the half.
After forcing Hawaii to punt on the opening series of the game, the Beavers went 66 yards on only two plays to score first with 11:30 remaining in the opening quarter. Mannion dialed up a nifty 48-yard screen pass to Storm Woods to set up a first and goal at the 3.
Mannion dropped back and lofted a nice touchdown pass to Kellen Clute from 3 yards out as the PAT was good by Romaine to give Oregon State the early 7-0 advantage.
The Beavers increased the lead to 14-0 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Mannion to Richard Mullaney, who beat Ne’Quan Phillips on the play. The score at the 14:09 mark of the second quarter capped a grueling 15-play, 69-yard drive that took 8:09 off the clock. Twice Oregon State went for it on fourth and short, and made it both times on sneaks by Mannion.
Hawaii is without defensive leader Brenden Daley, who suffered a concussion on a kickoff early in the game. He left the field in an ambulance, but could move his extremities. He high-fived UH players as he left the field.