Mannion leads Oregon State past California

The Associated Press /


Published Nov 18, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

CORVALLIS — Sean Mannion passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 15 Oregon State routed California 62-14 on Saturday night in what could be Jeff Tedford’s final game as the Golden Bears’ coach.

Markus Wheaton had seven catches for 99 yards for the Beavers (8-2, 6-2 Pac-12), who improved to 5-0 at Reser Stadium and will face Oregon in the Civil War next weekend. Terron Ward ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Beavers rack up 559 yards of offense.

Isi Sofele had 104 yards rushing for the Bears (3-9, 2-7), who were hampered all season long by turnovers, penalties, missed assignments and sloppy tackling. Allan Bridgford was 18 of 31 passing for 132 yards.

Tedford, two-time conference coach of the year, has been at California since 2002, but the program has been in decline. The Bears are 14-23 in the past three seasons.

The high point of the year was back-to-back wins over UCLA and Washington State in October.

But the Bears lost their final five games. They fell short of the postseason for the second time in three years.

Oregon State got off to a 6-0 start for the first time in school history, but had dropped two of three before the easy victory over the Bears. The Beavers lost 27-23 at Stanford last week.

Mannion finished 24 of 34 passing in just over three quarters of work. A sophomore who took over as starting quarterback last season as a redshirt freshman, he led the Beavers to 4-0 start before he was sidelined by a knee injury that required surgery and caused him to miss two games.

He returned against Washington and threw four interceptions in a 20-17 loss. He was on the bench by the end of that game and backup Cody Vaz started against Arizona State. But Vaz was hurt in the final seconds of the loss to Stanford.

Mannion returned to the starting role this week and, other than an interception on the first drive of the game, he looked healthy and confident against the Bears. He had all four touchdown passes in the first half, tying a school record and helping the Beavers to a 35-7 lead at the break.

California’s touchdowns came on a 9-yard run by Sofele in the first quarter and a 1-yard run for Bridgford in the third.