Oregon State Powers Past Washington State, 44-33
Oct. 1, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Mike Hass caught seven passes for 161 yards and a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead Oregon State to a 44-33 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
The Beavers (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10) had lost two straight - to Louisville and Arizona State - going into the game against the undefeated Cougars (3-1, 0-1).
Hass has had nine straight games with at least 100 receiving yards. Going into the game he led the nation in receiving yards with an average of 167.5.
The Beavers tied it at 30 after turnovers by both teams. First, Oregon State quarterback Matt Moore's long pass to Josh Hawkins in the end zone was intercepted by Don Turner. On the next play, Alex Brink's pass to Michael Bumpus was intercepted by Beavers strong safety Sabby Piscitelli - who ran it back 23 yards for a touchdown.
The Cougars went up on Loren Langley's 23-yard field goal, but Hass scored on a 63-yard pass from Moore with 6:50 left. Yvenson Bernard, who finished with 28 carries for 89 yards, added a 3-yard TD run with 56 seconds to go for the Beavers.
Moore completed 20 of 45 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted twice.
Alex Brink, who was embarrassed at Reser Stadium last season in his first start for Washington State, was 31-of-59 for 531 yards and a score, but Oregon State intercepted him four times.
Washington State's abilities were mostly unknown after easy, non-conference victories over Idaho (38-26), Nevada (55-21) and Division I-AA Grambling State (48-7). The Cougars also were coming off a bye for their conference opener.
In the first half, they answered their critics.
Jerome Harrison ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns, Langley kicked a 29-yeard field goal and Jason Hill caught a 20 yard scoring pass from Brink to give the Cougars a 30-16 lead at the half.
After QB Moore's 1-yard keeper, the Beavers had to settle for field goals of 38, 47 and 35 yards from kicker Alexis Serna for their first-half points.
Harrison's third TD, a 3-yard run, came three plays after Bernard's fumble was grabbed by Steve Dildine and run to the Oregon State 31.
The Beavers narrowed it to 30-23 with Bernard's 1-yard dive into the end zone, the only score by either team in the third quarter.
Harrison finished with 31 carries for 124 yards, while Hill had eight catches for 190 yards.
When the Cougars came down to Reser Stadium last year they got thumped 38-19. Brink, a prep star from Eugene's Sheldon High School, was making his first start after Josh Swogger broke a bone in his foot the previous week.
Brink completed only 15 of 41 attempts and was intercepted twice, throwing a TD pass late in the game.
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