Beavers Fend Off Wildcats, 17-10

Oct. 21, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Yvenson Bernard rushed for 107 yards and Oregon State shut down Arizona's offense most of the game, then held on to beat the Wildcats 17-10 Saturday.

The Beavers took a 14-0 first-quarter lead, then withstood a pair of late threats to win their second Pac-10 road game in a row and climb above .500 (4-3, 2-2 Pac-10) heading into next weekend's home game against No. 3 Southern California.

Oregon State's Matt Moore completed 16 of 22 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice.

Bernard, the No. 2 rusher in the Pac-10 behind Cal's Marshawn Lynch, carried 26 times to top 100 yards for the second game in a row and fourth time this season.

Syndric Steptoe returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to keep Arizona close, but the Wildcats (3-5, 1-4) couldn't muster much offense behind third-string quarterback Kris Heavner.

Starter Willie Tuitama is out with a concussion and backup Adam Austin injured his knee in last week's win at Stanford. Heavner completed 17 of 26 passes for 161 yards but was intercepted twice late in the game.

After Alex Serna's 18-yard field goal put Oregon State up 17-10 with 7:26 to play, Arizona drove from its 20 to the Beavers' 45, but Joey LaRocque intercepted.

The Wildcats got the ball back at their 20 with 59 seconds left and Heavner completed three passes to get Arizona to the Oregon State 28. But Alan Darlin sacked Heavner at the Beavers' 40. On the final play of the game, Heavner underthrew an open receiver in the end zone and Daniel Drayton intercepted at the 1.

Arizona managed just 183 yards, 22 on the ground.

Moore connected with Sammie Stroughter on a 34-yard play for the game's first score, capping a 10-play, 94-yard drive on Oregon State's first possession.

An interception stopped the Beavers' next drive, but the defense held Arizona to its third consecutive three-and-out possession. After the punt, Bernard carried four times in a row for 34 yards, then Moore sneaked in from the 1 to make it 14-0 with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Wildcats intercepted Moore again, Dane Krogstad returning it 29 yards to the Oregon State 13. Arizona moved to first-and-goal at the 3, but couldn't score. Heavner threw incomplete from the 1 and Oregon State took over.

The Wildcats' held and forced the Beavers to punt from their end zone.

That led to Nick Folk's 30-yard field goal with 3 to seconds to play in the half to cut Oregon State's lead to 14-3.

Steptoe's second career punt return for a touchdown came down the left sideline to cut the lead to 14-10 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.

Bernard fumbled on a hit by Dominic Patrick and Spencer Larsen recovered at the Beavers' 41 early in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats couldn't take advantage.

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