WSU Falls to Oregon State, 42-10
Nov. 21, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Sean Canfield threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 20 Oregon State beat Washington State 42-10 on Saturday to keep its Rose Bowl hopes alive.
Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon State (8-3, 6-2 Pac-10) won its fourth straight game and sixth of the past seven. The Beavers scored on their first three possessions and piled up 567 yards of offense while limiting Washington State to 192.
The Cougars (1-10, 0-8) lost their eighth straight. Kevin Lopina, making his first start at quarterback since being benched after the second game, completed 15 of 32 for 133 yards.
It was the fifth consecutive game in which the Cougars have given up at least 40 points. They rank last in the nation, allowing 511 yards per game.
Oregon State is third in the Pac-10 and has already beaten Arizona. If the Wildcats lose and Oregon State beats first-place Oregon on Dec. 3, the Beavers would win the Pac-10.
The contest was played before just 16,167 fans with Washington State students already on fall break and cold, windy weather blowing through Pullman.
Oregon State opened with a crisp 80-yard drive, and Canfield hit Damola Adeniji for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Canfield completed 22 of 29 passes and was intercepted once.
Washington State replied with its own drive that stalled on the 11, and Pat Rooney kicked a 29-yard field goal. It was only the second time this season the Cougars have scored in the first quarter, and they've been outscored 173-6 in the opening quarter this year.
Rodgers ran in from 10 yards out on Oregon State's next possession, and Canfield hit Joe Halahuni on a 10-yard scoring pass for a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter.
Washington State drove 80 yards in the final 3 minutes of the half, with Dwight Tardy scoring from the 1 on fourth down to cut the halftime deficit to 21-10.
Oregon State's Markus Wheaton scored on a 10-yard run after a 13-play drive that was kept alive by a 12-yard reception by Colby Prince on fourth-and-5. Rodgers added a 39-yard run early in the fourth, his 19th touchdown of the season tying the school record held by Steven Jackson and Ken Simonton.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley picked up the 64th win at the school, breaking a tie with Tommy Prothro for second on the career list. Lon Stiner leads with 74 wins.
Washington State has not led a game in regulation this year, its only win coming on a field goal by Nico Grasu in overtime to beat Southern Methodist 30-27 on Sept. 19. The Cougars trailed that game until a tying touchdown pass with 28 seconds left.