Oregon State smothers California in what could be Tedford's final game
No. 15 Oregon St. 62California 14 CORVALLIS, Ore. — Sean Mannion passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns, and Oregon State routed...
No. 15 Oregon St. 62California 14
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Sean Mannion passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns, and Oregon State routed California 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. Tedford's record is 82-57.
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.