Oregon State fades at finish, falls to UCLA 27-19
Even though coach Mike Riley tried to look at the positives, the
disappointment over Oregon State’s 27-19 loss to UCLA on Saturday
was apparent in safety Lance Mitchell’s fallen expression and
“It’s hard to find good in a loss. The whole thing is bad,”
Mitchell lamented. “0-and-3. It’s hard to swallow.”
The Beavers were thwarted by mistakes against UCLA, and while
they seemed gain momentum in the second half, closing to within
21-19, ultimately they couldn’t finish.
After the Bruins scored to make it 27-19 with 6:15 to go, the
Beavers drove down field but were stopped at the UCLA 22-yard line
when they tried to go for it on fourth-and-eight.
The loss spoiled redshirt freshman Sean Mannion’s debut as
starter for Oregon State. Mannion completed 24 of 40 passes for 287
yards and a touchdown, but he was also intercepted and had a costly
fumble that led to a quick UCLA touchdown.
Of course, Riley was disappointed in the loss. But that didn’t
stop him from looking for a silver lining.
“I’m frankly very encouraged by this group and seeing them
grow,” he said.
The Beavers have struggled with a stunning overtime loss at home
to Sacramento State in the opener before a 35-0 blanking by
Wisconsin. During last week’s bye, Riley decided to make a change
at quarterback, replacing junior Ryan Katz with Mannion.
Saturday’s game was the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.
Oregon State is 0-3 to start the season for the first time since
Richard Brehaut completed seven of 11 passes for 146 yards for
the Bruins (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12). UCLA had vacillated between
quarterbacks in their first three games, but coach Rick Neuheisel
named Brehaut the starter for this game after Kevin Prince threw
three interceptions in the 49-20 loss to the then-No. 23
Derrick Coleman ran for 100 yards for UCLA after starter
Jonathan Franklin went out in the first half with a hip injury.
The Beavers saw the return Saturday of flanker James Rodgers and
tight end Joe Halahuni, who had not played this season because of
Rodgers, who has had two surgeries on his left knee, was
formally cleared to play by doctors earlier this week. He was
greeted by a standing ovation when he started, and had a 31-yard
reception on the Beavers’ first series.
“After I caught the first pass, everything went away,” Rodgers
Oregon State went up 3-0 on Trevor Romaine’s 25-yard field goal,
but Brehaut answered for UCLA with a 69-yard pass to Josh Smith
that put the Bruins in position for his 22-yard touchdown pass to
Brehaut ran five yards for another score to put UCLA up
Mannion’s fumble on the Beavers’ own 4-yard line led to Jordan
James’ touchdown run for UCLA. But Oregon State narrowed it to
21-10 before the half on Jordan Poyer’s 85-yard punt return. It was
the second-longest such return In Oregon State history. Dwayne
Owens had a 97-yard punt return for OSU against UCLA in 1992.
Romaine opened the second half with a 30-yard field goal for the
Beavers, and the momentum looked to shift in Oregon State’s favor
after Andrew Seumalo blocked a UCLA field goal attempt.
Mannion’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Bishop pulled Oregon
State within 21-19, but the two-point conversion pass was
The Bruins got more breathing room on Anthony Barr’s 1-yard
scoring dive for the final margin with 6:15 left. Seumalo blocked
the extra point, but the Beavers were unsuccessful on their final
“Throughout the game we had a bunch of good plays across the
board,” Mannion said. “I feel like we had a chance to win all the
way down to the end.”
Rodgers was ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 176.75
all-purpose yards last season when he was hurt five games into the
season at Arizona. The Beavers asked for and received a fifth year
of eligibility for him.
He was played sparingly, finishing with five catches for 76
Halahuni, who had six touchdown catches last season, had surgery
this spring on his left shoulder. He had five receptions for 26
“Obviously it is tough,” Poyer said. “We are 0-3 right now and
no one really expected it. We need to swallow it and move