Oregon State Postgame Extra Hits
Oregon State Play of the Night: Unfortunately for Beavers' fans and Oregon State players, the turning point of the night had to be the 4th INT by starting quarterback Sean Mannion. The game was tied 10-all, the Beavers seemed to be in a position to come out of a very ugly game with a win, and the sophomore QB coming back from a knee injury threw a very untimely pick to Marcus Peters that gave Washington the ball. One play later Price to Williams put Washington at the one-yard line. Sure it isn't something positive but Mannion's four picks cost OSU the ball game, and made any kind of an offensive rhythm impossible to get going. The pick also triggered a switch at QB for OSU that nearly won the game for them. Now some wonder whether Mannion is the answer for OSU the rest of the way this season.
Player of the Game: Brandin Cooks. Kid had nine catches for 123-yards a TD. He seemed to take the leadership role after Markus Wheaton was put out on a helmet-to-helmet hit. Cody Vaz a close second, but Cooks did everything you could have asked from him.
Quote of the Night: Sean Mannion: "It was a tough loss against a great opponent. Washington played a great game, I thought they played well tonight, I'm not happy we lost, but this team has great character. We're going to be ready to go next week, that's for sure."
What to Look Forward to: Arizona State. The Beavers get to play at home, under the lights, and to play a good team in the Sun Devils. An ASU team that's coming off of a heart-breaking loss themselves to UCLA 45-43. It should be a good test for an OSU team that now knows what it's like to be punched in the mouth after being a ranked team. Whether they can learn from this loss and move on and improve against ASU might be the determining factor in how far OSU can travel in postseason play.
We'll see how they respond under the bright lights.