Sunday, October 21, 2012
Woods' three TDs pace Oregon State
By Kevin Gemmell
Cody Vaz's encore wasn’t as pretty as his debut. But an offensive outburst wasn’t needed as the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers pounded their way to a 21-7 victory over Utah to improve to 6-0 and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.
Oregon State is 6-0 for just the second time in school history -- the previous time coming in 1907.
Behind three rushing touchdowns from Storm Woods -- and an outstanding performance from the OSU offensive line against a touted Utah front -- the Beavers were patient and methodical when the passing attack failed to take flight.
Vaz, pinch-hitting for the second week in a row while Sean Mannion recovers from a knee injury, was 16-of-26 with 174 yards with no touchdowns. More importantly, no interceptions and zero sacks.
Utah, however, turned the ball over four times, losing a pair of fumbles and seeing quarterback Travis Wilson -- also making his second consecutive start -- throw two interceptions.
The Beavers jumped ahead 14-0, turning both of Utah’s first-quarter turnovers into touchdowns. Wilson got the Utes on the board when he connected with Jake Murphy to cut the deficit in half with 6 minutes left in the second quarter. Wilson finished 15-of-28 with 172 yards.
Woods would add a third touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Neither offense looked particularly sharp, but Utah (2-5, 0-4 Pac-12) did have some success moving the ball. However, anytime the Utes would get in striking distance, they’d turn the ball over or the Oregon State defense would step up with a big play by Scott Crichton or D.J. Alexander.
Oregon State’s fantastic wide receiver duo of Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks were kept out of the end zone, though Wheaton did catch a game-high seven balls for 90 yards.
Utah running back John White got 20 carries, but could only muster 68 yards against a Oregon State’s defense, which entered the game ranked first in the Pac-12 and fourth nationally.