Instant analysis: Oregon St. 27, UCLA 20
September, 22, 2012
By Kevin Gemmell | ESPN.com
PASADENA, Calif. -- With only one game under their belt, the Oregon State Beavers traveled south to face the No. 19 UCLA Bruins. Both had already scored out-of-conference home victories against ranked opponents, so the expectation was that this would be a tight game. It didn’t disappoint. Here’s how it all went down at the Rose Bowl.
It was over when: With a little more than 11 minutes left in the game and Oregon State leading 24-17, quarterback Sean Mannion dumped a 2-yard pass to Brandin Cooks on third-and-4. Cooks spun out of one tackler at his knees, broke another in the open field and went 46 yards to the UCLA 1. Despite a stout goal-line stand from the Bruins, the Beavers' Trevor Romaine hit a chip-shot field goal to put the Beavers ahead by 10. The Bruins cut it to 27-20 with 1:47 left, but failed to recover the onside kick.
Player(s) of the game: Oregon State wide receivers Cooks and Markus Wheaton share the honors. Cooks caught six balls for 175 yards and a score and Wheaton had nine catches for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Player(s) of the game take 2: Oregon State’s defense -- especially in the front seven -- was solid (see stat of the game below). Michael Doctor had a great game.
Stat of the game: Oregon State held UCLA’s offense, which averaged 622 yards through the first three games (second nationally), to 444 yards. The Bruins were just 2-of-15 on third downs. The Beavers held Johnathan Franklin, the national leader in rushing (180.3 yards per game), to 45 yards on the ground.
What it means for Oregon State: Welcome to the top 25, OSU. The Beavers scored their second consecutive win over a ranked opponent for the first time in school history within the regular season. With a rush defense that has shut down two Heisman-hopeful running backs, the Beavers are trending up in the national and conference power rankings.
What it means for UCLA: The Bruins will tumble out of the top 25. Growing pains were expected for a team with a young offensive line and a young quarterback. Brett Hundley looked much more like a redshirt freshman than he had in the previous three games. Franklin’s Heisman campaign takes a serious hit.
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