Instant analysis: Oregon St. 38, Arizona 35
September, 30, 2012
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
TUCSON, Ariz. -- It was a barnburner -- again -- at Arizona Stadium. Here's how we saw things in Oregon State's 38-35 victory:
It was over when: Oregon State cornerback Rashaad Reynolds broke perfectly on a Matt Scott pass and grabbed an interception that ended Arizona's comeback hopes in the final minute.
Game ball goes to: Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion, who was 29 of 45 for a career-high 433 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Stat of the game: The teams combined for 1,157 yards -- 612 from Oregon State and 545 from Arizona.
Unsung hero of the game: While Storm Woods had a crucial fumble for Oregon State, he also rushed for 161 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown. The long-dormant Beavers running game is back.
Best call: On third-and-5 from the Wildcats' 9-yard line, Mannion found backup tight end Connor Hamlett for the decisive score with 1:09 left. The Beavers caught 29 passes tonight, but that was the only one Hamlett grabbed.
What it means: Oregon State now has three quality wins, two on the road. The Beavers should move up in the polls, into the top 15. This just further shows their legitimacy as a Pac-12 contender. Of course, rival Oregon did beat the Wildcats 49-0. As for Arizona, there was little to suggest this isn't a bowl team. They merely have lost to the Nos. 2 and 18 teams in the nation.