- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.
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.
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