TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Make it two in a row on the road for the
rejuvenated Oregon State Beavers.
Yvenson Bernard rushed for 107 yards and the Beavers shut down
Arizona's offense most of the game, then held on to beat the
Wildcats 17-10 Saturday.
Bernard, the No. 2 rusher in the Pac-10 behind Cal's Marshawn
Lynch, carried 26 times to top 100 yards for the second game in a
row and fourth time this season. But Bernard left with an ankle
injury late in the game.
Coach Mike Riley said it was too soon to know if the injury was
The Beavers took a 14-0 first-quarter lead, then withstood a
pair of late threats to win their second Pac-10 road game in a row
and climb above .500 (4-3, 2-2 Pac-10) heading into next weekend's
home game against No. 3 Southern California.
"The only word that comes to mind is momentum I think," said
Oregon State's Matt Moore, who completed 16 of 22 passes for 181
yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice. "That's what we
talked about in the locker room. We've got to stay focused and play
at home like we did on the road."
The Beavers have turned it around after home losses to Cal and
"Our players are getting gutsier and feeling more ownership on
the team," Riley said. "The staff is doing a great job pulling
these guys back and focusing on the fundamentals. We have made a
progress this year. I think if you don't have growth during the
season you don't have anything, but we definitely do."
Syndric Steptoe returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown in the
third quarter to keep Arizona close, but the Wildcats (3-5, 1-4)
couldn't muster much offense behind third-string quarterback Kris
Heavner, until the frantic final few minutes.
Starter Willie Tuitama is out with a concussion and backup Adam
Austin injured his knee in last week's win at Stanford. Heavner
completed 17 of 26 passes for 161 yards but was intercepted twice
late in the game.
"In this league, you've got to score points," said Arizona
coach Mike Stoops, who fell to 9-21 in his third season in Tucson.
"When you score three, 10, whatever, it's just not getting it
After Alex Serna's 18-yard field goal put Oregon State up 17-10
with 7:26 to play, Arizona drove from its 20 to the Beavers' 45,
but Joey LaRocque intercepted.
The Wildcats got the ball back at their 20 with 59 seconds left
and Heavner completed three passes to get Arizona to the Oregon
State 28. But Alan Darlin sacked Heavner at the Beavers' 40. On the
final play of the game, Heavner underthrew an open Mike Thomas in
the end zone and Daniel Drayton intercepted at the 1.
"He was kind of moving away and he just didn't have enough
strength to get it over the top of him," Stoops said.
Arizona managed just 183 yards, 22 on the ground.
"It's very tough," Wildcats cornerback Antoine Cason said.
"Outside people don't know how tough it is to work so hard and get
so close, then just have those little mental mistakes creep up and
bite you on the back."
Moore connected with Sammie Stroughter on a 34-yard play for the
game's first score, capping a 10-play, 94-yard drive on Oregon
State's first possession.
An interception stopped the Beavers' next drive, but the defense
held Arizona to its third consecutive three-and-out possession.
After the punt, Bernard carried four times in a row for 34 yards,
then Moore sneaked in from the 1 to make it 14-0 with 12 seconds
left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats intercepted Moore again, Dane Krogstad returning it
29 yards to the Oregon State 13. Arizona moved to first-and-goal at
the 3, but couldn't score. Heavner threw incomplete from the 1 and
Oregon State took over.
The Wildcats' held and forced the Beavers to punt from their end
That led to Nick Folk's 30-yard field goal with 3 to seconds to
play in the half to cut Oregon State's lead to 14-3.
Steptoe's second career punt return for a touchdown came down
the left sideline to cut the lead to 14-10 with 6:40 left in the
Bernard fumbled on a hit by Dominic Patrick and Spencer Larsen
recovered at the Beavers' 41 early in the fourth quarter, but the
Wildcats couldn't take advantage.