CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State quarterback Matt Moore was
scrambling, trying to find a way out of what looked like certain
disaster at the hands of Washington State's defense. Then he saw a
Receiver Mike Hass.
Moore's favorite target pulled down his quick throw and ran it
into the end zone on a 63-yard pass play that was the go-ahead
touchdown in the fourth quarter of Oregon State's 44-33 victory
over Washington State.
"I just wheeled it up the sideline and nobody was there," said
Hass, who finished with seven catches for 161 yards.
The Beavers (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10) had lost two straight -- to
Louisville and Arizona State -- going into the game against the
undefeated Cougars (3-1, 0-1).
Hass has had nine straight games with at least 100 receiving
yards. Going into the game he led the nation in receiving yards
with an average of 167.5.
"It was an amazing play. It was a big day for us, we needed to
get this win. "Oregon State coach Mike Riley said about the
Moore-to-Hass TD. "Matt made a good play to get away from the
rush, and those two guys played football."
The Beavers tied it at 30 after turnovers by both teams. First,
Moore's long pass to Josh Hawkins in the end zone was intercepted
by Don Turner. On the next play, Alex Brink's pass to Michael
Bumpus was intercepted by Beavers strong safety Sabby Piscitelli --
who ran it back 23 yards for a touchdown.
The Cougars went up on Loren Langley's 23-yard field goal, but
Hass scored on a 63-yard pass from Moore with 6:50 left.
"We had a chance for a sack on that play," Washington State
coach Bill Doba said. "We missed the tackle and he (Moore) throws
it down for six."
Yvenson Bernard, who finished with 28 carries for 89 yards,
added a 3-yard TD run with 56 seconds to go for the Beavers.
Moore completed 20 of 45 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown.
He was intercepted twice.
Alex Brink, who was embarrassed at Reser Stadium last season in
his first start for Washington State, was 31-of-59 for a school
record 531 yards and a score, but Oregon State intercepted him four
The Cougars' previous record for passing yards was held by Drew
Bledsoe, who had 476 yards against Utah in the 1992 Copper Bowl.
It was also the most passing yards, as well as passing attempts,
that Oregon State has ever allowed an opponent.
Washington State's abilities were mostly unknown after easy,
non-conference victories over Idaho (38-26), Nevada (55-21) and
Division I-AA Grambling State (48-7). The Cougars also were coming
off a bye for their conference opener.
In the first half, they answered their critics.
Jerome Harrison ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns, Langley
kicked a 29-yeard field goal and Jason Hill caught a 20 yard
scoring pass from Brink to give the Cougars a 30-16 lead at the
After QB Moore's 1-yard keeper, the Beavers had to settle for
field goals of 38, 47 and 35 yards from kicker Alexis Serna for
their first-half points.
Harrison's third TD, a 3-yard run, came three plays after
Bernard's fumble was grabbed by Steve Dildine and run to the Oregon
The Beavers narrowed it to 30-23 with Bernard's 1-yard dive into
the end zone, the only score by either team in the third quarter.
Harrison finished with 31 carries for 124 yards, while Hill had
eight catches for 190 yards. Hill, who has at least one TD catch in
his last seven games, injured his ankle in the second half. The
seriousness of the injury was not immediately known.
"It was a good ball game, they played well, and I don't think
anybody on our team quit," Doba said. "We've got seven more to
go, so we've got to suck it up and get ready to play the next
When the Cougars came down to Reser last year they got thumped
38-19. Brink, a prep star from Eugene's Sheldon High School, was
making his first start after Josh Swogger broke a bone in his foot
the previous week.
Brink completed only 15 of 41 attempts and was intercepted
twice, throwing a TD pass late in the game.
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