4:00 PM ET, October 1, 2005
Reser Stadium, CORVALLIS, OR
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 welcome sight.
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 times.
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 half.
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 State 31.
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 one."
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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||9-17||10-19|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-1|
|TD||12:13||JEROME HARRISON 2 YD RUN (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||8:23||MATT MOORE 1 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yards.
|FG||1:22||ALEXIS SERNA 38 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||12:51||JEROME HARRISON 5 YD RUN (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 62 yards.
|FG||7:20||LOREN LANGLEY 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 86 yards.
|TD||6:09||JEROME HARRISON 3 YD RUN (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 31 yards.
|FG||3:39||ALEXIS SERNA 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||1:46||JASON HILL 20 YD PASS FROM ALEX BRINK (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 78 yards.
|FG||0:26||ALEXIS SERNA 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 38 yards.
|TD||2:08||YVENSON BERNARD 1 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 11 yards.
|TD||10:34||SABBY PISCITELLI 23 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)||30||30|
|FG||8:45||LOREN LANGLEY 23 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||6:50||MIKE HASS 63 YD PASS FROM MATT MOORE (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||0:56||YVENSON BERNARD 3 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 26 yards.