7:00 PM ET, October 7, 2006
Reser Stadium, CORVALLIS, OR
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- While he didn't set records this year in Corvallis, at least Alex Brink came away with a victory.
Brink threw for 270 yards and a touchdown as Washington State defeated Oregon State 13-6 in a turnover-filled game on Saturday.
It was the Cougars' first win in Corvallis in 10 years and their first win in October since 2003.
Last season, Brink threw for a school-record 531 yards but threw for interceptions against the Beavers and Washington State lost 44-33. This season the Oregon native completed 19 of 32 passes with one interception.
"It's been a little bit of a monkey on my back," Brink said about finally winning at Reser Stadium. "It's hard coming down here and playing. They always play hard."
Jason Hill caught five passes for 121 yards for the Cougars (4-2, 2-1 Pac-10), coming off a close 28-22 loss to No. 3 USC that wasn't decided until the final play. Cougar Coach Bill Doba said Hill hurt his shoulder Saturday night, but the team was hoping it was just a sprain.
Hill has 2,504 receiving yards as a Cougar, moving him past school leader Hugh Campbell (2,452 yards from 1960-62).
"I'm proud of the effort," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "I hate the loss. I hate it."
Riley finds himself under increasing pressure. During the game, a group of fans each lofted big orange letters spelling out "Can Riley."
Doba was asked if he had any advice for Riley: "Join the club," he joked.
It was sloppy on both sides.
The Cougars capped their first series with Loren Langley's 39-yard field goal. Alexis Serna -- who last week against California hit a 58-yard field goal, the longest in the nation so far -- missed a 52-yard attempt in the second quarter that would have tied it.
During one stretch, three straight fumbles turned the ball over three times.
First Anthony Wheat-Brown's fumble was recovered by Scott Davis at the Washington State 40, then Brink's fumble was recovered by Oregon State's Curtis Coker on the Cougar 37. On the next play, Yvenson Bernard's fumble was picked up by Davis on Washington State's 19.
After Langley's 20-yard field goal, Serna answered with a 42-yard field goal for the Beavers to make it 6-3 at halftime.
"We fumbled, they fumbled right back, and we fumble right back to them. It was a crazy game," Doba said.
Turnovers still ruled in the second half. Brink's efficient drive on the Cougars' first possession of the half featured a 45-yard completion to Hill. But Brink was intercepted at the Oregon State 5-yard line by Derrick Doggett.
On a drive that included two officials' reviews, Brink found Hill with a 29-yard scoring pass.
The Beavers drove to the WSU 11-yard line, but Moore's pass for Bernard was intercepted in the end zone by Eric Frampton.
On the next series, running back Derrell Hutsona ran 53 years to put the Cougars on the OSU 15. But Langley's 25-yard field goal attempt to cap the drive went wide right.
Serna made a 41-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter.
On the Beavers' final drive, Moore was sacked when Oregon State tried to go for it on fourth-and-7 in Washington State territory.
"We were just a few inches away from breaking it open," Stroughter said. "I know I myself missed out on a couple of opportunities."
Last year, the Cougars went into Corvallis 3-0 and led 30-16 at halftime. But the Beavers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to win.
After a three-game homestand, Oregon State plays at Washington next Saturday. The Cougars host California.
"We needed to get this game, a game we were supposed to win," Brink said. "To get through with a win and get back to Pullman is the biggest thing."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||6-18||3-12|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-1|
|FG||6:44||LOREN LANGLEY 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yards.
|FG||2:10||LOREN LANGLEY 20 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yards.
|FG||0:21||ALEXIS SERNA 42 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 47 yards.
|TD||4:38||JASON HILL 29 YD PASS FROM ALEX BRINK (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 82 yards.
|FG||5:44||ALEXIS SERNA 41 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 23 yards.