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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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."