TUCSON, Ariz. -- Oregon State Beavers coach Mike Riley was just waiting for the right time to open his
bag of tricks, and it came with 1:09 to play.
The No. 18 Beavers had a play-action pass to backup tight end Connor Hamlett ready to call, and Riley decided to use it on a third-and-five from the Arizona Wildcats 5-yard line.
He couldn't have picked a better spot.
OSU sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion found Hamlett near the left sideline, then the sophomore broke a tackle and rumbled into the end zone for the go-ahead score and the Beavers beat Arizona 38-35 in front of 44,143 fans at Arizona Stadium.
"(Hamlett) is one of my real good friends so I was real pumped to get him his first touchdown," said
Mannion, who threw for a career-high 433 yards -- 166 of which went to Markus Wheaton -- on 29-of-45
It was Oregon State's sixth consecutive win at Arizona and it put Riley atop the all-time wins list at
the school with 75 career victories.
After playing two ranked teams to start the season for the first time in school history, Oregon State
(3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) continued its winning ways by mounting 610 yards of total offense and keeping Arizona's offense at bay enough to overcome allowing 21 straight points to erase a 17-point lead.
"I just thought it was a great job of being resilient and playing hard and playing with character,"
Riley said. "It looked pretty bad for a while in there, but the guys just kept making plays. I was really
proud of them."
Arizona (3-2, 0-2) quarterback Matt Scott threw for a career-high 403 yards and three scores while
Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey gashed the Beavers for 115 yards on 17 carries -- the most yards gained on the ground by a player against OSU this season.
But Scott was intercepted twice -- the second time by Rashaad Reynolds with the Wildcats driving to
attempt to tie the game in the final minute.
"Somebody had to make a play. ... I gave one up earlier so I told the team I owed them one and I was
able to get it," said Reynolds, who tied an OSU single-game record with five pass breakups in the first
half. "I got hands on the receiver and saw the quarterback looking at him, so I just jumped it."
Twelve different players had gains of 20 or more yards in the game as both teams combined for 49
second-half points after struggling to find their footing at the start of the game.
"They had a lot of guys wide open," Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "When we blitzed, we
couldn't get to the quarterback. Oregon State made the plays at the end to win and we didn't."
Both teams traded punts on their first two possessions of the game, but things heated up from there --
at least for Oregon State.
The Beavers struck first on a three-yard pass from Mannion to Wheaton to cap a nine-play, 83-yard drive that was extended by a running-into-the-kicker call on a field goal that OSU kicker Trevor Romaine pushed to the right.
OSU jumped out to a 10-0 lead after Romaine drilled a 31-yard field goal on the Beavers' next
possession. Arizona looked to be in position to answer OSU's scores, but the Wildcats' kicking woes
continued when John Bonano missed a 40-yard field goal -- leaving Arizona scoreless on its past seven red-zone trips. Then the Oregon State offense opened up.
The Beavers used back-to-back plays of 20-plus yards to gash the Arizona defense before Tyler Anderson scored from one yard out to put OSU up 17-0.
Arizona answered with a nine-play, 85-yard scoring drive on which Scott completed five passes for 76
yards. Carey scored on a three-yard run to end the Wildcats' streak of five straight scoreless quarters in
Mannion showed no ill effects of a sore throwing arm that limited him in practice throughout the week.
He completed 15 of his 27 first-half pass attempts for 278 yards.
NOTES: Entering Saturday, Oregon State's past four matchups with Arizona had been decided by a combined 19 points. ... Wheaton has caught a pass in 26 straight games, the third-longest active streak in the Pac-12. ... OSU has won 25 of its last 29 games in which a rusher gains 100 yards. ... Arizona played in copper-colored helmets in homage to the state's copper mining history.