CORVALLIS, Ore. – The University of Hawai’i football hung tough in the first half before Oregon State scored 19 unanswered points in the second, to hand UH a 33-14 loss Saturday in a non-conference game at Reser Stadium.
With the score tied at 14 at the half, the Beavers used a pair of Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks touchdowns to seal the victory. Mannion finished the game with 372 yards passing while Cooks had seven catches for 92 yards and a pair of scores.
For the game Oregon State, out-gained UH 508-239, including a 306-111 advantage after the break.
Down 14-0 in the second quarter, the Warrior defense came up big as safety John Hardy-Tuliau forced Mannion to hurry his throw and Julian Gener intercepted his pass and returned it 23 yards for the touchdown.
UH forced OSU to punt on its next possession and Graham led the Warriors on a nine-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Clark Evans which tied the score at 14 heading into halftime.
The Beavers opened the second half scoring with Brandin Cooks’ first of two third quarter hook-ups with Mannion. After a Hawai’i punt, OSU drove the field again, capped by a Mannion-to-Cooks TD for a 28-14 lead.
The Beavers scored on their opening possession of the game, spurred by a pass interference penalty by Hawai’i and 48-yard screen pass from Mannion to Storm Woods. On the next play, Mannion found Kevin Clute in the back of the end zone for the score.
OSU got on the scoreboard again in the second quarter as Mannion found Richard Mullaney on a 19-yard scoring strike. UH would score consecutive touchdowns to knot the score up going into the locker room, but were shutout in the second half, sealing their fate.
The Rainbow Warriors will have the next week off before beginning Mountain West play at Nevada, Sept. 21 in Reno, Nev.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*