BTN.com staff, September 8, 2012
Sean Mannion threw for 276 yards and a touchdown, Oregon State's defense smothered Wisconsin's Montee Ball and the Beavers upset the No. 13 Badgers 10-7 on Saturday. Mannion connected with Brandin Cooks on a 20-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to give the Beavers a 10-0 lead then turned it over to the Oregon State (1-0) defense that forced two turnovers and held Ball to 61 yards rushing.
The win snapped Wisconsin's 33-game non-conference winning streak, the second-longest in the country behind LSU.
Wisconsin finished with 207 yards and only 35 on the ground. It was the lowest total yardage for Wisconsin in five years. The previous non-conference loss for Wisconsin (1-1) came early in the 2003 season when the Badgers lost to UNLV.
FINAL: Oregon State took home a 10-7 win over No. 13 Wisconsin thanks to the chemistry between Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks, who led the passing attack for the Beavers on Saturday at Reser Stadium. Mannion hit Cooks for 97 yards on eight catches during the win.
The Badgers nearly made a 10-point deficit evaporate, but Oregon State's defense held strong against a late Wisconsin comeback to clinch the victory.
Home run plays keyed the Beavers' scoring attack. Oregon State had four plays of 20 yards or more on its way to victory. The Beavers added to the highlight reel when Mannion found Colby Prince open for a 34-yard pass with 7:10 remaining in the second quarter. Unfortunately for Oregon State, the big play went to waste, as that drive ended on the Badgers' 34-yard line without a score.
The Beavers' defense stymied Wisconsin's rushing attack. Oregon State held the Badgers to a mere 34 yards on the ground. The Beavers' Mannion was good for 284 yards during the game, completing 30 of 48 passes. Mannion finished the game with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Oregon State racked up 357 total yards. The Beavers' passing game had to do most of the work with the rushing attack contributing just 73 yards rushing on 28 attempts.
Wisconsin's Danny O'Brien went 20 of 39 through the air for a total of 172 yards. O'Brien tossed one touchdown and one interception. O'Brien's favorite target on the day was Jeff Duckworth. He hauled in seven catches for 55 yards.
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