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Vaz helps Oregon State down Arizona State
No. 13 Ore. St. 36,Arizona St. 26
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Cody Vaz recovered from a shaky start to throw for 267 yards and three touchdowns and lead Oregon State to a victory over Arizona State.
Terron Ward rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers (7-1, 5-1), taking on extra work when starting running back Storm Woods left early in the game with a sore left knee.
Arizona State (5-4, 3-3) scored on the return after Vaz fumbled on Oregon State's opening drive, but the Beavers pulled away after a 19-all tie at the half to keep the Sun Devils from bowl eligibility.
A fan in the crowd held a sign reading "We're All BelieVaz" for the junior quarterback who was awarded the start after Sean Mannion struggled the week before with four interceptions in a loss to Washington.
Vaz had started two games for the Beavers and won them both while Mannion recovered from left knee surgery. Mannion, a sophomore, started the Beavers' first four games and averaged 339 yards passing, but was off when he returned in the 20-17 loss to the Huskies.
Vaz's night started disastrously when he lost the ball on Oregon State's own 1 on the opening drive and Arizona State defensive end Junior Onyeali returned it for the touchdown to give the Sun Devils the early lead.
Vaz appeared unsure of himself, but the Beavers ensuing drive ended with Trevor Romaine's 41-yard field goal. Arizona State answered with Cameron Marshall's 1-yard scoring run for a 14-3 lead.
Vaz bounced back with a 50-yard scoring pass to Markus Wheaton, but then Arizona State got a safety on a blocked punt for a 16-10 lead. The Sun Devils added a 31-yard field goal from Jon Mora.
Ward's 53-yard TD run narrowed it again for Oregon State and the Beavers tied it at 19 going into halftime on Romaine's 45-yard field goal.
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