In a wildly entertaining game with several big momentum changes, the No. 18 Oregon State Beavers took down the Arizona Wildcats 38-35 in Tucson on Saturday night.
This game featured great quarterback play and a ton of excitement—although it was all Oregon State early.
The Beavers opened up to a 17-0 lead at the 6:10 mark of the second quarter, but by the time the 8:48 mark of the third quarter rolled around, Arizona had scored 21 unanswered points.
Offense ruled the day after that point as these two began to trade scores.
Oregon State improved to 3-0 (1-0 in the Pac-12) with the win, and they continue to be one of the biggest surprises of this young season.
Heading into this game, both of their wins came over teams that were ranked when they played.
They beat Wisconsin 10-7 in their opener and followed that up with a 27-20 win over UCLA last week.
Meanwhile, Arizona (0-1 in the Pac-12) has certainly shown they can play like a Top-25 team. They started off the season 3-0 and that stretch included an impressive 59-38 win over Oklahoma State. However, they also showed that they still have a few holes to address in their 49-0 loss to Oregon last week.
While they pick up the loss, it was still a nice rebound effort after last week's debacle.
Those lucky enough to catch this game were treated to a fun night of football. A quick Twitter search on this game reveals a bunch of tweets similar to the excitement shared by this fan.
There will be no lack of highlights to choose from in this Oregon State-Arizona game. Wild one. #GoBeavs— Gary L. West (@GaryLWest) September 30, 2012
ESPN helped capture the moment and wild mood of this game as it entered the fourth quarter.
Momentum has switched allegiance again as Arizona jumps ahead 28-24, taking advantage of Storm Woods fumble. A wild 4th ahead?— ESPN_Pac12blog (@ESPN_Pac12blog) September 30, 2012
GOAZCATS.com' Tracy McDannald also helped highlight how exciting this game was when he posted the following tweet.
A whopping 13 separate rushing or receiving plays of 20 or more yards tonight between the #ArizonaWildcats and Oregon State— Tracy McDannald (@TracyGOAZCATS) September 30, 2012
And that tweet was posted at the end of the third quarter!
Grades for Key Oregon State Players
QB Sean Mannion: A
Sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion is off to a strong start to this season, and he continued that in this game.
He threw a beautiful pass for a a two-yard, go-ahead score with 8:35 remaining. He worked the defense away from his intended target with a pump fake and then riffled a pass right on target along the sideline and at the goal line.
He then followed that up by orchestrating a drive that he capped off with a nine-yard touchdown throw to Connor Hamlett with just over a minute left.
He finished 29-of-45 for 433 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
RB Storm Woods: A
In just his third-career start, freshman running back Storm Woods was an absolute work horse. He flashed his power and explosiveness in this one.
Woods was consistently churning out positive yards, and he was rewarded with a boatload of carries.
He finished the game with 29 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown.
Grades for Key Arizona Players
QB Matt Scott: A
Senior Matt Scott is not only his team's leading passer, but also the second-leading rusher. Needless to say, he is the focal point of this offense, and this game was no different.
Scott showed his poise late in the fourth when, in the face of a mighty blitz, he threw a seven-yard, go-ahead strike with 5:34 to Austin Hill.
He finished 31-of-54 for 403 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The second pick came on Arizona's last gasp fourth-quarter drive.
RB Ka'Deem Carey: B
Sophomore Ka'Deem Carey only had 17 carries in this game, but he made the most of them. Carey runs hard and with good vision.
He looked dynamic while pumping out 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Oregon State will host Washington State, in a game they should be favored to win and improve to 4-0.
Arizona will host a Washington Husky team that is fresh off an upset over Stanford.
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