Analyzing Sean Mannion's Dominant Performance vs. Colorado

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2013

CORVALLIS, OR - DECEMBER 01: Quarterback Sean Mannion #4 of the Oregon State Beavers smiles along the sidelines late in the fourth quarter of the game against the Nicholls State Colonels on December 1, 2012 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. Oregon State won the game 77-3. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 414 yards, six touchdowns and one interception while leading the Beavers to a 44-17 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes in Corvallis on Saturday. 

Most of that work came in the second half. The senior quarterback picked up two scoring throws in the first half as the Beavers took a 17-3 lead into halftime. It took less than three minutes in the second half for him to find Brandin Cooks for a 22-yard touchdown. 

When Mannion hit Caleb Smith for a four-yard score with just over five minutes remaining in the game, he had his sixth touchdown of the contest. His touchdown to Terron Ward for 42 yards in the third quarter was his longest scoring pass of the day. 

Mannion wound up completing 27 of 52 passes and connected with eight different receivers. 

After a humbling loss to Eastern Washington in their opener, the Beavers improved to 4-1 with their victory on Saturday. Mannion is a huge reason why. For the season, he now has thrown for 2,018 yards, 21 touchdown passes and two picks.