Beavers roll over Bears

Making his first start since the ill-fated trip to Washington, Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion tossed four touchdowns and the Beavers blew up the visiting California Bears 62-14.

Mannion, starting in place of the injured Cody Vaz, threw touchdowns to four different receivers. Markus Wheaton led all players with seven catches for 99 yards while Terron Ward carried 14 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

After Wheaton’s 11-yard score put the Beavers (8-2, 6-2) up 7-0 in the first, Cal answered with a 9-yard Isi Sofele run. That was as close as the game would get because the Beavers would go on to score six unanswered touchdowns. Cornerback Jordan Poyer also picked up his sixth interception of the season.

“We were aggressive … we mixed in some runs nicely and the guys blocked them pretty well and we made some big plays,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley told the Pac-12 Network after the game. “That helped a lot.”

The 62 points was Oregon State’s highest point total in more than four years. Cal ends the season on a five-game losing streak, 3-9 overall and 2-7 in Pac-12 play. Allan Bridgford, making his second start at quarterback for the injured Zach Maynard was 18-of-31 for 132 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

At question is the status of Cal coach Jeff Tedford, who according to numerous reports will meet with athletic director Sandy Barbour on Sunday to talk about his future. Ironically, it was Riley who started the season potentially on the hot seat.

Oregon State hosts the Ducks next week in the Civil War.