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Sean Mannion passed for 422 yards and Brandin Cooks and Storm Woods each scored twice but the 25th ranked Oregon State football team lost a nail-biter to Eastern Washington, 49-46, Saturday afternoon at Reser Stadium.

The Eagles went ahead on a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Vernon Adams with 18 seconds left. The Beavers managed to get to EWU's 35-yard line where Trevor Romaine's 52-yard field goal sailed wide right as the game ended.

Oregon State had a big offensive day, led by Mannion and Cooks who both found themselves in the top 10 in a couple single-game categories. Mannion's 422 yards passing is the sixth-best total in school history and his 37 completions were just three shy of his school-record 40 achieved against Arizona State during the 2011 season.

Cooks, meanwhile, caught 13 passes for 196 yards. He ties Shane Morales (2008) and Jacquizz Rodgers (2009) for the second-most receptions in a single game and finished just one shy of tying Mike Hass' record 14 against Arizona State in 2004.

Cooks' 196 yards receiving are good for ninth-most.

Eastern Washington held a 29-17 lead entering halftime, and the teams battled back-and-forth for most of the second half. Cooks and Woods scored on a 7-yard pass and 3-yard rush, respectively, to give the Beavers a 32-29 lead late in the third quarter. EWU, however, moved ahead 36-32 when Adams ran for a 19-yard score with 1:29 remaining in the quarter.

Cooks scored his second touchdown of the game less than two minutes into the fourth quarter when Mannion found him for a 14-yard pass. Adams, however, connected with Blair Bomber on a 47-yard touchdown pass three minutes later.

Oregon State scored its final touchdown with 4:50 remaining. Terron Ward scampered into the end zone on a 4-yard rush on a 12-play drive that lasted 5:27.

Head Coach Mike Riley

 On the results from today's game…

"You always want to get off to a good start. It just goes to show you the team that plays the best that day wins the game. They played better today and I thought they got some terrific play out of a quite a few of their people, especially their quarterback, he was outstanding.  They made the plays to win the game."

On EWU Vernon Adams' performance…

"You don't really prepare for something like that and we were a step behind. He was eluding tackles, which I think was a major factor in the game, the number of tackles that he made us miss and number of missed opportunities we had to sack him. And then there were the big plays he made. Early in the game he set the tone for how the rest of the game went."

On the performance of his offense…

"It was fun to see. The one thing we knew needed to try to do was we needed to get more people involved. Last year we had the combination of Markus and Brandin, and we don't have Markus anymore so what is that going to look like? Probably the disappointing thing today offensively was not running the ball as well as we'd like to do. We lost Isaac Seumalo today before the game, and he was scheduled to start. He went out for warm-ups but we had to pull him out. Hopefully we get him back because he will help with running the ball."

On the performance of Sean Mannion…

"I thought he was efficient throwing the football and I thought he spread the ball around really well. He made a bunch of nice plays and had a good variety; he seemed to be seeing things really well."

On the performance of the receivers…

"I am encouraged by their performance because that is what we are looking for. We have to look at the positives that we can get from this game and then obviously work on some things as well. There was enough encouraging stuff today to say that we can do this, we can get this thing squared away."

OSU Quarterback Sean Mannion

On if there are any positives about this game…

"I thought that our team fought hard. Eastern Washington outplayed us. We knew that they were a good team coming into it and it is something that we saw on film and have been saying all week. I think that our team fought until the bitter end so if there are any positives, it is that we didn't fold when we could have and we continued to play as hard as we could."

On the performance by the defense…

"No one played a perfect game, the offense especially. We have our defense's back a hundred times out of a hundred and they would do the same for us. I am not going to sit here and say that the offense played well because that isn't true. Our defense fought hard. I think that our offense left some plays on the field, but all that we can do as a team is continue to grow and overcome this by working hard next week."

On if the emotions feel like a flashback to a couple of year ago…

"Honestly that is pretty far in the past at this point. I think that you could say that there are similarities, because you want to start the season off right in any opening game, but I think that Eastern Washington just played a great game. We knew that they were a good team and I think that our offense left a few plays on the field. I know in the first half we had a couple three-and-outs and left our defense hanging, but our team fought really hard until the end, so if there is any positive, that's it."

On not recovering from a loss like this two years ago and why this year is different…

"I think that a lot of the guys who went through that are still on the team, which is one reason. At the same time, I think that our team's mentality is that we are not going to let anything get in the way. Rashaad Reynolds said something great in the locker room. He said that there are two ways that we can go about this: we can either lay down or stand up and overcome this by working harder than we ever have. Obviously, that is the route that we are going to take."

On his performance today…

"I think that there was some good and bad. I tried to be active and take good care of the ball. I think that I missed a few plays. Obviously whenever you have a three-and-out, you have to take that on yourself and I think we had a few of those in the first half. Like I said, I think that I left our defense hanging. There were some good plays, but the only thing that matters is the final score."

On Mannion's connection with the tight ends…

"It is definitely something that we emphasized throughout camp and I think that we have grown to have a lot of depth at that position with Connor [Hamblet], Caleb [Smith], Kellen [Clute] and Tyler Perry. I think that looking to tight ends is something that we are going to continue to do. I think that we are going to run our plays and they may be open or they may not. I don't think it was intentional, but it just kind of happened that way."

On their defense and why it was frustrating…

"I thought that their defense played well. Storm [Woods] said they flowed well and I would agree with that. In the passing game there were a lot of tight windows and our receivers made some great catches for us. They are a really good team and I think it showed by the way their defense played by disguising their coverage. That is something that we really studied and I think they did a great job with it."

Stom Woods Quotes:

On how the Beavers move past this game…

"It was a tough game, those guys came and probably played their best game, we didn't and it was as simple as that. They made plays where it counted and we didn't. We are a family, so we can't let this one win bring us down. This loss doesn't define us as a team and we just have to pull it together and focus on next week. Come out Monday and practice hard and get ready for Hawaii."

On his mentality moving forward..

"It hurts, it hurts really badly, we come in here the top 25 team and practiced so hard, the loss, it really hurts; we just have to pull it back together. There are a lot more games to be played, so we have to hold our heads up high and just continue to grow and learn from it and don't take no setbacks from the loss."

Michael Doctor Quotes:

At half time what did Banker say?

"Just to regroup, we know what type of defense we want to be and we know what type of defense we are. We just have to come out there and stop the run game initially and make them one dimensional."

On the last Eastern Washington touchdown…

"I was actually trying to get out there to him, just missed the tackle and couldn't get out there fast enough, he's a pretty good quarterback and he went out and took a chance."

Rashaad Reynolds

On what he told the team in post game…

"I just made sure that I just told the team that we can go two ways with this, I mean obviously it's a tough loss. We have been there before but at the end of the day, like Sean said, we can either learn from it and be the team we know we can be, or we can just lay down and that's not something we want to do"

On why this year is going to be different as opposed to two years ago. ..

"We have to the team to do it, obviously we didn't play our best today. Eastern Washington came out and played a better game but at the end of the day I think we have the guys to do it we have to just be focused and pay more attention."

On if Eastern Washington did anything offensively that was surprising…

"No, they did everything that we have seen on film, for the most part.  The quarterback made some great plays, running and made some nice passes.  They did everything that we knew they were going to do."

On how hard is it to be a defensive back going against Eastern Washington…

"It's pretty tough, when you have a guy that extends the play, you have to cover them for longer than normal. But, that's no excuse that's what we're here for as defensive backs. We didn't play to our potential today. As a unit, we have to step up"

Connor Hamlett

On defense letting down offense…

"No, there's no blame on this game... it's on everyone.  I mean it was nice to see that we put up a lot of points, but we've got to play as a team."

On underestimating an FCS opponent…

"Eastern played a great game. Now we know that we can't just take anyone lightly. They just played better than us, credit to Eastern. We will come in on Monday ready to work."

On worries after first half…

"We didn't think it was bad, we knew it was on us. We weren't playing well. Eastern played well but there were some things we could have done a lot better. There wasn't any panic or anything in the locker room. We knew we had to come out and play the way we played all fall camp and like last year.

On what offense can do better…

"Just sustain drives, we had a couple three and outs early in the first half. Those are never good especially when the other offense has long drives. We just need to put together more drives."

Release from OSU Media Services

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