Civil War football: Cooks sets Pac-12 receptions record in loss

2013-11-29T23:45:00Z 2013-11-30T22:39:31Z Civil War football: Cooks sets Pac-12 receptions record in lossBy JESSE SOWA, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
November 29, 2013 11:45 pm  • 

EUGENE — Brandin Cooks moved to the front of the line of the Pac-12’s single-season receptions list Friday night.

The Oregon State junior receiver made 10 catches to give him 120 for the year, two better than USC’s Marqise Lee in 2012.

Cooks, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the top receiver in the country, has spent the season breaking old marks and making them his own.

He’s the Beavers’ career record-holder for receiving touchdowns (23) and the school’s single-season record-holder for touchdown catches (15), receptions (120) and receiving yards (1,670).

He entered the week tied for first in the nation in receptions this season.

His 1,670 receiving yards leave him 52 short of the Pac-12’s single-season mark, also set by Lee in 2012.

A postseason bowl game would give Cooks an opportunity to claim that record as well. Friday marked his eighth 100-yard receiving game this season.

Ground success

Oregon State found success running the ball, a part of the offense that’s plagued the Beavers nearly all season.

Friday, they finished with a season-high 231 yards, led by Terron Ward’s 145 yards on 17 carries. It was Ward’s first 100-yard rushing game this season and was 1 yard off his career high, set in 2012 against Arizona State.

Teammate Storm Woods added a season-best 73 yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts.

Mannion’s numbers

OSU quarterback Sean Mannion was also climbing lists Friday.

His 314 passing yards give him 10,177 for his career, moving him pass Arizona’s Nick Foles into 11th place on the Pac-12 list.

He also jumped into second place on the conference’s single-season passing yardage list with 4,403. Washington’s Cody Pickett is first at 4,458 yards in 2002.

Two passing touchdowns helped Mannion move into a tie for 14th on the Pac-12 all-time list with 67.

An old rivalry

Friday’s Civil War was the 117th in the series. The Civil War is the longest-running college rivalry west of the Rocky Mountains.

Oregon leads the series 61-46-10 and is now 29-9-1 in the Civil War since 1975.

Sports reporter Jesse Sowa can be reached at 541-758-9565 or jesse.sowa@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSowaGT

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