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Quick Hits: No. 10 Oregon State 42, BYU 24

By Chris Huston | College Football Writer
Cody Vaz shined against BYU (US Presswire)

OREGON STATE WON: Cody Vaz stepped in for an injured Sean Mannion to lead No. 10 Oregon State (5-0) to an impressive 42-24 win over Brigham Young (4-3) in Provo. Vaz completed 20 of 32 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns (with no interceptions), with 173 of those yards coming courtesy of wideout Brandin Cooks. BYU quarterback Riley Nelson passed for 305 yards, but he threw three costly interceptions, including a back-breaker that was taken back for a fourth-quarter touchdown by Beavers cornerback Jordan Poyer. Oregon State's stout defense held BYU to just 81 rushing yards. The Beavers are now 6-5 lifetime against the Cougars.

WHEN OREGON STATE WON: OK, the first drive didn't necessarily decide the game, but Vaz came out and went 5-5 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown, which really set the tone for the game. The worry that Oregon State would struggle offensively with the loss of Mannion, who was injured last week and is out indefinitely, went out the window after that. Vaz was masterful in his command of the offense and his pinpoint passing kept the BYU defense on its toes. Most important, he had no turnovers and made key plays when he had to.

WHY OREGON STATE WON: The Beavers used a combination of Vaz's performance and an opportunistic defense to overwhelm a physical BYU team and blow open a tight game in the fourth quarter. Vaz was cool under pressure on the road and never really made a bad throw. Meanwhile, Poyer grabbed his fifth interception of the season when he took a Nelson pass back for a 47-yard touchdown to seal the game. Oregon State made all the plays when it counted and BYU couldn't keep up during crunch time.

WHAT OREGON STATE WON: The college football world might have to take the Beavers seriously now. This was a game that past OSU teams might've lost, but this team showed it belonged in the Top 10 of the rankings. The loss of Mannion was supposed to be a setback for the Beavers, but Vaz looked as good, or better. They have to be taken seriously as a contender for the Pac-12 title.

WHAT BYU LOST: The Cougars had a chance to knock off a Top 10 team but ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. It doesn't get any easier for BYU next week when it travels to South Bend to take on Notre Dame, so the Cougars could be looking at a 4-4 start.

THAT WAS CRAZY: Oregon State has its first 5-0 start since 1939.

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