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10/06/2012 11:16 PM EDT
No. 14 Oregon State beats Washington State 19-6

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Jordan Poyer was confident he would play
well heading into Saturday's game against the Cougars.

"To be honest with you - I wouldn't lie to you - I did," Oregon
State's cornerback said after his three interceptions in the
No. 14 Beavers' 19-6 win over the Cougars.

"It's just something you feel."

With the entire varsity squad from Poyer's alma mater, Astoria
(Ore.) High School, attending the game, the senior handled
Washington State quarterbacks Connor Halliday and Jeff Tuel.

Poyer's second interception forced Halliday from the game. His
third, with 3:18 remaining, sealed the victory.

"It was the biggest performance," said Oregon State defensive
end Scott Crichton, who added three sacks. "That's a superstar
right there. He carried us."

The Beavers (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) needed the defensive effort, as
the offense - and quarterback Sean Mannion - struggled.

Mannion threw three interceptions and finished 25 of 42 for 270
yards. He was sacked three times.

Markus Wheaton had 95 yards receiving and a touchdown. Oregon
State has surpassed its win total for the 2011 season and is 4-0
for the first time since 2002.

Tuel was 11 of 17 for 126 yards after replacing Halliday, who
threw three interceptions.

Marquess Wilson had four catches for 54 yards to lead the
Cougars (2-4, 0-3). Halliday was 9 for 20 for 81 yards.

Turnovers hurt the Cougars as they continue to implement new
coach Mike Leach's pass-heavy offense.

Crichton and sophomore defensive end Dylan Wynn kept both
Halliday and Tuel on the run. All together, the Cougars had four
interceptions and a fumble.

"(The Beavers) were jumping routes because they were playing a
lot of man coverage," Tuel said. "They were playing it tight,
and honestly, it's just a small place to throw a football."

Mannion was selected the Pac-12 offensive player of the week
after throwing for 433 yards last week in a 38-35 win over
Arizona. But he was not sharp to start Saturday's game, missing
receivers and throwing two interceptions early.

The Beavers had another promising drive stopped when they failed
to convert a fourth-and-2 at the Washington State 24. Oregon
State had to settle for Trevor Romaine's two field goals and a
6-3 halftime lead.

Mannion showed more poise in the second half. He led the Beavers
down the field for a 75-yard scoring drive to start the third
quarter, hitting Wheaton for a 12-yard touchdown pass.

"I'm really proud of the way our team came out in the second
half," Mannion said. "I think that says a lot about us."

In the fourth quarter, Mannion led a 13-play, 86-yard drive that
Tyler Anderson capped with a 1-yard run. The Beavers were 3 for
3 on third downs during the drive.

"And two of those third-down conversions were major league,"
said Oregon State coach Mike Riley, who became the school's
winningest coach in last week's win at Arizona.

Helped out by two 15-yard Oregon State penalties, Tuel completed
5 of 7 passes on a drive early in the fourth, but the drive
ended in Andrew Forney's 32-yard field goal.

"I thought we were pretty disjointed on offense," Leach said.
"Oregon State's defense was more physical than our offense."

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