No. 13 Oregon State defeats Arizona State 36-26

No. 13 Oregon State defeats Arizona State 36-26
November 4, 2012, 2:18 am
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Oregon State receiver Markus Wheaton scores a touchdown as teammate Brandin Cooks watches (7) during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Cody Vaz recovered from a shaky start to throw for 267 yards and three touchdowns and lead No. 13 Oregon State to a 36-26 victory over Arizona State on Saturday night.

Terron Ward rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers (7-1, 5-1), taking on extra work when starting running back Storm Woods left early in the game with a sore left knee.

Arizona State (5-4, 3-3) scored on the return after Vaz fumbled on Oregon State's opening drive, but the Beavers pulled away after a 19-all tie at the half to keep the Sun Devils from bowl eligibility.

A fan in the crowd held a sign reading ``We're All BelieVaz'' for the junior quarterback who was awarded the start after Sean Mannion struggled the week before with four interceptions in a loss to Washington.