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              === Vaz steps up as No. 10 Beavers blow past BYU ===
 Provo,  UT  (Sports Network) -  In his first career  start, Cody Vaz threw for
 332  yards and  three  touchdowns  and the  10th-ranked  Oregon State  Beavers
 remained  undefeated after  downing the BYU Cougars, 42-24, Saturday at LaVell
 Edwards Stadium.
 Vaz, pushed into action because of a left knee injury to starter Sean Mannion,
 played superbly in his first appearance for the Beavers since 2010, completing
 20 of his 32 passes and leading Oregon State to 450 yards of total offense.
 "I  don't  think anybody  in our  locker room  was particularly surprised Cody
 played  well,"  said Oregon State head  coach Mike Riley. "I think they've had
 faith in him as a teammate for a long time. I knew this was going to be a hard
 venue to step into, but I thought guys helped him out and made plays."
 Markus  Wheaton  caught five balls  for 66 yards  with two touchdowns and also
 ran  for another, and Brandin Cooks had a game-high 173 yards on eight catches
 for Oregon State.
 Storm  Woods  rushed for 57  yards and a touchdown  and tight end Colby Prince
 had  one TD  catch for Oregon State  (5-0), which is now undefeated after five
 games for the first time since 1939.
 Cornerback  Jordan Poyer,  who  had three  interceptions last  week  in a  win
 against Washington State, returned a pick 49 yards for a touchdown late in the
 fourth quarter to help preserve the Beavers' lead.
 Riley  Nelson threw for 305 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions for
 the  Cougars  (4-3), who  have now lost  three of five  following a 2-0 start.
 Jamaal  Williams  carried 15  times for  36 yards and  two scores, while Devin
 Mahina reeled in the Cougars' lone TD pass.
 "I  thought  our offense responded  pretty well for  the majority of the game,
 answering  scores  and I  was really  glad to  see that,"  said BYU head coach
 Bronco  Mendenhall. "I  thought Jamaal Williams emerged and I actually thought
 we  threw it  and  caught it  better  than  we had  and  were more  consistent
 offensively  probably  through three-quarters  of the game,  maybe three and a
 half quarters."
 Despite  two years of  not lining up behind center, Vaz looked like a seasoned
 vet  on the game's opening drive. He completed all five of his attempts for 75
 yards  and linked up with Wheaton for an 11-yard touchdown to put Oregon State
 up 7-0.
 The  Cougars roared  right back to tie the game, however, with Nelson marching
 the offense downfield in 10 plays, capped off by a 1-yard TD run by Williams.
 After  the  two teams  traded punts,  Vaz got back  into a  groove and put the
 Beavers back out ahead. He first hit Cooks through the air for a gain of 43 to
 move  the ball  down to the BYU  24-yard line, then he capitalized on the next
 play by throwing a strike to Wheaton for a score.
 With  BYU threatening at the Oregon State 24-yard line on the next possession,
 linebacker  Rueben Robinson got the ball back for the Beavers by picking off a
 Nelson pass on 2nd-and-9.
 Oregon  State was  unable to advance past their own 19-yard line, however, and
 was  forced  to punt  back to the  Cougars. JD Falslev  returned the ball back
 across  midfield, and a  15-yard penalty on the return by Oregon State set BYU
 up at the Beavers' 30-yard line.
 The  Cougars took  advantage of the opportunity, with Nelson throwing a 2-yard
 TD pass to Mahina on 4th-and-goal to tie the score at 14-14 late in the second
 With  6:26  left in the  third, Oregon  State jumped out  to a 21-14 lead. The
 Beavers  put  together an  11-play  drive,  converted  a 4th-and-1  just  past
 midfield, and scored three plays later when Woods reeled off a 16-yard run.
 BYU  tied  the game  right back at  the 2:50 mark,  putting together a 75-yard
 scoring drive in which Williams got his second TD of the day on a 2-yard run.
 Vaz,  however, kept  his composure and marched the Beavers right back 77 yards
 the other way to put Oregon State back up by a 28-21 score.
 After  hitting Cooks  for a 59-yard gain to  put the Beavers at the BYU 5, Vaz
 took  a two-step drop and attempted a quick throw to his left on 3rd-and-goal.
 The  ball was  tipped into  the  air at  the  line of  scrimmage, with  Prince
 snatching it out of the air in the end zone.
 A  35-yard field goal  by BYU's Justin Sorenson with 8:55 left made it a four-
 point  game,  but Wheaton went 12  yards on the  ground for a touchdown -- his
 third  of the day  -- on a trick play wide-receiver double-reverse at the 5:30
 mark, capping a 77-yard scoring drive by the Beavers.
 Poyer  intercepted Nelson on the Cougars' next possession and took it 49 yards
 back for a score, making it a 42-24 game with under five minutes left to play.
                                   Game Notes
 The series dates back to 1955 and was the 11th overall meeting between the two
 teams,  with  Oregon State holding  a 6-5 advantage  ... Vaz's only other game
 action  for  the Beavers  came in  2010, when he  completed 6-of-17 passes for
 48  yards in  five outings ... Vaz  was 12-of-18 passing for 184 yards and two
 touchdowns  in the first  half .., The win gives OSU its first 5-0 start since
 1939, when it had victories over Stanford, Idaho, Washington, Washington State
 and  Portland ...  The last time the  BYU defense allowed over 300 total yards
 was  2011's 38-28  victory over Oregon State, when the Cougars surrendered 365
 to the Beavers.
 10/13 23:53:08 ET