CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion and Colorado's turnover-prone offense ended the Buffaloes' hope for their first 3-0 start since 2008.
Mannion passed for 414 yards and a school-record six touchdowns and Oregon State won its fourth consecutive game Saturday with a 44-17 victory over Colorado.
The Buffaloes (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) never got untracked in their first game at Corvallis. Colorado's offense managed 300 yards, but only 124 through the first three quarters. Paul Richardson, who came into the game as the country's leading receiver with an average of 208.5 yards per game, was held to five receptions for 70 yards. Quarterback Connor Wood completed 14 of 34 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Worse for Colorado was four turnovers, including two on kickoff returns during the third quarter that led to two Oregon State touchdowns.
"Turnovers, that's probably what the difference in the game was. Kickoff turnovers, we've got to make sure we handle that. That kind of flipped the game for us," Colorado coach Mike McIntyre said.
Colorado played its first game in three weeks. Flooding postponed the Buffaloes' Sept. 14 game against Fresno State, in addition to a bye week, causing McIntyre to say earlier this week that "it seems like three years ago since we last played."
Wood didn't blame the layoff or gusty winds throughout the game.
"You can't put your finger on one thing that went wrong because it was there in all facets of the game," Wood said.
Richardson was all but taken out of the game by OSU's defense. The junior receiver caught only one pass for 2 yards during the first three quarters.
"Their coaches had a good defensive game plan and it worked out for them," Richardson said.
On the plus side, McIntyre liked Colorado's running game, which generated 154 yards. Michael Adkins led the way with 14 carries for 98 yards.
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