Rodgers, Beavers run past California

CORVALLIS — Jacquizz Rodgers brought out the Halloween special for California.

On Oregon State's first series Saturday, the running back threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Colby Prince out of the wildcat formation, and the Beavers went on to defeat the Golden Bears 35-7.

He pulled off the same play, which Oregon State calls the "Wild Beaver," last Halloween in an Oregon State victory over UCLA.

"Typical Quizz," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "He got his Halloween pass play he does every year."

Rodgers also ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns for the Beavers (4-3, 3-1 Pac-10), who led 28-0 at the half.

California (4-4, 2-3) was stung in the first quarter when quarterback Kevin Riley injured his left knee and had to be helped off the field. The extent of his injury was not immediately released, but Cal coach Jeff Tedford said Riley was expected to have an MRI either today or early next week.

"Right now it looks a little bit more serious than your everyday sprained knee," Tedford said.

Cal has lost six straight games on the road, a streak dating back to last season. The Golden Bears have lost four straight to the Beavers.

After his scoring strike, Rodgers had a pair of short scoring runs and Ryan Katz connected with Joel Halahuni on a 17-yard touchdown pass before the break. Rodgers added a 10-yard TD run early in the second half.

Rodgers also had three receptions for 11 yards, giving him 125 catches for his career — most ever by a Beavers' running back. And he now has 3,433 yards rushing for his career — notable because it puts him 14th on the Pac-10's all-time list ahead of O.J. Simpson.

He has only two career passes: both have been for touchdowns and both have fallen on or near Halloween.

Katz completed 20 of 27 passes for 184 yards before Oregon State pulled most of its offensive starters midway through the fourth quarter.

Brock Mansion replaced the injured Riley and completed 14 of 24 passes for 138 yards, including a 45-yard scoring pass to Anthony Miller with 20 seconds left in the game.

"He was rusty," Tedford said of Mansion. "The playbook got shrunk quite a bit. ... I was proud of the way he kept competing in there. I think the reps he got today (are) going to be beneficial to him, because it looks like Kevin might be out for a while."

Riley, who was on crutches in the second half, has passed for 1,409 yards this season with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Just like his team, Riley has fared better at Memorial Stadium, where he has 10 TD passes and no interceptions. The Golden Bears are 4-0 in Strawberry Canyon this season.

Cal was coming off a 50-17 victory at home against Arizona State.

The Beavers had an open date last weekend after a 35-34 double-overtime loss at Washington on Oct. 16. Oregon State attempted a 2-point conversion that failed when Katz's pass slipped from Halahuni's hands.

"Everyone was asking me about how we'd rebound and I hesitated, because I didn't want to sound like I was making anything up, because they just came back to work and had fun with it," Mike Riley said. "I'm really proud of them."

Last year, Cal held Rodgers to 67 yards rushing, but that included a 24-yard touchdown dash. The Beavers upset the Golden Bears 31-14 at Memorial Stadium.

Oregon State was without tight end Brady Camp, who didn't play because of a back injury.

James Rodgers, Jacquizz's older brother, sustained a season-ending knee injury in Oregon State's 29-27 victory over Arizona on Oct. 9. He had surgery to repair torn ligaments earlier this week.

James Rodgers was key to Oregon State's trademark fly sweep, and the Beavers took steps Saturday toward replacing him by giving the ball to receiver Markus Wheaton on the ground. Wheaton ran for 73 yards against Cal, along with his 57 yards receiving.

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