Posted December 01, 2012 on AP on Fox
Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs knows it may be painful now, but he believes the Colonels will be better for playing tough opponents. They certainly saw tough on Saturday, when they lost to No. 16 Oregon State 77-3 in their regular-season finale. It was the most points the Beavers had scored against an opponent. The game was originally scheduled for Sept 1, but it was postponed when Hurricane Isaac bore down on the Colonels' Thibodeaux, La., campus. Oregon State was the third FBS team that lower-division Nicholls State has played this season. The Colonels also lost to South Alabama and Tulsa. The Colonels have two wins over FBS opponents since 2000: They beat Arkansas State 28-22 in 2001, and Rice 16-14 in 2007. ''I signed up for these games and I want to play them,'' said Stubbs, who was an assistant at Oregon State from 1985-90. ''We want to be more competitive, there's no question about that. I aspire to bring this program up and it's tough on me, but I know it's something I want to do.'' Oregon State piled up 683 yards against the FCS Southland Conference Colonels (1-10), who lost their eighth straight. Storm Woods ran for two Oregon State touchdowns and senior Markus Wheaton had 12 catches for 123 yards and a score, while setting the Beavers' career record for receptions. Oregon State (9-3) started playing its substitutes against the lower-division Colonels after taking a 35-0 halftime lead - and the team finished with its most points since a 76-0 win over Willamette in 1931. But junior quarterback Landry Klann threw for 164 yards, becoming first Colonels player to throw for 2,000 yards since Brad Zeller in 1998. Klann finished with eight touchdown passes this season. Woods scored on runs from the 8 and 1 early. Wheaton added a 10-yard score early in the second for a 24-0 lead. Terron Ward added a 15-yard TD run after Oregon State took out starting quarterback Sean Mannion and put in Cody Vaz, who had missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain. Vaz hit Wheaton with a 2-yard touchdown pass with 1:14 left in the first half to make it 35-0. On the prior play, Wheaton caught his 223rd career pass, surpassing James Rodgers' school record. Wheaton finished the day with 224 career receptions. Oregon State coach Mike Riley used Mannion and Vaz interchangeably. Mannion was Oregon State's starter when the season opened and led the team to its first four wins, but injured his left knee and required surgery. Vaz took over the job, but he hurt his left ankle in the Beavers' loss to Stanford. The Cardinal won the Pac-12 championship on Friday night with a 27-24 victory over UCLA. Mannion, coming off a rough outing the week before with four interceptions in a 48-24 loss to rival Oregon, also started the second half, throwing an early 4-yard touchdown pass to Richard Mullaney and a 22-yard TD pass to Kevin Cummings. The Colonels avoided the shutout with Andrew Dolan's 26-yard field goal with 2:40 left in the third quarter. The Beavers answered with Vaz's 7-yard scoring pass to Obum Gwacham early in the fourth. Vaz added a 20-yard TD to Jordan Jenkins to make it 63-3. Malcolm Agnew ran for an 11-yard touchdown and Michael Balfour ran 4 yards for another score for the final margin. Mannion finished with 231 yards passing and two touchdowns, while Vaz threw for 190 yards and three TDs. The Beavers have seen a complete turnaround from their 3-9 finish last year. Oregon State is possibly headed to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 27, and representatives from that bowl and the Alamo Bowl were in attendance. The team will learn its destination on Sunday.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

No. 16 Oregon St. 77, Nicholls 3

Storm Woods ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter and No. 16 Oregon State put up its highest point total ever, routing Nicholls State 77-3 on Saturday in a game postponed by Hurricane Isaac. The Beavers surpassed their 76-0 win over Willamette in 1931. Oregon State (9-3) started playing its substitutes against the lower-division Colonels in taking a 35-0 halftime lead. Markus...

Oregon State and Nicholls State play their opener

Oregon State finally gets to play its opener. The No. 16 Beavers will host Nicholls State on Saturday. The game was supposed to be played on Sept. 1, but it was postponed when Hurricane Isaac bore down on the Colonels' Thibodeaux, La., campus. Officials for both schools decided it would be best to reschedule the game out of concern for the athletes impacted by the storm. Three...

REPORTS: Oregon State vs. Texas in Alamo Bowl

Official word from the Alamo Bowl isn't expected until later tonight, after the BCS selections. But the last bit of doubt looks to have been removed according to multiple reports, with the Holiday Bowl having made their selection of UCLA.

HOOPS: Beavs lose inside game vs. Kansas

EVERY TIME YOU thought No. 10 Kansas would pull away, the Beavers fought back. In the end, though, Oregon State couldn't stop the Jayhawks in the paint, falling 84-78.

NOTEBOOK: Beavs in action Friday & Saturday

WHILE MOST EVERYONE ELSE has finished their college football season, Oregon State still has one game to go. Nicholls State isn’t expect to seriously challenge Oregon State (in order to cover every base, neither was Sac State in the 2011 opener. If the Beavs move to 9-3, which bowl will they be headed to?

It's official: BEAVS TO ALAMO BOWL vs. TEXAS

NOW IT'S OFFICIAL: OREGON STATE IS headed to the Alamo Bowl and will square off against Texas in San Antonio on Dec. 29.

Beavs move to 9-3 on heels of 77-3 beatdown

IT WASN'T EXPECTED to be competitive, and it was anything but. Oregon State rolled 77-3 over Nicholls State to close out their regular season 9-3. It is the most points ever scored by OSU. Early on, Markus Wheaton became the Beavs' all-time leading receiver, finishing with 12 grabs for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Will it be the Alamo or Holiday for Beavs?

SELECTION SUNDAY IS upon us but as far as clarity goes, that will have to wait a few more hours. It could be San Antonio and the Alamo Bowl for Oregon State. Or it could be San Diego and the Holiday Bowl. Just as unclear, who the Beavers might square off against in either bowl.

Mack, Players Respond to Bowl Invite

Shortly after accepting their invite to play Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl, Texas coach Mack Brown and a few players talked about the upcoming game.
Beavers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.