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November 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

First look: Oregon State Beavers

Oregon State's Sean Mannion. (Photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times)

Oregon State’s Sean Mannion. (Photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times)

First glance: Oregon State Beavers

Game time: 7:30 p.m., Reser Stadium, Corvallis

TV: ESPN2

Coach: Mike Riley (87-71, 13th season at OSU)

Record: 6-4, 4-3 Pac-12.

Last game: Sean Mannion, OSU’s junior quarterback, threw four interceptions as the Beavers lost 30-17 at Arizona State. It was OSU’s third consecutive loss.

The series: UW leads 59-34-4

The early line: Beavers by 3.5 points.

By the numbers

10: Years since Washington’s last victory in Corvallis. The Huskies lost at Reser Stadium in 2007 (29-23), 2009 (48-21) and 2011 (38-21).

3,860: Passing yards for Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, who leads the nation.

100: Catches this season by Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, who leads the nation.

Key players: Mannion has 33 touchdowns passes, most in the nation, plus 10 interceptions this season. He’s completing 67.8 percent of his passes overall, and 100 of his 327 completions have gone to Cooks, who leads the FBS with 1,443 receiving yards and is second with 14 touchdown catches. … Sophomore receiver Richard Mullaney ranks ninth in the Pac-12 with 70.2 receiving yards per game, and tight end Connor Hamlett, a Meadowdale High graduate, has five touchdown receptions. … Tacoma native Scott Crichton ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 14 tackles for loss this season, and he’s third all-time at OSU with 21.5 career sacks. … Safety Tyrequek Zimmerman has a team-high 76 tackles.

OSU’s key to success: There are no secrets with Oregon State’s offense: The Beavers are going to throw, throw, throw … and then throw more. And why not with a combo as potent as Mannion and Cooks have been? After a stunning loss to lower-division Eastern Washington (at home) to start the season, the OSU defense has improved drastically; its 24 forced turnovers this season is tied for second in the conference.

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