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October 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM

OSU turns back to Vaz at QB . . .

Oregon State coach Mike Riley announced early Monday afternoon that the Beavers will go back to junior Cody Vaz to start Saturday’s home game with Arizona State.

Which, you could certainly argue, is tantamount to conceding that he made the wrong call when he picked Sean Mannion to start the Washington game Saturday night.

Mannion threw four interceptions before he was replaced by Vaz in the fourth quarter of what turned out to be a 20-17 Washington victory.

Mannion injured a knee Oct. 6 against Washington State. He had surgery early the next week, and in his place, Vaz led the Beavers to wins against BYU and Utah. Then Riley named Mannion to start against the Huskies.

Explaining the decision to go with Vaz this week, Riley said Monday, he made it for “the integrity of competition,” according to the Oregonian. “You try to make the decision that’s best for the team right this minute. It’s pretty obvious we think Cody’s playing a little bit better right now and deserves to start.”

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