- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State coach Mike Riley blamed the Beavers’ shortcomings against Cal Saturday night on a lack of consistency.

Daniel Lasco rushed for a career-high 188 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 14, 21 and 15 yards, pacing a balanced attack that carried the Bears to a 44-31 Pacific-12 Conference victory over the Beavers.

Jared Goff threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chris Harper for the go-ahead score with 8:42 remaining, but the difference in the game was a Cal running attack that finished with a season-high 269 yards on 47 carries.

Vic Enwere added six carries for 37 yards and a touchdown to help the Bears (5-4, 4-3 Pac-12) snap a three-game losing streak and move within a game of becoming bowl eligible.

“With a team like Cal, it’s never in hand, as we found out,” Riley said. “We did a lot of good things in all the different phases of the game, but we just had too many lapses.

“Tonight, it wasn’t because of long situations. Tonight, we just didn’t execute. We dropped balls, ran the wrong routes, we messed it up early like that, in particular in the first half and that is why we were so sporadic.”

Cal’s comeback spoiled a record-setting performance for Sean Mannion, who completed 30 of 45 passes for 320 yards and became the Pac-12’s all-time passing leader.

Mannion, who entered the game needing 194 yards to break former USC quarterback Matt Barkley’s record of 12,327 yard, completed passes to seven different receivers as Oregon State (4-4, 1-4) suffered their third consecutive loss.

“It’s a big day for Sean and for Oregon State,” Riley said. “The history of the conference is awesome and for Sean to have that record is an unbelievable accomplishment.”

The Bears came into game ranked fourth in the nation in passing yards, averaging 371.5 yards a game, but kept Oregon State off balance with a running game that had topped 200 yards only one other time this season, going for 255 against Sacramento State.

Lasco was the catalyst, rushing for 127 yards and two touchdowns before the end of the second quarter, pacing the Bears to a 2010 halftime lead.

“Once they tried to stop Jared, we just had to ground and pound, and that’s what we did,” said Lasco, whose three touchdowns were the most by a Cal back since Shane Vereen had three against Stanford in 2009.

Trailing 27-10 in the third quarter, Mannion guided Oregon State on three consecutive touchdown drives, taking a 31-27 lead on Terron Ward’s 16-yard run with 12:02 to play.

After Harper’s touchdown catch, Oregon State’s final comeback bid ended when Caleb Coleman intercepted a Mannion pass at the Beavers’ 29 with 7:48 to play, setting up a 47-yard James Langford field goal.

“We’d scored just about every time we had the ball for a bit and then two drives in a row we stalled out,” Riley said. “And that wasn’t the kind of game that you could go with the ebbs and flows like that. You needed to be more consistent, and Cal was more consistent than we were.”

Goff completed 24 of 47 passes for 277 yards and was sacked twice.

“We did lose momentum and the crowd got involved. I was proud of our guys for just keeping their wits about them and continuing to play hard,” Dykes said. “I think the key, honestly, was that we got a little bit of a pass rush down the stretch.

“It’s obviously a big win for us,” Dykes added. “Wins are hard to come by in Corvallis.”

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