Markus Wheaton caught nine passes for 150 yards and a touchdown in Oregon State’s upset win. (Getty Images)
Snap Judgments from the Week 4 afternoon slate. For more coverage, check out our early Snaps, late Snaps and complete Top 25 review. Also check out our coverage of Florida State-Clemson, Kansas State-Oklahoma and Notre Dame-Michigan.
• Oregon State 27, UCLA 20: Through three weeks, UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin led the nation in rushing thanks to the generosity of Rice, Nebraska and Houston, rolling up 541 yards and three touchdowns. Today against Oregon State, he recorded 45 yards on 12 carries. UCLA would finish with just 71 net yards rushing, though quarterback Brett Hundley seemed perfectly happy to just produce all of the Bruins’ offense by himself. Hundley completed 27-of-42 pass attempts for 386 yards and a touchdown. A gaudy total, but nobody’s handing out points for high passing numbers. (Somewhere tonight, Les Miles is startled to hear this.)
On the opposite sideline, how many lay people outside the Pac-12 could even name Oregon State’s starting quarterback heading into this season? Sean Mannion had a memorable star turn on a career night, with 379 yards through the air and two touchdown passes. You want gaudy? Behold the stat lines of his most favored targets: Brandin Cooks, with six catches for 173 yards, and Markus Wheaton, with nine catches for 150 yards.
Spinning this forward: What on earth are we to make of the Beavers, who’ve now beaten their second ranked opponent in as many tries after going 3-9 overall a year ago? Oregon State could make it three in a row if next week’s foe, current No. 22 Arizona, is still ranked after tonight’s meeting with No. 3 Oregon. Either way, that game certainly looks more interesting than it did a month ago. [RECAP | BOX]