With the score between Oregon State and Hawaii knotted at halftime, the Beavers’ locker room was tense.
Oregon State had already lost its opener, a stunner against lower-division Eastern Washington. Losing again at home was not an option.
“Everyone was yelling at halftime,” said defensive end Scott Crichton, who said that even mild-mannered coach Mike Riley joined in.
Whatever was said behind closed doors Saturday fired up the Beavers, who kept Hawaii scoreless the rest of the way for a 33-14 victory.
Sean Mannion threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns and Oregon State (1-1) rebounded from their disastrous 49-46 season opening loss the Eagles.
The Rainbow Warriors had evened it at 14 in the second quarter before Oregon State went ahead in the second half on Mannion’s two 8-yard TD passes to Brandin Cooks. Hawaii was coming off a 30-13 loss to USC in its opener.
Cooks finished with seven catches for 92 yards and two scores for the Beavers, who collected 508 yards of total offense while Hawaii (0-2) had just 239.
“Really everyone was like, ‘We’re better than what we’re showing,’” Mannion said about the airing out at halftime. “And I think they were 100 percent correct.”
The Rainbow Warriors were hurt on the ensuing kickoff when senior linebacker Brenden Daley was injured in a collision and was taken from the field by ambulance. Daley was taken to the hospital with a concussion.
In the opener against USC, Daley led Hawaii with 10 tackles, including four for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.
The Beavers went up 14-0 after Mannion found Richard Mullaney with a 19-yeard touchdown pass early in the second quarter.
But Oregon State was not without some of the mistakes that cost them the week before against the Eagles.
Hawaii was energized by the turnover and tied it with Taylor Graham’s 14-yard scoring pass to Clark Evans with 4:30 to go before halftime.
“You know, we felt fortunate at halftime to be at 14-14,” Hawaii coach Norm Chow said. “I thought we had a shot, but we didn’t get the ball much because of the way they pounded it at us.”