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Expect air between Washington St and Oregon St

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 1:46 p.m. MDT

Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday (12) scrambles with the ball as Oregon's Boseko Lokombo (25) pursues in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Seattle. Oregon beat Washington State 51-26.

Ted S. Warren, Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Saturday's game between Washington State and Oregon State could look a lot like the old pass-happy Pac-10.

On one side there are the Cougars with new coach Mike Leach's trademark Air Raid attack. On the other are the No. 14 Beavers with sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion, who is throwing with confidence after a trying debut last season.

Mannion was named the Pac-12 player of the week after passing for a career-high 433 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Connor Hamlett with 1:17 left, in Oregon State's 38-35 victory at Arizona last weekend.

The week before Mannion threw for 379 yards — his previous career high — against UCLA.

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