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POSTED October 21, 2013 12:14 a.m.

BERKELEY  (AP) — As good as Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion and wide receiver Brandin Cooks are going right now, they hardly needed the help afforded by California’s porous defense.

Mannion, the nation’s leading passer, threw for 481 yards and four touchdowns, and Cooks caught 13 passes for a career-high 232 yards as the Beavers rolled to a 49-17 win against Cal on Saturday.

The duo dominated the first half, combining for 197 yards and helping open a 28-3 lead that proved the Beavers (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) were not overlooking a Golden Bears squad that came in ranked 121st out of 123 FBS teams in total defense.

To Cooks, that tight focus stems directly from Oregon State’s shocking loss to open the season against FCS opponent Eastern Washington. The Beavers have won six straight since then, the last three by a combined score of 145-58.

“This team, we know we can’t take anyone lightly, after what happened in week 1,” Cooks said. “This is college football. You don’t have the right to take anyone lightly. . . . We still have that chip on our shoulder. We understand that we could be 7-0 right now. That’s going to definitely be a motivating factor, to keep proving people wrong. Because a lot of people doubt us.”

Certainly not the Golden Bears (1-6, 0-4), who were outgained by the Beavers 570 yards to 366 and gave up big plays of 50, 38 and 34 yards to Cooks - the last one going for a touchdown late in the second quarter.

Cal lost its 11th consecutive game to an FBS opponent, the longest such streak of any team in a BCS conference.

Fresno State 38, UNLV 14

FRESNO (AP) — On a night Fresno State celebrated its football history, quarterback Derek Carr etched his place in it.

Carr threw for 412 yards and connected with Davante Adams on four touchdown passes on a record-setting homecoming night as No. 17 Fresno State beat UNLV 38-14 on Saturday for its best start in 12 seasons.

Carr and Adams set the tone against the Rebels (4-3, 2-1 Mountain West) with a 75-yard touchdown on the opening play of the game to the delight of a crowd that included a few hundred former players on hand for a pregame celebration. The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0) equaled their start in 2001 when Carr’s older brother, David, led the team to six straight victories to open the season.

“When the best quarterback to ever play here is your big brother and you can have both your names in a book someday that says you have records together, it means a tremendous deal to me,” Carr said. “Not only is he my big brother and the best quarterback to ever play here, he’s my role model. I want to be just like him.”

That streak ended 12 years to the day before this game in an upset loss to Boise State. Carr and Adams made sure there would be no similar disappointment this year and have the Bulldogs in their best position since then to get that long-awaited BCS berth. The first BCS standings will be released Sunday.

Sacramento 31, North Dakota 7

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Garrett Safron passed for one touchdown and rushed for two more as Sacramento State pounded North Dakota 31-7 in Big Sky conference play on Saturday.

Safron was 19-of-24 for 202 yards. Fullback Brandon Kellermann rushed for 119 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown to help the Hornets (4-4, 3-1) amass 378 yards in total offense and give them a 17-0 halftime lead.

The Sacramento State defense held UND (2-5, 1-3) to a total of 49 rushing yards, forced a fumble, and intercepted North Dakota QB Joe Molberg three times. Molberg was 18-of-39 for 167 yards.

The Hornets move to 3rd place in the Big Sky while UND drops to 10th after losing 5 of its last 6 contests.

UC-Davis 24,  N. Colorado, 34-18

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Randy Wright’s four touchdown passes staked UC-Davis to a 31-0 lead and sparked a 34-18 Big Sky Conference win over Northern Colorado Saturday.

Wright drove the Aggies 74 yards in six plays with the opening kickoff, firing 28 yards to Taylor Sloat for the touchdown. He then engineered a 74-yard drive in 12 plays and made it 14-0 with a second scoring pass to Sloat, this one from 16-yards out. Wright added a 20-yard strike to Corey Galindo in the first half and a 13 yard-score to T.J. King in the third. Wright finished 27-of-37 for 310 yards.

UC-Davis (3-5) moves to 3-1 in the Big Sky Conference.

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