Beavers QB will be Vaz,

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - The Ore­go­nian

COR­VAL­LIS, ORE. — Ore­gon State foot­ball coach Mike Ri­ley an­nounced late Satur­day that Cody Vaz, the ju­nior quar­ter­back who be­gan 2012 as a backup, will start when the No. 15 Beavers (9-3) play Texas (8-4) in the Alamo Bowl on Satur­day.

“It was ob­vi­ously a tough de­ci­sion, but I guess that’s a good thing,” Ri­ley said.

Vaz com­pleted 94 of 157 passes for 1,286 yards, 11 touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion in six games this sea­son.

Vaz (6-1, 198 pounds) said he was ex­cited to hear the news from of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Danny Langs­dorf but did his best to “play it cool.”

Sopho­more Sean Man­nion, who be­gan the sea­son as the Beavers’ top quar­ter­back, left prac­tice be­fore the me­dia could speak with him. Man­nion com­pleted 200 of 309 passes for 2,446 yards, 15 touch­downs and 13 in­ter­cep­tions in nine games this sea­son.

Vaz said he and Man­nion didn’t talk about the de­ci­sion but was quick to point out, “Like I’ve said be­fore, I sup­port him when he’s in there, and he’s go­ing to sup­port me.”

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