Both had monster games as Oregon State won its sixth-straight by smashing Cal, 49-17.
Mannion went 35 of 45 for 481 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, while Cooks caught 13 passes for 232 yards and a score.
Mannion’s total through seven games: 2,992 yards, 29 touchdowns and three interceptions. He is averaging a nation-leading 429 passing yards per game, nearly 50 yards ahead of second-place Derek Carr of Fresno State. He is on pace to have 5,124 yards and 50 touchdown passes by the end of the regular season. If he keeps on schedule with this production, a trip to New York City as a Heisman finalist seems to be a given.
As for Cooks, he now has 76 catches for 1,176 yards and 12 scores. His nation-leading stat of 168 receiving yards per game is 22 yards ahead of Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. On this current pace, he’ll end up with 130 catches for 2,016 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Biletnikoff Award seems like a lock at this point.
How good are Mannion and Cooks, really? We’ll find out this week when the Beavers host Stanford.