Defense leads No. 8 Oregon State past Utah 21-7

Defense leads No. 8 Oregon State past Utah 21-7
October 21, 2012, 1:58 am

Oregon State running back Storm Woods dives in just over the goal line for a touchdown during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Utah in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State's defense helped out when quarterback Cody Vaz struggled in the rain, and the No. 8 Beavers remained undefeated with a 21-7 victory over Utah on Saturday night that gave them their best start in more than a century.

Vaz made his debut last weekend as Oregon State's starter and threw for three touchdowns against BYU to earn Pac-12 player of the week honors. This time, he passed for 174 yards against the Utes. But the Beavers' defense had an interception and a fumble recovery that led to two first-half touchdown runs by Storm Woods.

Woods had 17 carries for 46 yards and all three touchdowns for Oregon State (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12), which hadn't opened a season 6-0 since 1907, when the school was the Oregon Agricultural College.