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OSU fans caught up in Vaz mania after win

TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

Moments after Cody Vaz’s first drive as starting quarterback for Oregon State, the Internet was humming.

“VAZzle-Dazzle,” “VAZ-tacular” and “VAZ-matazz” were among the nicknames that were bandied about. “Cody Vaz” was trending on Twitter.

Vaz, making his first start since high school, threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns in No. 8 Oregon State’s 42-24 victory over BYU on Saturday. He completed 20 of 32 passes.

The 6-foot-1 junior, who took over for injured quarterback Sean Mannion, was named a Pac-12 player of the week on Monday.

In addition to a cool 59-yard completion to Brandin Cooks, and another steady 29-yarder to tight end Connor Hamlett, Vaz made a block on a BYU defensive lineman that paved the way for Markus Wheaton to score on a 12-yard fourth-quarter reverse that bumped Oregon State’s lead to 11 points.

Now there’s talk of “Beavers BelieVAZ” T-shirts.

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