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Beavers go with Plan B against BYU

UNDATED (AP) - Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is out indefinitely after injuring his left knee during the No. 10 Beavers' victory over Washington State on Saturday.

     Coach Mike Riley says an MRI has indicated the sophomore quarterback will require surgery.

     Backup Cody Vaz will start for the undefeated Beavers when they play a nonconference game against BYU this weekend.

     Meanwhile, BYU freshman quarterback Taysom Hill will have surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season with a lateral collateral injury suffered on his final carry in Friday night's 6-3 win over Utah State.

     BYU senior Riley Nelson says he is ready, pain-free and will start against the Beavers after missing two games with what he said were "back fractures."


     In other college doings:

     - Georgia Tech has fired defensive coordinator Al Groh after a 47-31 loss to Clemson that followed a loss to Middle Tennessee in which the Yellow Jackets gave up 49 points. Secondary coach Charles Kelly will take over as the interim coordinator and Johnson is shaking up the rest of his defensive staff as well.

     - Arkansas coach John L. Smith appears to have structured the bulk of his $850,000 salary to be paid after the likely end of his bankruptcy proceedings. Smith, who was hired to a 10-month contract in April, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in early September.

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