Civil War Quick Facts

Numerous facts and short recaps of past Civil Wars between the Oregon State Beavers and University of Oregon Ducks.

Quick Facts about the Longest Running Rivalry on the West Coast
  • The winning team has tallied 44 points or more four of the last seven meetings.
  • The Beavers have not won back to back Civil War's since the 1973 and 1974 seasons.
  • The average margin of victory in the last seven clashes in Eugene stands at 8.1 points per game.
  • Oregon State last victory in Eugene was 15-12 in 1993.  The Ducks are on a four game Civil War winning streak in Autzen.
  • The first Civil war between Oregon and Oregon State was played in 1894.  Oregon State won 16-0.
  • Oregon State defeated the Ducks 44-41 in double overtime in one of the most thrilling Civil War's ever.
  • Oregon holds a 53-43-10 series lead.  The Beavers have a 22-24-3 record in Eugene and a 17-26-5 record in Corvallis.
  • Oregon State and Oregon did not play in 1900, 1901, 1911, 1943, and 1944.
  • The average score of the Civil War is Oregon 14, Oregon State 11.
  • There have been ten ties between Oregon and Oregon State.
  • The most points Oregon has won by is 44 points in 1895 with the score Oregon 44, Oregon State 0.
  • The most points Oregon State has won by is 37 points in 1942 with the score Oregon 2, Oregon State 39.
  • Oregon and Oregon State played each other twice in 1896.  Oregon won both contests 2-0 and 12-8.
  • The longest winning streak by Oregon over Oregon State is eight from 1976 to 1982.
  • The longest winning streak by Oregon State over Oregon is eight from 1964 to1971.
  • Oregon and Oregon State have shut each other out five times.
  • Oregon has shutout Oregon State 28 times, including ties.
  • Oregon State has shutout Oregon 16 times, including ties.
  • The 1982 tie between Oregon and Oregon State is the last in NCAA history because of the Kansas rules.
  • The home team has won the Civil War the last six games.  The average score of those game being the Beavers 28.3, Ducks 28.0.
  • The Civil War is the longest running rivalry on the west coast and the seventh longest running rivalry in the nation.
  • In 1962, both teams were powerful, with Oregon State following Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker to a 7-2 record and Oregon was led by Mel Renfro to a 6-2-1 mark (and its only losses were to Texas and Ohio State). Bob Berry hit Renfro with a bomb for a touchdown that boosted Oregon to a 17-3 lead early, but Baker brought the Beavers back, earning a trip to the Liberty Bowl in the process.
  • In 1964, it was "winner goes to Pasadena, loser stays home," even though the teams didn't know it. Oregon prevailed, 7-6, by blocking an extra point. But the Ducks had to wait an extra week to see what USC would do against Notre Dame before the Rose Bowl committee would vote on which of the co-champions to invite. Yet, Oregon received the invitation, even though USC beat the Irish.
  • The 1957 game was memorable for a couple of reasons, not the least of which was that Oregon lost the game ... but still got to go to the Rose Bowl, because the Beavers had been there the previous year and the conference had a "no-repeat" rule at the time. But the game, the game: Oregon State won, 10-7, when Nub Beamer recovered Oregon receiver Jim Shanley's fumble at the goal line, turning the Ducks away. Thing is, Oregon coach Len Casanova points out that Shanley crossed the plane of the goal line -- a touchdown today -- but lost possession before the play was over. Fumble.
  • The series spent the better part of three decades as significant only within the state, as the programs struggled. It hit bedrock when the teams tied in 1983... 0-0, leaving the teams with a combined six wins for the season.


Recaps of Recent Civil Wars

2002: Oregon State 45, Oregon 24
On a crisp winter Saturday Steven Jackson ran for 153 yards and scored three touchdowns while quarterback Derek Anderson threw for 370 yards and four scores to pace a 45-24 win in Corvallis.  Oregon rebounded from a 17-3 deficit to tie the score at 17-17 with 3:14 remaining in the first half.  But the Beavers responded with 21 straight points to regain momentum heading into the final quarter.  The Ducks had trouble with the ball turning it over four times.  AP Recap.

2001: Oregon 17, Oregon State 14
    In monsoon like conditions the No. 4 Ducks barely escaped the Beavers. Keenan Howry returned a punt 70 yards for a controversial touchdown that would be the difference in the game. The Oregon defense held Ken Simonton to 84 yards, ending Simonton's bid for four consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. Oregon State had a chance to tie the game with a field goal late in the fourth quarter after a Joey Harrington fumble, but Rashad Bauhman picked off a Jonathan Smith pass after James Newson slipped to seal the game. AP Recap.

2000:  Oregon State 23, Oregon 13
    In the most hyped Civil War ever Joey Harrington threw 5 interceptions while Jonathan Smith threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns as the Beavers dominated the Ducks in Corvallis.  Robert Prescott chewed the Duck secondary for 109 yards on 6 catches for 2 touchdowns while Ken Simonton ran for 113 yards. AP Recap.

1999: Oregon 25, Oregon State 14
    Oregon scored the game's first 22 points and then held on to the lead despite a late charge by Ken Simonton and the Beavers, who pulled with in eight points with just over 10 minutes remaining. Rueben Droughns ran for 197 yards and a touchdown, while kicker Nathan Villegas nailed four field goals in the victory. Both teams earned bowl invitations. AP Recap.

1998: Oregon State 44, Oregon 41, 2 OT
    One of the great games in the series, finally ended when Ken Simonton dashed 16 yards for the winning touchdown in double overtime, as the Beavers stunned the16th-ranked Ducks. The Beavers snapped a four-game losing streak in the Civil War, and dumped Oregon from an apparent Sun Bowl down to the Oahu Bowl. Simonton rushed for 157 yards and scored two of his four touchdowns after regulation for Oregon State (5-6, 2-6 Pac-10), which notched its first five-win season since 1971. AP Recap.

1997: Oregon 48, Oregon State 30
    Pat Johnson scored four touchdowns and caught six passes for 199 yards and Saladin McCullough rushed for 156 yards as the Ducks rolled to a 21-3 first-quarter lead and were never threatened. The Ducks were just 5-5 entering the game and needed the triumph to qualify for a bowl game. They parlayed that into an at-large invitation to the Las Vegas Bowl, where they drilled Air Force to finish with a 7-5 record.

1996: Oregon 49, Oregon State 13
Saladin McCullough ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns and Tony Graziani passed for three scores as Oregon continued its dominance in the series.

1994: Oregon 17, Oregon State 13
In 1994, Oregon was amid one of the great Cinderella seasons ever -- bouncing back from a 1-2 start and of course needed to beat Oregon State to get to the Rose Bowl. They needed one more huge break and got one: A terrible spot when OSU quarterback Don Shanklin's fourth-and-1 sneak in Oregon territory was ruled short of a first down when the Beavers led, 13-10. From there, Danny O'Neal drove the Ducks the length of the field and with three minutes to go hit Dino Philyaw for the game-winning touchdown pass from 19 yards out.


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