What they're saying...

What the media, coaches, and players are saying about the Ducks 34-20 victory over Oregon State in the 107th Civil War.

Ducks let their play do the boasting
In a crowded interview room that oozed luxury from every gold-plated nook and high-tech cranny, Keith Lewis said everything without saying anything.

Oregon's flamboyant senior free safety navigated a post-Civil War media horde wearing a burnt-orange T-shirt that read "Oregon State Beavers."

Not just any orange shirt, mind you, but a ruffled model that was intended to look as if it had lost a fraternity flag football game or two...Jeff Welsch, Gazette Times


Down for the count
Once again, the ground-pounders did the grunt work to win the Civil War.

A heretofore undistinguished Oregon running game pounded Oregon State into submission inside and flanked the Beavers repeatedly in a convincing 34-20 triumph on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

A sellout crowd of 58,102 roared their approval all game long as Oregon (8-4, 5-3) steamrolled the Pacific-10's second-stingiest rushing defense for a season-high 218 yards on the ground and held OSU to a net 24 on 26 carries...Brooks Hatch, Gazette Times


Ducks take advantage of OSU penalties
Oregon learned a very valuable lesson in the Civil War just one year ago.

It learned the game is won between the hash marks, not with the mouth.

The Ducks (8-4, 5-3 Pac-10) were penalized 13 times for 105 yards in that 45-24 loss in Corvallis, but in the 107th edition of the Civil War, Oregon was flagged two times for 30 yards...Don Smalley, Gazette Times


Ducks set ground rules
The best offense wore yellow. The best defense wore yellow.

Which means that Saturday, the best team in the 107th Civil War wore yellow -- blinding yellow. The glow seemed more natural, though.

Oregon put the finishing touches on a remarkable regular season turnaround by beating Oregon State 34-20 in front of 58,102 at Autzen Stadium...Ryan White, Oregonian


Ducks take on top Pac-10 defense, public opinion
Nick Steitz knew public opinion was wrong. On Saturday, Steitz and the Oregon offensive line proved it.

Dogged by criticism that the Ducks couldn't run the football because the offensive line couldn't do the job, the team's behemoths outmatched the best defense in the Pacific-10 Conference on the way to Oregon's 34-20 victory over Oregon State at Autzen Stadium.

The result: Oregon rushed for 218 yards, converted on eight of 16 third-down chances and put to rest a week of woofing that Oregon State's defense would cut the Ducks' run down cold...Abby Haight, Oregonian


This Duck deserves a hug of confidence
Canzano: Ludwig appeared to be UO's fall guy EUGENE A whistle blew. The Civil War ended. And Oregon students rushed onto the Autzen Stadium field and hugged each other.

They hugged because they were happy.

They hugged because they were winners...John Canzano, Oregonian


Missing ground game, missed chance hurt OSU
The Ducks were ready to play, and the Beavers did almost everything wrong when it counted the most. What else is there to say about Saturday's numbing 34-20 loss at Autzen Stadium?

When the 107th Civil War was over and Oregon players began celebrating, OSU was left with injuries, excuses, and probably no prayer of knocking off USC in the final game of the season unless the Trojans fall asleep.

"We've got to try and shock the world," OSU strong safety Lawrence Turner said...Paul Bunker, Oregonian


Oregon 34, Oregon State 20
Keith Lewis not only broke his silence, he made a fashion statement, too.

Silent in the week leading up to the 107th Civil War, Oregon's free safety sported an Oregon State T-shirt after the Ducks downed the Beavers 34-20 Saturday.

"I figure since their apparel is now so cheap, and I got this off the clearance rack, I'd wear it," he said...Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press


Ducks, Clemens ground Beavers 34-20
Kellen Clemens threw for three touchdown passes, but his ability to run the ball was every bit as important to the Oregon Ducks Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon's sophomore quarterback hit paydirt via the air when it counted, but his ability to avoid the rush was also a crucial weapon in the Ducks' 34-20 Civil War victory.

"He was definitely a factor," OSU coach Mike Riley said. "I don't think they did anything particularly great with the passing game."..Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune


'Dazzling Ducks' again
Rich, cool and 8-4.

Not to mock the "Dazzling Ducks" Sports Illustrated cover of Sept. 29, but if you had told the University of Oregon football team and its fans that it would lose half of its games after that historic win over Michigan on Sept. 20, they wouldn't have liked that much.

Or believed it...Mark Baker, Register Guard


UO grabs place in the sun
Everywhere, there were answers for Oregon.

To balance Oregon State tailback Steven Jackson, the Ducks had a pair in Terrence Whitehead and Kenny Washington. To stem that OSU offense that leads the Pac-10 in total yards, Oregon had a defense that held it off, with six quarterback sacks and two interceptions by Steven Moore and a couple of stalwart stands with backs to the goal...Bob Clark, Register Guard


Victory personifies how far these Ducks have come
The story isn't just where Oregon is today, 8-4 overall, tied for third in the Pac-10 Conference, glorious victors over Oregon State in Saturday's Civil War, 34-20, and almost certainly bound for a bowl of some stature, the Sun Bowl.
No, no, no.

The story is where Oregon has been, because where the Ducks are now is remarkable, even special, only in the context of where they were...Ron Bellamy, Register Guard


Defense confounds OSU
The Oregon defense wanted to contain OSU tailback Steven Jackson and confuse Beavers quarterback Derek Anderson in Saturday's Civil War.

The Ducks were able to do both in their 34-20 win over the Beavers, in part because their defensive line balanced shutting down Jackson with pressuring Anderson, allowing the linebackers and secondary to play farther off the line of scrimmage.

"We were going to try to not give up big plays, and with our line, we were able to do that most of the time," UO defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. "When you can bring four-man pressure and drop seven, that's the best of both worlds."...Rob Moseley, Register Guard


Beavers penalized for mistakes
It was tough to take, the Beavers admitted, but they knew exactly how and why Oregon had done a 34-20 Civil War number on them Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

Penalties. Inability to run the football. Field goals instead of touchdowns. Special teams.

Oregon State, the Pac-10's nasty guys, were flagged nine times for 86 yards, under their average of 115 yards but way more than the two for 30 yards pinned on the Ducks...Bob Rodman, Register Guard


Ducks scramble the game plan on offense
Mike Bellotti said that Kellen Clemens "really came of age today."

The Oregon football coach added that his quarterback "became the captain of the ship."

Offensive lineman Nick Steitz had a different title for Clemens after Oregon's 34-20 win over Oregon State on Saturday at Autzen Stadium...Steve Mims, Register Guard


Ducks soar to win
Unaware that coach Mike Bellotti had entered the postgame interview room, Oregon quarterback Kellen Clemens said he looked forward to having the next “three or four weeks off.”

After all, Clemens and his teammates earned a break after Saturday’s 34-20 victory in the 107th Civil War at Autzen Stadium.

Bellotti joked that the layoff wouldn’t last that long...Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal


Penalties costly for Beavs
Oregon State has a reputation for being one of the most penalized teams in college football.

The Beavers were flagged for 86 yards on nine infractions in Saturday’s Civil War loss.

And the frustration is flowing...James Day, Statesman Journal


Freshman from Dayton is key
Fullback Dante Rosario made the most of his first Civil War appearance.

A 15-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Kellen Clemens gave the Oregon a 28-13 lead with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter.

Not bad for a true freshman from Dayton High School...Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal

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