NOTEBOOK: Oregon State at Oregon

Series history...the last time the Beavers and Ducks met... the last time each team played...what's at stake and more inside.

Head coach: Mike Bellotti (13th season)
(Career: 105-51 | At UO: 105-51)
Current ranking: No. 18 in AP, No. 20 in coaches
Current record: 8-3, 5-3
Streak: One game losing streak
Head coach: Mike Riley (7th season)
(Career: 45-38 | At OSU: 45-38)
Current ranking: NR, but receiving votes
Current record: 7-4, 5-3
Streak: Two game winning streak

 

Last time Oregon State and Oregon met...
Nov. 24, 2006 in Corvallis - Oregon State 30, Oregon 28
Oregon and Oregon State closed out the Conference season at Corvallis and played a thriller in a driving rain. OSU PK Alexis Serna kicked a 40-yard field goal with 1:12 left and then the Beavers blocked Oregon's potential game-winning kick less than a minute later and Oregon State hung on for a 30-28 win as the home team won the Civil War for the 10th consecutive year.

In addition to his game-winner, Serna also connected from 49 and 50 yards. For Oregon, Brady Leaf made his first career start and passed for 274 yards and a TD and TB Jonathan Stewart rushed for 94 yards and three TDs. ... more from BF.com

 

Last time Oregon State played in Eugene
Nov. 22, 2003 - Oregon 34, Oregon State 20
Oregon and Oregon State met at chilly Eugene and for the seventh year in a row the home team won, the Ducks prevailing 34-20.

UO QB Kellen Clemens passed for three TDs and ran for another to lead the Ducks. The total yardage was close (UO 343, OSU 327), but the teams got there in different ways. Oregon rushed for 218 yards, with just 125 through the air.

For OSU, it was 303 via the pass (OSU QB Derek Anderson passed for 271), but only 24 yards rushing, a total partly explained by six Oregon sacks for minus-41 yards ... more from BF.com.

 

Last time UO played...
Nov. 24, 2007 in Pasadena - UCLA 16, Oregon 0
Down to a pair of redshirt freshmen to play quarterback, the once-mighty Oregon Ducks had absolutely no chance against UCLA.

And with that, their hopes of returning to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day came to an end.

Freshman Kai Forbath kicked three field goals, including a career-long 54-yarder, and the Bruins took advantage of No. 9 Oregon's plight to hand the Ducks a 16-0 setback - their first shutout loss in more than 22 years ... more from GoDucks.com.

 

Last time Oregon State played....
Nov. 17, 2006 in Pullman - Oregon State 52, Washington State 17
Yvenson Bernard ran for two touchdowns and Oregon State forced eight turnovers, including seven interceptions, in a 52-17 rout of Washington State.

Lyle Moevao, James Rodgers, Clinton Polk and Matthew Sieverson also ran for scores as the Beavers (7-4, 5-3 Pac-10) assured themselves of a bowl game.

The Beavers came into the game with the best run defense in the nation at 62.1 yards per game. Washington State (4-7, 2-6) tried to let quarterback Alex Brink carry the offense, but he was intercepted six times, five in the first half. Backup Gary Rogers also threw an interception ... more from BF.com

 

Series history (UO leads 55-45-10, 25-23-3 in Eugene, 12-6-1 at Autzen).
The Civil War is the longest running rivalry on the west coast and the seventh longest in the nation.  The teams have met 110 times dating to 1894 with the Ducks leading the series 55-45-10. The home teams have held serve recently, trading home victories for the last 10 years. The last time a visiting team won in the series was a Duck victory at Corvallis in 1996 (49-13).

Oregon has won six straight at Eugene with the last OSU victory at Autzen Stadium coming in 1993 (15-12).  Last season's 30-28 win by the Beavers was the closest Civil War since 1995 -- prior to last season the average margin in the series was 26.5 points over four games.

Longest running rivalries

 

Oregon connections.
Beaver offensive lineman Josh Linehan is the older brother of Duck defensive lineman Cole Linehan. Oregon defensive back Caleb Tommasini spent two seasons at Oregon State (2004-05), but never appeared in the Civil War.

Oregon secondary coach John Neal coached the Oregon State secondary from 1987-89.  Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti was the running backs coach at Oregon State from 1980-83. Oregon defensive line coach Michael Gray returned to his alma mater after tutoring the defensive line in Corvallis from 1997-02.

 

What's at stake...better bowl game, bragging rights, Platypus Trophy.
The 111th edition of the Civil War, presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers, this Saturday has major bowl implications for both teams. A win would ensure Oregon State will finish in the top half of the conference standings for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

The winner of the game could share the Pac-10 title if UCLA and Arizona win this weekend and could potentially play in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. The Beavers have never played in the Holiday Bowl or the Emerald Bowl, also a possibility.

Also, for the first time since 1961 the winner will walk away with the Platypus Trophy.  For more information read - Playtypus trophy just doesn't get much respect and/or Trophy fits the bill.

Specifically for Oregon State: A win Saturday at Oregon would signify a couple of big milestones for the Oregon State football program. One accomplishment would be -- the program has won a road game against a top-25 team each of the last three seasons (2005 at No. 18 Cal, 2006 at No. 24 Hawai'i and 2007 at No. 2 Cal), but has never won two true road games against nationally ranked opponents.

 

Success on the road and in November.
Oregon State has been successful of late on the road in Pac-10 action posting a 10-6 record since the start of 2004. Only USC (13-3) has more away game victories in that same span -- one of its losses was at OSU last season, snapping the Trojans' 27-game conference win streak.

Oregon State has put together another 2006-like stretch drive. The Beavers are a Pac-10 best 13-3 combined in the months of October, November and December over the last two seasons.

 

Northwest title.
Oregon State hopes to earn its first mythical Pacific Northwest title since the 2004 season, but will have to win their second road game against a northwest rival this week at Oregon.

The Beavers defeated Washington at home Nov. 10 and Washington State Nov. 17 on the road.


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