RECAPS: Oregon State at Oregon

Recaps from the media following Oregon State's 38-31 double overtime win against Oregon Dec. 1.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Beavers persevere, knock off Ducks
Didn’t it figure to end this way?

Oregon State, down but not out, battling through adversity to pull out victory?

"That’s why I’m so proud of these guys," coach Mike Riley said after the Beavers’ 38-31 double-overtime victory over Oregon in Saturday’s Civil War game at Autzen Stadium. "Through everything we’ve gone through this season, they never quit. Today was a microcosm of that." ... more from the Portland Tribune.


Sieverson steps up when Beavers need him most
Oregon State senior running back Matt Sieverson could have stopped playing after his team's first offensive possession and he still would have had the best game of his collegiate career.

A 38-yard touchdown run by the Bend native capped a two-play, 67-yard drive that gave the visiting Beavers a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter of Saturday's Civil War at Autzen Stadium ... more from the Mail Tribune.


Beavers are best in region
It was quiet for a time in the Oregon State locker room. Then sound exploded in the form of a predictable chant.

"San-Dee-A-Go! San-Dee-A-Go! San-Dee-A-Go! ... more from the Columbian.


Serna kicks his way into record book
Oregon State's Alexis Serna will be remembered for his point-after touchdown kicks, and after Saturday, not just for ones he famously missed.

Serna broke the Pacific-10 Conference record for successful consecutive PAT kicks Saturday after hitting five against Oregon in the Beavers' 38-31 double overtime win over the Ducks in Autzen Stadium ... more from the Columbian.


Road to Civil War victory
The Oregon State Beavers killed off the Autzen Stadium jinx Saturday evening.

"Before the game, I told my teammates we could be Oregon State legends if we beat the curse," defensive lineman Dorian Smith said. "That's exactly what we did. It took a lot of heart, and it took a lot of emotion." ... more from the Columbian.


Beavs 'reserve' the best for last
This group of woundeds, wanna-bes and backups was supposed to put up numbers in the Civil War rivaling the 1983 Toilet Bowl.

But instead of an ugly scoreless tie, Oregon State beat rival Oregon 38-31 in double overtime at Autzen Stadium, using a second-string quarterback and third-string tailback to beat a team down to its fifth-string QB ... more from the News Review.


Better team wins the Civil War
Eleven years.

Eleven frickin’ years.

That’s how long it’s taken for a road team to win the Civil War. A couple of overtimes only made the end of that drought seem inevitable ... more from the News Review.


Autzen is OSU’s
Someday, the 111th Civil War may be looked back upon as the game that shifted the balance of power in the state.

It was a momentous occasion for the Oregon State football team stepping out from the shadows of its Pacific-10 Conference rival to the south ... more from the Gazette Times | Sideline briefing


Sieverson has a dream day for Beavers
The stage couldn’t have been set any better:

Second-string running back grows up in Oregon, winds up starting in Civil War. Rushes for 142 yards. Scores a touchdown on the second play of the game ... more from the Gazette Times | Report card


Beavers reverse trend
In his first appearance in the Civil War, Oregon State flanker James Rodgers made a play that will endear him to Beaver Nation for decades.

In the second overtime Saturday, Rodgers raced around right end on the fly sweep and scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a 25-yard run ... more from the Statesman Journal.


Fill-in for Bernard scores, rushes for 142 yards
Oregon State tailback Matt Sieverson didn't learn of his starting assignment until about an hour before the Civil War.

"I was kind of on alert," Sieverson said with a smile ... more from the Statesman Journal.


Roper, Sieverson provide heroics to spice up Civil War
You could feel it in the air at Autzen Stadium, hours before Saturday's Civil War football game between Oregon and Oregon State was set to kick off. No buzz. Yes, the tailgaters were lined up for the traditional opening of the lots four hours before game time. Yes, fans had painted faces and were wearing the colors. But it just didn't have the feel of Oregon-USC or Oregon-Arizona State, the back-to-back Pac-10 showdowns that had Autzen in a frenzy earlier this season.

Maybe it was the absence of Dennis Dixon, the Ducks' star quarterback, who is out for the season with a torn ligament in his knee. Or maybe it was the expectation that Yvenson Bernard, the Beavers' star tailback, also seemed likely to miss the game after minor knee surgery. The place seemed too quiet ... more from the Statesman Journal.


OSU wins Civil action
What might have been a dreary, forgettable Civil War game between two injury-riddled teams turned into an exciting two-overtime thriller Saturday at Autzen Stadium in front of a national audience on ESPN2.

It wasn't over until Oregon State's Dorian Smith and Keaton Kristick snuffed Oregon tailback Jonathan Stewart on a fourth-and-one call from the OSU 16 in the second overtime, preserving a 38-31 victory for the Beavers in front of 59,050 fans ... more from The Oregonian.


Rivalry: It's interesting again
They mingled pregame and at halftime and during the game. They exchanged barbs and jokes, as fans are known to do, and, whether they'd admit it or not, each side felt the other's pain as momentum swung back and forth from Oregon to Oregon State, to the Ducks and back to the Beavers again. No lead safe. No play safe.

Until finally, in a cold early evening shower, the two sides parted, Oregon's fans leaving Oregon State's fans alone -- in Autzen Stadium's southwest end zone. Alone to celebrate. To sing. To cheer. For the first time in a long, long time, the visitors got one in the Civil War and you know what? This rivalry needed that to happen. Nothing does a rivalry as wrong as predictability. The Civil War had become predictable ... more from The Oregonian.


Sieverson takes best shot, and it's a hit
He suspected that it might happen, so Matt Sieverson was ready when word came shortly before the Civil War at Autzen Stadium on Saturday: The senior would start at tailback for Oregon State against Oregon.

"All week, I put myself in the mind-set that I'm going to start, that I've got to do everything I can to help us win," Sieverson said. "So if I go, great, and if I don't, then I'll just wait for my shot." ... more from The Oregonian.


It's the Beavers' moment, and they love living in it
Let's get this straight. Oregon State fumbled three times, losing two, and was intercepted once Saturday. And the Beavers missed two field goals, and had another, a potential game-winner, blocked.

Their top running back? ... more from The Oregonian.


Beavers Stop Streak, Beat Ducks in Overtime
Freshman wide receiver James Rodgers ran 25 yards around end for the go-ahead touchdown, and the Oregon State defense stuffed No. 18 Oregon on fourth down to preserve a 38-31 victory in double overtime on Saturday.

The two teams matched field goals in the first extra session before Rodgers broke free on the first play of the second overtime. Oregon (8-4, 5-4 Pac-10) was faced with fourth-and-1 from the 16 when it got its chance to answer, but tailback Jonathan Stewart was stopped for a loss on a run up the middle ... more from | Official box score



| From an Oregon Perspective |


Ducks fall in overtime, 38-31
The Oregon State Beavers became the first visiting team in 10 years to win the Civil War Saturday, with a 38-31 double-overtime victory over the Oregon Ducks in front of 59,050 at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon State appeared to have the game won in regulation, moving the ball into position for an Alexis Serna 35-yard field goal attempt with just more than one minute left in regulation and the game tied 28-28. Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond III came off the edge to block the kick, and the ball was recovered by Jairus Byrd on the Oregon 36 yard line with one minute remaining ... more from the Daily Emerald.


Late-season slump all too familiar to Ducks
The causes may be vastly different, but the results were all too familiar.

The 18th-ranked Oregon Ducks, once ranked No. 2 in the nation and in contention for the national title, ended the 2007 season the same way they did in 2006 — with three straight losses ... more from the Mail Tribune.


Beavers 'fly' to 2-OT victory over Oregon 38-31
James Rodgers' 25-yard touchdown run on the fly sweep on the first play of second overtime gave Oregon State a 38-31 Civil War victory over Oregon on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

The Ducks got the ball after Rodgers' score, but the Beavers stopped Jonathan Stewart up the middle on fourth-and-one from the 16 ... more from the Portland Tribune.


Another good day for Stewart
Jonathan Stewart continues to leave his mark in the Oregon record book.

With a 19-yard run in the first quarter Saturday, the junior running back became the school’s single-season rushing leader ... more from the Gazette Times.


Roper plays well off the bench
Justin Roper didn’t lose the game for Oregon on Saturday.

The redshirt freshman quarterback and his coaches expected that of him, and he was able to deliver for his team ... more from the Gazette Times.


Final-play confusion spikes Ducks’ hopes for victory
The last man standing had it all figured out.

Justin Roper would shuffle a few steps to his left, then slide to the ground. He would settle his teammates, let the clock run just a bit, then spike the football. Next, Roper would hold for Matt Evensen’s last-second field goal ... more from the Register Guard.


Beaver dam nation
There were Ducks running onto the field, and Ducks running off.

It was a confused, bewildered mess. Afterward, they still weren’t exactly sure what had happened, or why ... more from the Register Guard | Game report


Stewart comes up just short
For all the yards he gained for Oregon, on Saturday afternoon and this season, Jonathan Stewart came up inches short, if that, when the Ducks needed just one more yard.

“I was just trying to get the first down,” the Oregon running back said. “I thought I had it, and then I felt the whole Oregon State team on me." ... more from the Register Guard.


Right call, wrong results for UO
It would have been one thing if the Ducks hadn’t seen it coming, but defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti saw it coming.

On Oregon State’s first play of the second overtime, Aliotti saw the Beavers request that the ball be placed on the left hashmark, saw freshman flanker James Rodgers in the boundary and called what he thought was the perfect defensive alignment to stop the Beavers’ fly sweep ... more from the Register Guard.


Ducks honor fallen player before game
Oregon’s senior day festivities before Saturday’s 38-31 loss to Oregon State began with a remembrance for a player who never got the chance to play in Autzen Stadium.

Terrance Kelly, the UO signee who was shot and killed two days before coming to Eugene for his freshman season in 2004, was honored along with what would have been his senior class. His father, Landrin Kelly, walked out of the Autzen tunnel to midfield holding an Oregon jersey with the number 32, which Terrance Kelly had been issued by the Ducks ... more from the Register Guard.


Bellotti takes blame for mishandling late field-goal attempt
With Oregon seemingly in position to have the last say in a back-and-forth Civil War game, confusion led to a head-scratching end to regulation.

It also led to Oregon State's 38-31 double-overtime victory ... more from the Statesman Journal.


Odds and ends from a long day in Eugene
Yes, there are a lot of mistakes that take place during 60 minutes of football, but if you fail to use the clock properly to set up a last-second field goal ... well, it stands out.

Oregon coach Mike Bellotti and his staff blew it when they let the lock run while they set up Matt Evensen for a 41-yard field goal attempt in the final 20 seconds with the game tied 28-28 ... more from the Statesman Journal.


Confused Ducks hurt themselves
Everything was going according to plan Saturday in Oregon's dramatic comeback ending to the 111th Civil War.

The Ducks had come back from a 14-point deficit and were in position for a game-winning field goal. They missed it but were bailed out by a personal foul penalty, adding to the drama. The wind even shifted direction, to their backs. And to make the story complete, their kicker, Matt Evensen, was the same guy who had a potential game-winner blocked in Corvallis last year ... more from The Oregonian.


UO honors slain recruit before game
As tears streamed down Landrin Kelly's cheeks, a small hand reached out to comfort him.

It came from 2-year-old Emaure Russell, who seemed concerned that his grandfather was hurting ... more from The Oregonian.


If not for coaching error...
Don't blame this one on the Oregon offense, which was better than anybody had a right to expect Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

It looked as if the Ducks were going to win the Civil War at the end of regulation. They were tied with Oregon State, 28-28, and were in position for a chip-shot field goal, with a first down on the OSU 21 and 26 seconds left ... more from The Oregonian.

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