NOTES: 'Oh, what a game!'

Oregon State breaks the Civil War home winning streak...Alexis Serna breaks a Pac-10 record, closes in on another...Matt Sieverson, Derrick Doggett have career days...key quotes and more.

Pregame Notes:

  • Oregon won the toss and deferred to the second half.

  • The announced attendance was 59,050.

  • Weather: 43 degrees, Wind: S SW 17 mph, cloudy


Series Notes:

  • Oregon still leads 55-46-10, 25-24-3 in Eugene

  • For the first time in 10 years, the road team won. The victory snapped a six game winning streak by the Ducks in Autzen dating back to 1993.

  • The last two Civil Wars have been decided by a total of five points. Prior to the last two Civil Wars, the average margin of victory in the series was 26.5 points over four games.

  • Oregon State increased its overtime record to 2-3. The last overtime game they appeared in was a 22-21 loss to LSU in 2004.


Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 459 total yards, the third highest offensive output this season, 214 on the ground and 245 through the air while averaging 4.9 yards per rush and 12.2 yards per completion.

  • The offense picked up 23 first downs, 9 via the run and 12 via the pass while converting 6 of 16 on third downs and converting 2 of 4 redzone opportunities.

  • The offensive line did a fantastic job not yielding one sack.

  • QB Lyle Moevao picked up his third win in three tries despite fumbling twice and throwing one interception. One of his fumbles was scooped up for a 33-yard touchdown.

    Moevao managed the game well though completing 20 of 37 passes for 245 yards while running for one touchdown.

    “Lyle played well,” Riley said. “He made some big-time throws. He hung in there. I love how tough he plays. He doesn’t blink. He steps up, moves around and finds a spot to throw it.”

  • In his second career start RB Matt Sieverson made the most of his opportunity gaining a career best 142 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries which included a 38 yard gaunt up the middle for the Beavers first touchdown of the game.

    Sieverson also added four catches for 16 yards.

  • RB Clinton Polk backed up Sieverson carrying the ball seven times for 11 yards and one touchdown.

  • RB Yvenson Bernard suited up, but did not play due to a hurt knee.

  • WR James Rodgers continued his high level of play carrying the ball five times for 48 yards, including a 25-yard scamper down the sidelines in the second overtime for the go ahead touchdown. He also had two catches for nine yards.

    “When I saw open field and a defender coming at me at an angle, I knew he couldn’t catch me. I just honed in on a touchdown," Rodgers said.

  • WR Brandon Powers led the team with five catches for 80 yards, but had trouble holding onto the ball for much of the day as he just plain dropped several easy ones.

  • WR Shane Morales hauled in two catches for 25 yards.

  • WR Anthony Brown grabbed two catches for 49 yards, including a team long 29-yard reception.

  • TE Howard Croom had three catches for 28 yards, with a long of 12, and had another great day of blocking. He was out in front on Rodgers' game winning run.

  • TE John Reese has his first career touchdown in the second quarter as jumped in the air and caught a pass. As he hit the turf in the end zone the ball popped loose. The referees incorrectly ruled it incomplete.

    “I sure thought it was a touchdown,” Riley said. “I called the timeout to give them more time to review it. That would have been a great score at that time.”

    The touchdown would have put the Beavers up 28-7.

  • OL Roy Schuening made his 49th consecutive start, a school record.


Defense Notes:

  • The defense yielded 339 total yards, 195 on the ground and 144 through the air, while giving up 3.4 yards per rush and 11.1 yards per completion.

  • The defense limited Oregon to 5 of 20 on third down and 1 of 3 on fourth down conversions.

  • LB Derrick Doggett had a game and career high 18 tackles, including 11 solo, as he picked off his fourth pass in the last five games. This time Doggett raced 28 yards down the sidelines for the touchdown as he knocked over several Ducks as he stretched over the goal line. It was Doggett's third career touchdown.

    Doggett has recorded at least one tackle for loss in seven straight games.

  • DE Dorian Smith played in his first game since the USC game on Nov. 3 as he grabbed a career high 11 tackles and one quarterback hurry.

  • LB Joey LaRocque harassed 10 tackles and one pass breakup.

  • LB Alan Darlin had eight tackles, including OSU's only sack of the game.

  • DT Gerard Lee had one of the better games of his career grabbing a career high six tackles, including one for loss.

  • DT William 'Akau'ola also had one of the better games of his career harassing five tackles, including a team high two for loss.

Special Teams Notes:

  • P Alexis Serna averaged 37.2 yards per punt on five attempts. Two of his kicks landed inside the twenty. His longest punt of the evening was a 42 yard boot.

  • PK Alexis Serna had an uncharacteristic night missing three of four field goals, including a 35-yard attempt with 1:01 on the clock that was blocked.

    “We just have to do a better job off the edge,” Riley said. “That’s the first one we’ve had blocked like that forever. It was not very good, but a good play by them.”

    He did connect on a 41-yard attempt to force a second overtime. Serna now has 380 career points, just 10 points from tying UCLA's John Lee's conference record (390).

  • Serna connected on all five of his extra point attempts running his consecutive extra points made total to a Pac-10 record 141.

  • Gunner Gerard Lawson had another fine day on special teams as he forced a fumble on a punt return.

  • LB Dwight Roberson also continued his fine play on special teams as he forced a fumble as well while adding two tackles.


Miscellaneous Notes:

  • The victory means Oregon State finished in the top half of the conference for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Also, for the first time since 1966-69, OSU finished with back to back winning marks in Pac-10 play (6-3).

  • The Beavers grabbed the mythical Northwest title for the first time since 2004 as they defeated Washington, Washington State and Oregon this year.

  • OSU's win over No .18 Oregon gives them two victories over ranked opponents on the road this season, the other was against No. 2 Cal, a first for the program. Riley has won four of his last eight games versus top 25 opponents.

  • Oregon State increased its conference best record to 14-3 in the last two seasons during the months of October, November and December.

  • This was OSU's third consecutive win and sixth victory in the last seven games.


Key Quotes:

  • Coach Mike Riley - “Oh, what a game! I’m really proud of these guys for not quitting. After regulation we could have folded up, but they came through. It’s a great win for this team and awesome for the program. It’s been a long time since the Beavers won here. Before the game, we talked about poise and focus and composure, that that’s what it was going to take. We had to show it all tonight, especially when we got behind.”

    On his team winning six of the last seven - “When you don’t start well and you gain something, you just don’t want to lose it back, because it’s hard to get there. The emotion stems from a release from having accomplished something big – coming back from not very good.

    On his team - “It’s hard to lose good players like we have throughout this season, but it’s real important to have guys step in.It's real important that we had Adam Speer step in for Jeremy Perry and down on the line. Our team doesn’t blink, it has to do with good senior leadership, guys staying the course. Those guys are big-time in the character of this team, that helped the rest of the team hang in there to get to one of the best two-year strings in our school's history." ”

  • PK Alexis Serna - On his game tying field goal - “I was just thinking we were going to go into the second overtime and hopefully win it there. I told myself to keep my head down and do the little things right, just like I always do. I didn’t feel the pressure. It was a little longer field goal than I would have liked, but it was in my range. I knew I could do it.”

  • RB Matt Sieverson - "They gave me the ball - I couldn’t ask for anything more. Growing up in Oregon, it’s what you dream about. Since I was born and raised in Bend, the Civil War has been a big thing in my life every year. This is the one for me. This game really makes my college career, and this is the game you want for your best game. It’s something I’ll never forget. It’s just amazing for me. I have a lot of friends who go to school at Oregon. This will be nice to remind them of.”

    On his touchdown run - “I was thinking, ‘If I don’t trip, I’m going to score.’ The guys just did a great job of blocking and the hole opened up - I couldn’t get there fast enough. I was so excited. That was a great start to the day.”

  • LB Derrick Doggett - On the defense - "We knew their plays. We just kept talking and kept getting ourselves pumped up. We told everybody to get to the ball, and that's what happened."

    On Jonathan Stewart - “Stewart was great,” OSU linebacker Derrick Doggett said. “He ran hard. He’s everything you want in a running back.”

    On his interception - “The ball was tipped, I caught it, and I just knew I wanted to get to the house. I had a couple of blockers in front of me, and I just didn’t stop until I got into the end zone.”

  • QB Lyle Moevao - On Rodgers' game winning run - “It was either going to be a home run or a gain of a few yards. We couldn’t lose. He did a great job and executed perfectly.

    On Sieverson - “Sieverson did a great job. We were talking to each other all the time during the week. He was telling me, ‘You’ve got to lead us.’ And I was telling him, ‘you’re the one who’s going to get the ball.’ He knew the role he was in and we knew that he could get the job done, that's why we put him there."

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

    On Rodgers' game winning run - "When I saw it was a handoff, I said, 'Thank God. This game is finally over. I knew our defensive line wasn't going to be pushed around on fourth and 1. We asked in the huddle who was going to make a play. Everybody said, 'I am.' "

  • DE Jeff Van Orsow - “It was our signature win here. We capped the season off with a bunch of wins like we did last year. We are building the program. This team is just built to finish strong. That’s two years in a row we finished strong and won the Civil War. It feels good.”

    On the defenses' final stand - “It was fitting. As far as the defense has come this year, for us to finish on the field, it was fitting.”

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