Black & Orange YouTube: An OSU first

NORMALLY DURING THE offseason we run the video clip stories on Fridays but this one goes up a day early because it might take you a while to go through -- it's nearly 90 minutes long. In one of the program's watershed moments this decade, Oregon State did not waste time in staking their claim to be the first Oregon school to log 10 victories in the regular season.

Oregon State entered the 104th Civil War in 2000 with a No. 8 ranking and 9-1 record. The Ducks also came in at 9-1 and were pegged at No. 6. It was the first time both teams were ranked in the Top 10 at the same time.

Both teams were looking to reach 10 victories for the first time in school history.

Just a few weeks earlier, sportswriters were talking about how the Beavers had a "realistic" shot to get one of the two Pac-10 slots in Hawaii for a bowl game. But the Beavs had bigger things in mind by the time the regular season finale came around.

If upstart Oregon State prevailed, the Beavs would head to Pasadena for the first time in 35 years if Washington State could get by Washington. If the Ducks won, they were headed to the Rose Bowl with an unblemished Pac-10 mark.

In a season of firsts for Oregon State, the Beavers had already clinched their first winning regular season in 29 years and now, after a slow start, the Beavers' offense was clicking.

OSU boasted the Pac-10's best offense, averaging 412.7 yards per game behind running back Ken Simonton and quarterback Jonathan Smith.

The Beavs' offense and defense both got off to a fast start in the first half:

The Beavs were never seriously challenged in the second half thanks to their defense. Jake Cookus, starting his second straight game at free safety for Calvin Carlyle, had three of the Beavers' five interceptions all told. Simonton, the league's rusher that year at 136.1 yards per game, gained 113 hashes in the Civil War and his 20-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter ended up putting the game out of reach at 23-7. When Oregon got to the Oregon State 10 midway through the fourth, UO quarterback Joey Harrington was decked from behind by the Beavers' Sefa O'Reilly and DeLawrence Grant recovered the fumble to stamp out Oregon's flickering hopes. The Ducks finished the year by edging Texas in the Holiday Bowl and earning a No. 7 and No. 9 ranking in the AP and Coaches polls, respectively. Oregon State would go on to crush Notre Dame 41-9 in the Fiesta Bowl, capping an 11-1 season with a No. 4 ranking in the final AP poll, a No. 5 in the Coaches poll.

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