What They're Saying...

What the coaches, players, and media are saying after the Beavers 45-24 Civil war victory.

Beavers dominate
With the final seconds ticking off the clock Saturday in the 106th edition of the Civil War, Derek Anderson ran off the field toward the Beavers’ locker room and hugged James Newson.

It was fitting that the two players would embrace after hooking up 11 times in Oregon State’s convincing 45-24 victory before a packed house at Reser Stadium.

“I was just trying to get out of there. I knew there it was going to be mayhem,” Anderson said of not sticking around to celebrate with fans who congregated to form a sea of orange on the Reser Stadium artificial turf...Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal


A dream Saturday for Beavers' QB
Oregon State sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson breezed through his pop quizzes (a 4-0 preseason) and struggled through his midterms (three straight losses in the Pacific-10 Conference).
Saturday was final exam time in the 106th Civil War football game at Reser Stadium.
The report card? He aced it, torching a suspect Oregon secondary for 370 yards and four touchdowns in the Beavers’ 45-24 victory...James Day, Statesman Journal



OSU fans welcome their year of bragging rights
In a contest that meant nothing as much as it meant everything, the Oregon State Beavers picked up some important credentials on Saturday.

They acquired the coveted bragging rights by winning the Civil War football game against the University of Oregon Ducks.

“It’s state pride for another 12 months,” Beavers fan Tom Elliott of Pendleton said...Tom Forstrom, Statesman Journal



OSU record book takes a beating
As a team, Oregon State rang up 45 points and 528 yards on a beleaguered Oregon defense Saturday.

Individually, the offensive explosion helped rearrange the OSU record book.

Consider...James Day, Statesman Journal



Kitner's grab gives Beavers halftme edge
Just when it looked like Oregon might take momentum into the locker room at halftime, Oregon State’s Shawn Kintner helped turn the tide.

Oregon had tied the game at 17-17 on Jason Fife’s 11-yard option run with 3:14 left in the second quarter.

After a Jared Siegel punt, OSU took over at the Ducks’ 38-yard line with no timeouts and 41 seconds on the clock...Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal



Beavers will be bowl bound
After securing its second eight-win season since 1964, Oregon State (8-4, 4-4 Pacific-10 Conference) is headed to a bowl game.
For the moment, it’s destination unknown for the Beavers.
Oregon (7-5, 3-5) is bowl-eligible, but its holiday plans are murky. Still, a sixth consecutive bowl appearance for the Ducks is likely...Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal



Jackson, Anderson spark Beavers to 45-24 Civil War win
Derek Anderson came to the party Saturday at Reser Stadium, and he brought his Oregon State teammates along for the celebration.

The sophomore quarterback from Scappoose had the game of his young career, throwing for 370 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Beavers past Oregon 45-24 before a standing-room-only crowd of 37,154.

The victory gives Oregon State an 8-4 record (4-4 in Pac-10), with its fourth win in five games. Oregon finishes the regular season 7-5 (3-5), having lost five of its last six after a 6-0 start...Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune



Secondary, offense, let skidding Ducks down again
With his team having slid to the lower half of the Pacific-10 Conference, Oregon coach Mike Bellotti lamented the Ducks' Civil War loss with two simple statements:

"We weren't sharp throwing the ball," he said after Oregon State beat Oregon 45-24 Saturday at Reser Stadium. And, "we're not as good in the secondary as we need to be. That's obviously been a factor the second half of the season."...Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune



State champs
Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson shuffled back in the pocket, spotted James Newson sprinting down the sideline and floated the ball into the receiver's hands.

Newson cradled the ball without breaking stride and dragged Oregon cornerback Charles Favroth into the end zone.

The 40-yard score not only gave the Beavers the final clinching points in their 45-24 Civil War win before 37,154 fans at Reser Stadium, but it was a fitting way for Anderson to wind up his day...Kevin Hampton, Mid Valley Sunday



Beaver sophomores rise to occassion
This is how Civil War legends are forged.

A quarterback who hadn't completed half of his passes in his previous seven Pacific-10 Conference games suddenly sees the light in the biggest moment of his young career and torches a flammable secondary for 370 yards and four touchdowns.

A running back who knew he'd face a defense specifically stacked up to stonewall him batters away against eight- and nine-man fronts 36 times, for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He turns a seven-yard flare pass into a 69-yard TD masterpiece and also grabs an onsides kick to set up the dagger-in-the-heart touchdown...Brooks Hatch, Mid Valley Sunday



Oregon's season may end prematurly
Oregon State's Derek Anderson ran back out of the Valley Football Center onto the turf at Reser Stadium searching for a friend in the aftermath of the Civil War.

The quarterback from Scappoose wasn't hunting for a fellow Beaver, though. He was seeking a Duck. Oregon reserve quarterback Kellen Clemens, to be exact.

When the two hooked up, there were hugs to be exchanged and pats on the helmet. Three falls ago these same two quarterbacks led their high school teams to victory on this same field. On Saturday, one could leave the field happy, but he could be gracious in his moment of triumph...Aaron Yost, Mid Valley Sunday



OSU ponders bowl possibilities
Oregon State's final bowl-game destination probably won't be known until the regular season ends on Dec. 7 and the Bowl Championship Series makes its picks the next day.

One thing's for sure, though: The Beavers helped themselves immeasurably by whipping Oregon 45-24 on Saturday. Their fourth win in their last five games left them at 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10, and insured them of at least a fifth-place finish in the league standings.

"The only thing I know is that the fifth-place team goes to Las Vegas," OSU coach Dennis Erickson said afterward. "I guess there's some other scenarios that can happen, but to be very honest with you, wherever is fine with us...Brooks Hatch, Mid Valley Sunday



Kitner's score gives Beavers big boost
Momentum swings can decide any football game, especially one as emotional and intense as the Civil War.

On Saturday, it had swung deep to the Oregon side in the second quarter when quarterback Jason Fife stepped back and heaved the ball toward Keenan Howry, who had a step on Dennis Weathersby. Howry made the catch in stride as Weathersby fell to the turf and finished the 84-yard scoring play to cut OSU's lead to 17-10.

The Ducks tied it moments later on a 37-yard drive after holding the Beavers deep in their territory...Kevin Hampton, Mid Valley Sunday



Ducks don't have enough heroes
Allan Amundson was buoyant in defeat.

The Oregon senior, who began his career in 1999 as a backup to Reuben Droughns, saw the most extensive action of the past four years Saturday. That his career-high 11 carries and 79 yards came in a 45-24 loss to archrival Oregon State didn't dampen his joy.

"Even though we lost, I had the time of my life," said Amundson, whose performance helped Oregon stay within striking distance until the final minutes of the fourth quarter...Aaron Yost, Mid Valley Sunday



Beavers stand victorious after Civil War
Steven Jackson ran for 153 yards and set the Oregon State single-season rushing record as the Beavers handily beat Oregon 45-24 in their annual Civil War rivalry game Saturday.

With state bragging rights and a Pac-10 bowl position on the line, the Beavers (8-4, 4-4) finished with a slightly better season than the Ducks (7-5, 3-5), who had been ranked as high as No. 6 before losing five of their last six...Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press



Same old sad story for UO
BRAG ON, Beavers. Brag through December and your bowl game, wherever it is. Brag through the rest of the winter. Brag through the spring, and the summer, and next fall.

Brag until next November.

The bragging rights are yours. You've earned them...Ron Bellamy, Register Guard



Beavers Jackson running with Trojans
Marcus Allen ... Ricky Bell ... Charles White ... O.J. Simpson ... Steven Jackson.

Oregon State's "man-child," as his Beaver buddies call Jackson, has run himself into some impressive football company.

The four former USC tailbacks, three of them former Heisman Trophy winners, rank as the most prolific rushers in a single Pac-10 Conference season...Bob Rodman, Register Guard



Flags fly for Ducks, Beavers
It was the most Keith Lewis has ever traded trash talk with an opposing player, and for a guy who has at times been shielded from the media for being slightly too vociferous, that's saying something.

The verbal sparring between the Oregon free safety and OSU tailback Steven Jackson was the highlight of an emotionally charged Civil War on Saturday that ended with 23 total penalties for 212 yards in Oregon State's 45-24 win. The Beavers were flagged 10 times for 107 yards, six yards above their season average, while the Ducks tallied 13 penalties for 105 yards, more than 30 above their season average...Rob Moseley, Register Guard



Anderson's woes end with big day against Oregon
The low point of the season for Derek Anderson came just two weeks ago in Seattle, when the first-year starting quarterback threw five interceptions in Oregon State's 41-29 loss to Washington.

The high point, however, made the memories of that drizzly night all but disappear.

Saturday in Corvallis, the tall, strong-armed sophomore from Scappoose had a career day against Oregon, completing 21-of-37 passes for a season-best 370 yards and four touchdowns in the Beavers' 45-24 victory at Reser Stadium in the 106th Civil War game...Chris Hansen, Register Guard



Beavers blast sitting Ducks
It wasn't even close.

Not on the scoreboard, not in the statistics, not in the moods of the teams as they left Reser Stadium on Saturday after Oregon State had finished roughing up Oregon, 45-24, before 37,154 in the 106th Civil War.

Nobody needed to be told it was OSU's widest margin of victory over Oregon in 34 years. What everybody said told it more clearly...Bob Clark, Register Guard



OSU's exclamation point
Success teased the Oregon State Beavers early this season, pumping them up with a 4-0 record, Then, youth and a three-game losing streak knocked them down.

But in the biggest game of the season, before 37,154 wedged into Reser Stadium on Saturday, Oregon State summoned its grandest performance and turned a shaky starter into its strongest weapon...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian



Beavers' defense bedevils Ducks in second half
Midway through the third quarter, Oregon State's defense had taken over.

The Beavers' pressure had jittery Oregon quarterback Jason Fife throwing off his back foot, forcing him into three second-half interceptions.

They kept the UO running game in check and held the Ducks without a sustained touchdown drive all afternoon.

"We controlled field position and pretty much dominated," Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson said, assessing his defense after a 45-24 victory Saturday in the Civil War before 37,154 at Reser Stadium...Ken Goe, Oregonian



Jackson, Newson, Anderson set OSU records
Oregon State ushered three season record-holders into the books Saturday, and all three will be back next season.

Sophomore tailback Steven Jackson ran for 153 yards on 36 carries, giving him 1,656 on 300 carries for the season. The yardage total eclipsed Ken Simonton's record of 1,559 on 284 carries, set in 2000.

Sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson threw four touchdown passes, giving him 24 for the season and lifting him from a tie with Jonathan Smith, who passed for 20 touchdowns during the 2000 season.

Junior receiver James Newson caught 11 passes -- tied for the second-most in OSU history -- for 168 yards, giving him 1,119 receiving yards on 64 catches for the season. That beat Vern Burke's 1,007 yards on 69 catches, set in 1962...Rachael Bachman and Abby Haight, Oregonian



Ducks outside bowl picture looking in after collapse
Oregon dug itself into a bowl hole, losing Saturday to Oregon State (8-4, 4-4 Pac-10) 45-24 at Reser Stadium.

The Ducks were a profile in futility, pushed back, misfiring and squandering good field position.

"We played hard," said Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, whose team stumbled to its fifth loss in six games to end the regular season. "We didn't play well."...Abby Haight, Oregonian

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