Beavs come up short in Civil War

OREGON STATE HELD a 30-21 lead in the third quarter but a suddenly energized Duck ground attack combined with game-ending injuries to two Beaver starters on defense saw Oregon run their way to a 37-33 win in the Civil War.

Sean Canfield was sharp, James Rodgers was a pass grabbing force and Stephen Paea bulled his way into the Oregon backfield on a number of occasions. But in the end, the Ducks had enough of a second half surge to come from behind and win at Autzen.

The Beavs' 10 penalties on the night didn't help their cause either.

With the Beavs holding a nine point lead early in the third quarter, Tim Clark suffered a broken leg and MLB David Pa'aluhi followed him to the sidelines shortly thereafter.

Their replacements, Rueben Robinson and Brandon Hardin filled in ably but the defense wasn't quite the same and the Ducks seized the momentum. First, LeGarrette Blount's 21 yards on four carries capped a Duck drive that cut the OSU lead to 30-28.

Canfield led the Beavs on another lengthy drive but it eventually stalled, and Oregon State again had to settle for a field goal. Then LaMichael James found a rare crease out wide, galloping 52 yards to put Oregon up 34-33.

Oregon State drove into Oregon territory but a fourth and 15 saw an incomplete pass and Oregon converted two fourth-and-shorts on a drive that consumed more than six minutes and ended the game.

Unofficially, Canfield was 24-for-36 for 306 yards and two TD's. James Rodgers had 10 grabs for 139 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers was held to 64 yards on 16 carries.


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