WTS: Denied roses for second straight year

ONE THING ALL media members agreed upon was the 113th Civil War was one of the best in the long series between the Beavers and Ducks. Here is what the media had to say about Oregon State's 37-33 loss to Oregon Dec. 3.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Close isn't enough for Beavers
Coming closer made it no better for Oregon State.

With the Pac-10's berth in the Rose Bowl there for the taking in the Civil War for the second year in a row, the Beavers couldn't beat Oregon again, dropping a 37-33 decision on Thursday at Autzen Stadium ... more from The Register Guard.


So close, but no roses for OSU
After a close battle in Eugene, the then-ranked No. 13 Oregon State football team could not pull off a win against then-ranked rival No. 7 Oregon, losing 37-33.

"It's very disappointing," senior quarterback Sean Canfield said. "We stayed in it and it was a hard-fought football game. We came so close again and just couldn't get it done." ... more from The Barometer.


Gracefully admitting defeat
You know the guy that used to tour the country and have someone shoot a cannonball into his stomach?

Yeah, that's how I think we all felt last night ... more from The Barometer.


Red zone inefficiency dooms OSU
When the Beavers bring themselves to view the film of the 113th Civil War, they'll be struck by two things — red zone futility and the inability to tackle on Oregon's final drive.

Oregon State settled for four Justin Kahut field goals, and watched as Oregon converted on two fourth downs as the clock wound down on the final drive of the game — aided by the second efforts of Ducks runners — in a 37-33 loss Thursday night at Autzen Stadium ... more from The Statesman Journal | Report card


It's epic, and it's the Ducks
You figured it would be a shootout, and you were right.

You thought it might come down to this: The last team to have the ball would win. How did you know? ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Disappointed Beavers wait on final destination
Slumped in a chair inside the visitor's interview room, Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield couldn't hide his disappointment.

For the second year in row, the Beavers saw their dreams of playing in the Rose Bowl dashed in the Civil War, this time in a 37-33 defeat to Oregon at Autzen Stadium Thursday night ... more from The Mail Tribune.


Ducks able to make all the big plays
It's not a complex reason for the loss.

The Oregon State football team matched rival Oregon most of the time in a game filled with momentum swings, but the No. 13-ranked Beavers couldn't keep up with the No. 7 Ducks ... more from The Gazette Times | Sideline Report


Canfield shines in first Civil War
Sean Canfield had the Oregon State football team on the brink of the Rose Bowl.

One more pass completion to keep a final drive alive ... more from The Gazette Times | Report card


Beavers look to the future
From roses to slots.

Heartbreak befell the Oregon State football team for the second straight season ... more from The Gazette Times.


More disappointment for OSU
Last year, Oregon trampled Oregon State's Rose Bowl hopes by stampeding the Beavers in Reser Stadium.

The Ducks rolled up more than 600 yards of total offense and took a 65-38 win ... more from The Gazette Times.


Commish revels in Civil War atmosphere
It was the first Civil War football game for Pacific-10 Conference commissioner Larry Scott and it couldn't have been bigger.

This one was for the Rose Bowl ... more from The Gazette Times.


Riley proud of Beavers' effort
For the second straight season, Oregon shattered Oregon State's Rose Bowl dreams.

"We fought hard, they just played better'' said Beavers' linebacker Keith Pankey, after the No. 7 Ducks took a thrilling 37-33 victory in the 113th Civil War game tonight at Autzen Stadium ... more from The Oregonian.


| From an Oregon Perspective |

James, Ducks rally to beat Beavers 37-33
It was a 60-minute battle between two of the best teams ever to compete in the 113 years of Civil War.

At the end of four quarters – or was it 15 rounds? – only one team was left standing, as Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli took a knee and ran out both the clock and the Rose Bowl hopes of the underdog Oregon State Beavers ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Survival Of The Fittest At Autzen
In a game that will go down as one of the greatest ever in the long, illustrious history of the Civil War, the Ducks outlasted the 13th-ranked Oregon State Beavers, 37-33, in a four quarter battle for the ages.

Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly has said it all season. One play, one incident, one game doesn't define a season. It is the culmination of hard work, perseverance, and opportunity that determines the character of an individual and the heart of champion. On a bitterly cold Saturday night before the largest crowd in Autzen Stadium history, the 7th ranked Oregon Ducks staked well-deserved claim their first outright Pac-10 Championship since 2001. However, it didn't come easy ... more from EDuck.com.


Blount's return inspires Ducks
It was an ordinary 2-yard run up the middle for Oregon in the third quarter Thursday night. The announcer's voice came over the public-address system and told the crowd that No. 9, LeGarrette Blount, had been the ball carrier. There was a silence as the crowd soaked in what it had been told. Then Autzen Stadium erupted.

On his third carry of that drive, Blount ran over an Oregon State defensive player for a 5-yard gain. A play later, Blount ran 12 yards and dove into the end zone ... more from The Portland Tribune.


'Special' Ducks fight off gritty Beavers
Oregon coach Chip Kelly can be a man of few words.

Usually, though, those few words aren't as funny as his succinct statement after Thursday's Civil War, upon hearing that the new Pac-10 champion Ducks were "officially" invited to play in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Kelly's heros
Eventually, each of the Oregon Ducks got around to the same pose.

Smiling for a camera, awash in a sea of fans. And clenched between his teeth, a single, red rose ... more from The Register Guard.


Ducks' confidence starts at the top
Long after the final gun, in a ground-floor hallway of the Casanova Center, the rookie head coach was heading somewhere in a hurry, with all his assistants in tow.

I asked Chip Kelly: Did you consider not going for it on those fourth downs? He never slowed down, just tossed an answer and kept moving ... more from The Register Guard.


A lovely end to a lonely season
Standing outside the Oregon locker room, scanning the crowd for his infant son, LeGarrette Blount grabbed a security guard and asked for an escort back into Autzen Stadium.

After he reached the bottom of the tunnel that leads onto the playing field, fans surrounding the west end zone began chanting his name ... more from The Register Guard.


Oregon D passes test by keeping Quizz quiet
For the most part, the Ducks were able to bottle up Quizz Rodgers in their first up-close encounter with Oregon State's standout running back.

It was, once again, the other Rodgers brother who caused the most problems for the Oregon defense ... more from The Register Guard.


Sweet roses
An epic stage produced an epic football game Thursday night, as the University of Oregon won the Civil War for the roses, defeating Oregon State, 37-33, to win the Pacific-10 Conference championship outright and earn a berth in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1994 season.

In the 113th Civil War — the first in which the winner was assured of playing in the Rose Bowl — the Ducks rallied four times from deficits in front of an Autzen Stadium-record crowd of 59,597 and a national television audience on ESPN ... more from The Register Guard.


James leads the way; Blount sees action
Oregon tailback LaMichael James didn't start fast in his Civil War debut. But it's the finish that matters most.

James rushed for 166 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, and his 52-yard scoring scamper late in the third quarter gave Oregon a lead it would not relinquish ... more from The Statesman Journal | Report card


Ducks celebrate Civil War win
After the most anticipated Civil War ever, one that did not disappoint in the least, fans whooped it up on the petal-covered Autzen Stadium field, many with signs reading, "I smell roses," and one that read, "Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1994."

Yes, for the first time in 15 years, the Oregon Ducks are going to the Rose Bowl. Their coach, Chip Kelly, listened to a flowery speech from a Rose Bowl representative, inviting the Ducks to Pasadena after a 37-33 win tonight over Oregon State, and cracked a smile ... more from The Oregonian.


After Civil War victory, it's time for Ducks to finish what they started
A wonderful game ended. A riveting regular season ended. And here was the Oregon defensive back TJ Ward, bouncing around Autzen Stadium, ripping off his gloves and giving them to a little boy. And over there, was Ducks offensive lineman Bo Thran, grinning while posing for a photograph and saying, "Rose Bowl." And there were Ducks fans slapping backs, and jumping around, whooping it up.

On his way off the field Oregon State coach Mike Riley stopped at the goal line turned around, stood and watched it all ... more from The Oregonian.


| From a National Perspective |

Fitting finale
Oregon's thorny start has come up roses.

Redshirt freshman LaMichael James ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns Thursday night to send No. 7 Oregon to the Rose Bowl with a 37-33 victory over No. 13 Oregon State in the Civil War ... more from The Associated Press.


Ducks show poise under pressure
First of all, let's save everyone the time, effort, and energy that could be better spent elsewhere and not have a debate about the fourth-down call. For those of you on the East Coast getting some Zs, down 37-33 with just over six minutes to play, and with a terrific field goal kicker, Oregon State head coach Mike Riley chose to go for it on 4th-and-15 on the Oregon 27.

Predictably, the Sean Canfield pass to James Rodgers was incomplete, and thus became the signature play of the game for the Beavers that led to the signature play of the game for the Ducks ... more from CFN.


Ducks Dash Past Beavers for Pac-10 Crown
The following is a live journal composed during the Oregon State/Oregon game. All times listed are Pacific Standard Time ... more from CFN.


Disaster to roses, Oregon comes full circle
Every season is a journey and most are bumpy, but it would be hard to imagine many teams have started so poorly but ended with such euphoria as the 2009 Oregon Ducks, who overcame a nine-point third quarter deficit to beat rival Oregon State 37-33 in the Civil War for the Roses.

On Sept. 3, the Ducks were either a joke or a cautionary tale, depending on how seriously one saw a humiliating defeat at Boise State and a post-game meltdown by LeGarrette Blount, whose punch of a Broncos player became the endlessly replayed highlight of a team on the brink with a first -year coach who looked like he was in over his head ... more from ESPN.com.


Civil War lives up to the hype
There were roses. There were tears. There were pre-printed newspapers declaring, "Ducks to Rose Bowl."

And as the postgame bedlam engulfed Autzen Stadium, there was the unmistakable feeling that the impossible had been achieved — that the game had matched the hype ... more from The Columbian.

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