Civil War pics, quotes and notes

It may have been foggy. It may have been chilly. It may have been a lot of things, but the one thing the 109th Civil War was, as 58,5825 fans in attendance can attest to was a great win by the Oregon Ducks (10-1, 7-1). The Ducks beat the Oregon State Beavers 56-14 to close out the season with the 42nd consecutive sellout at Autzen Stadium. The game crowd was also third largest in stadium history and the largest to witness a Civil War.

(PHOTO ABOVE) Oregon's Jeremiah Johnson (20) celebrates his touchdown with Terrell Jackson (21) after scoring on Oregon State during the fourth quarter Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at Autzen Stadium, in Eugene, Ore. Oregon defeat Oregon State, 56-14. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The 56 points scored by Oregon was a record for most points scored in a Civil War by either team, overtaking Oregon State's 50 points scored in last year's 50-21 win in Corvallis. The margin of victory (42) was the largest since 1987 when the Ducks won 44-0.

"Our first goal was just to win," said quarterback Brady Leaf about the game. "Then once we started to get some points then we were like, 'yeah, let's put up 50, let's stomp 'em.' That was our goal all week and we did a pretty good job of it."

Leaf and his fellow quarterback Dennis Dixon combined for an 18-for-30 day, 262 yards and three touchdowns. Dixon was 12-for-17, 204 yards and three scoring passes while Leaf was 5-for-11 and 54 yards. The 18 completions broke the Oregon single season record for pass completions (278), breaking the old record of 260 set in 1995.

(PHOTO RIGHT) Oregon's Jonathan Stewart (28) is lifted by teammate Enoka Lucas after scoring on Oregon State during the second quarter Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at Autzen Stadium, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Stewart finished the day after carrying the ball seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown. Stewart also revealed an insight into football that can carry over as a life lesson. In talking about a play where an Oregon State defensive lineman knocked Stewart down behind the line of scrimmage by OSU's defensive tackle Alvin Smith for a loss of 5 yards. Smith appeared to be celebrating but no flag was thrown. The next two plays saw the Ducks move the ball 30 yards down the field and on a 2nd-and-1 Leaf handed the ball to Stewart, who picked up the first down.

"They're going to make plays, we're going to make plays," said Stewart of the game. "I just knew I had to come back with something, we were going to come back with something no matter what. That's just the way you have to play. You have to have that mentality that you are going to bounce back up from what ever you are doing when you have a fall."

Senior Terrence Whitehead had 81 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. The performance propelled Whitehead in the second place on the all-time list of career rushing yardage (2,781) surpassing Sean Burwell (1990/2,758).

(PHOTO LEFT) Oregon's Aaron Gipson, left, is tackled by Oregon State's Mike Hass (28) following his interception during the second quarter Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at Autzen Stadium, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Gipson recorded two interceptions against OSU, his sixth and seventh of the season. Gipson moved into a tie for all-time career interceptions at Oregon with 13.

"We were in great spirits for this game obviously, but that play to open the game put us over the top," observed Oregon's head coach Mike Bellotti of Gipson's first interception and 60-yard touchdown return.

Gipson, a senior, also had five tackles (4 solo and 1 assisted) in his last game at Autzen Stadium. Gipson is one of 15 seniors that made their final appearance in front of the home crowd.

(PHOTO RIGHT) Oregon's quarterback Dennis Dixon (10) celebrates after completing a pass during the fourth quarter against Oregon State Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at Autzen Stadium, in Eugene, Ore. Oregon defeated Oregon State, 56-14. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Now that the regular season is over, the Ducks can talk about a bowl game. If anyone asks if the Ducks think they should go to a BCS bowl, there is a universal and resounding answer: YES.

"We're 10-1, we deserve to go to a good bowl," responded Leaf to the question should Oregon go to a BCS bowl. "This is a great team. Whichever bowl we go to is going to be fun."

Leaf wasn't the only one to hold that opinion.

"It's all politics from here on out," said Devan Long of the bowl selection process. "If people like us, they'll put us in the BCS, if not, we'll go to the Holiday Bowl. It doesn't matter, we did our job."


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