After finishing the first half with 20 carries for 100 yards, Jonathan Stewart continued to punish defenders in the third quarter ripping off a 21-yard run with a full head of steam on the first play of the second half. The drive would stall, however, as the swarming Beaver defense was able to force consecutive incomplete passes from Justin Roper.
Oregon State took the ensuing drive all the way down to the Oregon 33-yard line. Alexis Serna was once again called upon, this time for a 50-yard field goal attempt, but left the attempt well short of the uprights to turn the ball back over to the Ducks.
Oregon would take advantage of the missed field goal opportunity. Jonathan Stewart pounded out runs of 15-yards and 7-yards, giving way for another big play from true freshman Jeff Maehl. Justin Roper connected with Maehl on a 33-yard pass play to stick the ball all the way down at the Oregon State 15 yard line. Roper would then take the ball in himself on a 7-yard option keeper for the touchdown.
Oregon 28, OSU 21
After two quick drives from both teams, Oregon State took over looking to even the score after 21 unanswered points by Oregon. On the drive, QB Lyle Moevao connected with Shane Morales for a 21-yard gainer and Anthony Brown for a 19-yard grab. The Beavers used a 15-yard pass interference penalty against Oregon's Patrick Chung to keep the drive going. With Shane Morales' 4 yard snag to the 1-yard line, Moevao was able to sneak into the endzone on the ensuing play for a Beaver touchdown.
Oregon 28, OSU 28
Oregon's next drive lasted just a little over two minutes and resulted in a Josh Syria 41-yard punt. Oregon State took over at the 19-yard line looking to regain the lead. After Matt Sieverson's 15-yard run, Moevao found a wide open Brandon Powers for 18 yards, putting the Beavers at midfield. The Ducks brought pressure on the next play with Will Tukuafu right in Moevao's face as he got rid of the ball just in time. Unfortunately for Moevao, Walter Thurmond III read the play and stepped in front of the receiver for a clutch interception. Thurmond returned the interception 15 yards to the Oregon 49-yard line.
Following Oregon's quick 5 play drive which culminated in another Syria punt, Oregon State was only able to pick up 34-yards on a 7 play drive but pinned the Ducks all the way back at their own 9-yard line. Backed up deep in their own territory, Oregon went three-and-out and gave the Beavers great field position at the Oregon 48-yard line.
Lyle Moevao and Matt Sieverson were able to grind out tough yards to move the Beavers down to Oregon's 17-yard line. After Oregon elected to take their second of three timeouts, Oregon State lined up for a tie-breaking 35-yard field goal try with 1:09 left in the game. Walter Thurmond III made the play of the game coming off the side and blocking Serna's kick, essentially giving the Ducks a prime opportunity to come away victorious with a successful last minute drive.
With just 1:01 showing on the clock, Roper and the Ducks took the field at their own 36-yard line. Roper connected with Garren Strong for 11-yards and Derrick Jones for 6-yards before Head Coach Mike Bellotti burned the third and final timeout for Oregon with 26 seconds left in the game. At the OSU 47-yard line, Roper threw three straight incomplete passes, making way for Matt Evensen's attempt at a game winning field goal from 52-yards away. Evensen's kick had the distance but sailed wide right. All for not though as a yellow hankie on the field was thrown for a 15-yard personal foul against the Beavers, giving Oregon yet another chance to come away with the win. After Justin Roper carried the ball quickly to the middle of the field for the optimum field goal position, the Ducks went into hurry mode with no timeouts to stop the clock. Evensen rushed onto the field with time ticking away, just getting the kick off as time expired. Evensen's 40-yard attempt was well short, sending the 111th Civil War fittingly into overtime.
-- First Overtime --
Oregon State won the coin toss and chose to play defense first. Derrick Jones had Autzen stadium going crazy when he took a reverse down to the OSU 6-yard line, but once again, a penalty killed what would have been a huge play. This holding call on Garren Strong moved the Ducks back to the 25-yard line. Stewart carried for 4 yards the next play and then Roper hit Ed Dickson for 13 yards. Three plays later, Evensen had a field goal opportunity from 25 yards out to put the Ducks up in overtime. Evensen's kick was pure as OSU took the field for their overtime opportunity.
Oregon 31, OSU 28
OSU's overtime possession saw three quick plays get stuffed by an inspired Oregon defense. Alexis Serna came on with a field goal chance that could knot the game up and send it to another overtime period. Serna's clutch 41-yard field goal pierced the chilly wind in Autzen and was right down the middle of the uprights.
Oregon 31, OSU 31
-- Second Overtime --
The first play of Oregon State's second overtime possession covered all 25 yards as James Rodgers took an end-around into the endzone practically untouched.
Oregon 31, OSU 38
With OSU scoring a touchdown on their drive, Oregon was forced to score one of their own if they had any hopes of sending the game to a third overtime period. Jonathan Stewart took the first play of the Duck's ensuing possession for a 6 yard gain and followed that up with a 2 yard loss. Justin Roper then found Jaison Williams in a vacant spot over the middle for 5 yards but Oregon was just a matter of inches short of a first down. The Ducks put the game on the legs of Jonathan Stewart on a 4th-and-1 play, but the Beavers defense collapsed the pocket and stopped the Ducks on what ended up being the final play of a classic Civil War matchup.
Oregon 31, OSU 38
The Beavers came away from Autzen Stadium with the first road victory for either team in the Civil Series since 1997. Oregon State made all the plays when it came down to crunch time to earn the victory and improve to 8-4 (6-3 Pac-10). The Oregon Ducks dropped to 8-4 (5-4 Pac-10) with their third consecutive loss since losing Heisman hopeful quarterback Dennis Dixon.
On the loss, Coach Bellotti felt that the team played hard in the face of adversity, "I think there were very few people out there, outside of our team, that believed in our team. Our kids did a tremendous job, and they deserved to win today. It's hard to be happy in a loss, but I'm proud of the way we competed."
The Oregon State Beavers finished with 458-yards of total offense to Oregon's 337-yards. The Beavers came away with the win despite losing the turnover battle, as Oregon had 3 takeaways to the Beaver's one. The key for the Beavers was their success running the ball, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. A large part of that success was Matt Sieverson who finished the game with 27 carries for 141-yards and a touchdown. As advertised, Jonathan Stewart had the bulk of Oregon's offensive production carrying the ball a season-high 39 times for 161-yards. Coach Bellotti said after the game that Stewart played at "probably only 80%".
Justin Roper finished the game 13/25 for 144-yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. In his first exclusive action as an Oregon quarterback after Cody Kempt left with a concussion, Roper showed improvement and a lot of poise and maturity in a big rivalry game. Jeffrey Maehl was Roper's leading receiver hauling in 4 catches for 86-yards and a touchdown. Garren Strong added another score on a 3-yard pass from Roper in the first half.
With the loss, an Oregon team once ranked #2 in the BCS with national title aspirations is now reeling with their third consecutive loss to end the season. The Ducks are bowl eligible at 8-4 but will likely end up in a lower tier bowl because of the loss.
On the game, Coach Bellotti was proud of the way his players competed, "I am real proud of our players. They came out and battled today. We believed we could win, and they almost made it happen. I think this group of kids is special."