45-24 Oregon State

The Oregon Ducks finished the 2002 regular season off by losing to Oregon State 45-24. Oregon was frustrated by penalties and mistakes all afternoon. The loss marks the worst month of November for Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti, and thought the Ducks will finish the season with winning record - the Ducks were unable to defeat any of their Northwest rivals.

The victory was the largest margin of victory for the Beavers since 1968.

Oregon, who has struggled in the third quarter all season long, again was unable to score and allowed OSU, two touchdowns to put the game away. Oregon had fallen behind in the first quarter 10-3 but managed to swing momentum back to their side after an electrifying 84 yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jason Fife to senior Keenan Howry. The Ducks would score again in the second quarter to tie the score at 17-17, but OSU scored late in the quarter to take a 24-17 lead into halftime.

The Ducks were unable to generate any offense to speak of and the defense found themselves on the field for the majority of the quarter. Trailing 38-17 headed into fourth quarter, the Ducks looked to try to regain some dignity in their play and managed to score on a Howry punt return of 63 yards. However, this game was all Oregon State and the only consolation the Ducks can take away from this outing is that they are bowl eligible. The loss marks the first losing Pac-10 season for Oregon since 1997.

The loss will no doubt fuel endless questions from Duck fans on how a team that finished No. 2 in the 2001 season can fall apart so completely. In Oregon's five losses, the Ducks gave up a whopping 208 points and lost by an average of over 14 points a game.

Jason Fife finished the afternoon 14 of 33 for 183 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Oregon State's Derek Anderson finished 20 for 36, 354 yards and four touchdowns. OSU's Steven Jackson ended the game rushing for 159 yards on 37 carries and two touchdowns.

Keenan Howry had four receptions for 143 yards and one touchdown. James Newson had 11 receptions for 168 yards and one touchdown.

Oregon was panelized 12 times for 100 yards, while OSU was penalized eight times for 85 yards.

Bellotti's teams has never had a losing record in the month of November since taking over the head coach position in 1995. The Ducks are 1-3 this season, with the only win being over Stanford 41-14 on November 2.

Oregon State improved it's record to 8-4 and 4-4 in the Pac-10 race.

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