3:30 PM ET, November 23, 2002
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Derek Anderson was a fan in the stands two years ago when Oregon State beat Oregon in the Civil War to conclude the Beavers' best season ever.
On Saturday he was on the field, leading Oregon State to a 45-24 trouncing of Oregon in the 106th edition of the annual Oregon rivalry game.
Back in 2000, both the Beavers and the Ducks were 9-1 overall with Oregon ranked No. 5 and Oregon State ranked No. 8. The Beavers went on to win 23-13. Anderson was a senior at Scappoose High School.
"I was here for that game and I hoped I would be here someday doing the same thing," Anderson said.
Anderson completed 21 of 37 passes for career-high 370 yards and four touchdowns as the Beavers (8-4, 4-4) finished with a slightly better season than the Ducks (7-5, 3-5), who had been ranked as high as No. 6 before losing five of their last six.
At issue was statewide bragging rights and bowl position.
"He's an Oregon kid and he showed up in the Super Bowl of Oregon," OSU linebacker Richard Seigler said about Anderson, who has had an inconsistent season in his first year as starter.
"He shut up a lot of his critics," Seigler added.
Anderson upped his season total to 24 TDs and passing Jonathan Smith's school record of 20 set in 2000.
Tailback Steven Jackson, who ran for two scores and caught a 69-yard TD pass from Anderson. He rushed for 153 yards, giving him his ninth game this season with 100-plus yards.
Jackson, who went into the game ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 136.6 yards a game, rushed for 1,656 yards this season to surpass Ken Simonton's OSU record of 1,559 yards set in 2000.
Oregon's Jason Fife completed 14 of 33 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted three times.
"We weren't sharp throwing the ball," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti admitted. "Give Oregon State credit, but I think we can do better."
With the score tied at 3 in the first quarter, Jackson ran 16 yards for his 14th rushing TD this year.
Early in the second quarter, Jackson caught a slant pass from Anderson and ran it 69 yards for another touchdown. It was Jackson's second scoring catch this season.
The Ducks were woefully ineffective for most of the first half, and even the usually accurate Jared Siegel missed a 44-yard field goal.
But midway through the second quarter, the Ducks began to show some spark. Fife hit Keenan Howry with an 84-yard scoring pass, then ran for 11 yards for his own score to make it 17-all.
That woke up the Beavers, who added Anderson's 10-yard scoring pass to Shawn Kintner to make it 24-17 at halftime.
The Beavers extended the lead to 31-17 midway through the third quarter with Anderson's 19-yard scoring pass to Kenny Farley.
After Jackson rumbled down the right side for 39 yards, he added a 1-yard scoring dive to make it 38-17.
Howry's 63-yard punt return for a touchdown narrowed it with 5:51 left, but Anderson came back with a 40-yard scoring pass to James Newson for the final margin.
At game's end, the fans rushed the field to celebrate. A circle of security guards shielded the goal posts.
"It's our turn," Siegler said. "There's going to be a party in Corvallis tonight."
The Ducks were without star tailback Onterrio Smith, who had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee this week and is out for about three weeks.
Smith, who may opt for the NFL Draft next year, prowled the sidelines during the game in street clothes. He finished his season with 1,079 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games.
Howry had four catches for 142 yards.
"It just wasn't a win," Howry said. "Nobody will remember what I did a year from now or two years from now. We just didn't get the win."
The home team has won the last six Civil Wars.
This season's edition was not as hyped as in recent years, with both teams finishing just better-than-average seasons. Because the Pac-10 has contractual agreements with six bowl games, both the Ducks and Beavers were already bowl candidates.
"To me, this was our bowl game," Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson said. "This was our most important game."
Last season, Oregon's hopes for a national title, as well as Joey Harrington's pursuit of the Heisman Trophy, gave the Civil War bigger implications. Oregon emerged the victor, 17-14 in Eugene, to clinch a second straight Pac-10 title.