EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Kellen Clemens passed for three touchdowns
and ran for another to lead Oregon to a 34-20 victory over Oregon
State on Saturday in the 107th Civil War.
Oregon (8-4, 5-3 Pac-10) completed its regular season, while
Oregon State (7-4, 4-3) close out against No. 2 Southern California
on Dec. 6. Both teams are likely bowl bound.
Clemens completed 11 of 26 passes for 125 yards, with a a
15-yard TD pass for Dante Rosario in the third quarter giving the
Ducks a 28-13 lead.
Derek Anderson was 21-of-45 for 271 yards with one TD and two
interceptions for Oregon State.
The Beavers scored on Anderson's 1-yard pass to Pat Loney early
in the fourth quarter to cut the margin to 28-20, but Oregon's
Jared Siegel made up for an earlier miss with field goals of 18 and
22 yards for the final margin.
After the game, the Oregon players ran to the "O" at the
center of Autzen Stadium to celebrate, and were almost quickly
engulfed by their fans.
The Ducks held Pac-10 leading rusher Steven Jackson to 68 yards
on 18 carries. Anderson, who entered the game averaging 126.6 yards
rushing, also caught six passes for 71 yards.
With the game-time temperature a chilly 38 degrees, Andeson
started strong, running 3 yards for a a TD to give the Beavers the
Oregon tied the score midway through the first quarter with
Clemens' 15-yard TD pass to Terrence Whitehead.
The Beavers ran into trouble late in the quarter, when holder
Carl Tobey tried to run after a poor snap on Kirk Yliniemi's
48-yard field goal attempt.
Oregon took over on downs, and then took advantage of several
Oregon States penalties for a drive that ended with Clemens'
19-yard TD pass to Demetrius Williams. Oregon State was penalized
for 40 yards, including a personal foul and unsportsmanlike
conduct, on the drive.
There was a frightening moment on the ensuing kickoff when
Oregon State returner Harvey Whiten was hit by Jerry Matson.
Whiten lay motionless on the turf for several minutes and
paramedics gave him oxygen. He did not move even as he was carted
from the field on a stretcher.
Whiten was taken to a hospital for evaluation. He was moving his
arms and legs but further information on his condition wasn't
After Siegel's 53-yard field goal attempt for Oregon went wide
right, the Beavers narrowed it to 14-10 on Yliniemi's 29-yard field
The Ducks had their own trouble as the first half wound down.
Clemens threw six straight incomplete passes, fumbled and was
Oregon turned it around to open the second half, with Clemens
going 3-for-3 and scoring on a 4-yard keeper to make it 21-10.
Yliniemi kept the Beavers in it with a 28-yard field goal to
make it 21-13.