Oregon State lost in the fog as Ducks roll

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- As the fog settled over Autzen Stadium, No.
10 Oregon settled in for an easy season-ending win. Then the
waiting began.

The Ducks routed rival Oregon State 56-14 in a fog-shrouded
Civil War on Saturday night.

Oregon (10-1, 7-1) must now see how the rest of the season
shakes out, including whether top-ranked USC earns a berth in the
national championship game, before learning of its own postseason

The Ducks, with 10 wins, could be considered for an at-large BCS

It is just the second time in school history that the Ducks have
won 10 regular-season games. They also won 10 in 2001 when they
went to the Fiesta Bowl and finished 11-1 with Joey Harrington at

"People think we're weak," defensive end Devan Long said.
"Everybody doubts us and doesn't think we're as good as we are. We
went out today and proved them wrong."

Oregon State (5-6, 3-5), which lost four of its last five,
finished the regular season without the six victories required for
bowl eligibility.

The 109th version of the rivalry established in 1894 was
shrouded in fog so thick it was difficult at times to see the ball.
The public address announcer at Autzen Stadium opened the second
half by proclaiming: "Somewhere down there the Ducks will

The Beavers were hobbled before the game began because
quarterback Matt Moore injured his right knee in a 20-17 home loss
to Stanford last week.

Sophomore Ryan Gunderson was called upon to make his first
college start in arguably the biggest game of the season for the
Beavers. He completed 22 of 43 passes for 175 yards and a
touchdown. He was intercepted four times.

"I'm furious. I'm disappointed in myself," Gunderson said. "I
wish I could have put the ball in a couple of more people's hands.
It's just a couple of mistakes that kill you."

Oregon, which earlier this season lost starting QB Kellen
Clemens for the season with a broken ankle, turned again to both
Dennis Dixon and Brady Leaf for its seventh straight victory.

The dual-quarterback system has worked for Oregon, with Leaf
taking over in overtime for a victory over California, and Dixon
orchestrating the final drive for a last-second field goal to beat
Washington State last weekend.

This time, neither needed to come through in the clutch as
Oregon built a 28-7 lead by halftime.

Cornerback Aaron Gipson scored on a 60-yard interception return
before Dixon hit Terrence Whitehead with a 14-yard touchdown pass
to make it 14-0 for Oregon.

The Beavers scored on Yvenson Bernard's 2-yard run, but Oregon
piled on with two additional scores -- Whitehead's 2-yard run and
Jonathan Stewart's 1-yard dash.

Stewart opened the second half with a 97-yard kickoff return to
score and make it 35-7. He is the first player in school history to
have two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a single season.

Gunderson found Josh Hawkins with a 2-yard scoring pass in the
third quarter for Oregon State's only other score.

Dixon added a 6-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Williams before
Jaison Williams' 66 yard scoring reception and Jeremiah Johnson's
4-yard run.

The final touchdown prompted Autzen Stadium fans to chant
"B-C-S! B-C-S!"

"Our first goal was just to win," Leaf said. "Once we started
to get some points, we thought, `Yeah, let's put up 50. Let's stomp
them.' It was a team effort tonight."

Oregon's lone loss this season came to top-ranked USC. Should
the Trojans win out and play for the national championship, Oregon
could be considered for an at-large BCS bowl bid.

Dixon completed 12 of 17 passes for 204 yards and three
touchdowns. Leaf was 5-for-11 for 54 yards.

"We're on cloud nine right now," Demetrius Williams said.
"There is no better feeling than beating the Beavers like that, at
home, last game, everything."

It was the final college game for Oregon State receiver Mike
Hass, a walk-on who is projected by many to be a second-round pick
in the NFL draft. Coming into the game, Hass led the nation this
season with an average of 142.5 yards receiving. He caught 10
passes for 107 yards against the Ducks.

Hass showed his frustration in the fourth quarter, when tempers
flared after a fumble and he was flagged for a personal foul for
shoving another player.

The home team has won the Civil War each year since 1997.
Oregon's 56 points were the most scored by either team in the

Oregon State defeated Oregon 50-21 at Reser Stadium. The victory
propelled the Beavers to the Insight Bowl and sent the Ducks home.


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