Oregon State Bowl Eligible With Victory Over Ducks
Nov. 20, 2004
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Derek Anderson threw for 351 yards and four touchdownsSaturday to give Oregon State a 50-21 victory over Oregon that made the Beaversbowl eligible.
The archrivals both entered the Civil War needing a win to qualify for abowl berth. While Oregon State awaits a postseason invite, the Ducks headedhome with their first losing season since 1993. They have not missed thepostseason since 1996, when they finished 6-5.
Anderson also ran for a score for the Beavers (6-5, 5-3 Pac-10) in the 108thedition of the West Coast's longest running rivalry, dating back to 1894.
The home team has won the Civil War for the past eight seasons.
Anderson completed 24 of 41 passes, with Mike Hass catching nine throws for154 yards and two touchdowns. Alexis Serna kicked five field goals of 20, 19,32, 23 and 31 yards.
Kellen Clemens was 13-of-29 for 126 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks(5-6, 4-4). He also was intercepted three times.
On the game's first series, Anderson hit Joe Newton with a 19-yard pass toput the Beavers on Oregon's 9, but Oregon State settled for the first ofSerna's field goals.
The Ducks went up 7-3 on Clemens' 4-yard scoring pass to tight end Tim Day,who played only briefly last week in Oregon's 34-26 loss to UCLA because of acalf injury.
After Anderson's 28-yard touchdown pass to Hass put Oregon State back infront 10-7, the Beavers faked a field goal at fourth-and-10 on the Oregon 26,and holder Colt Charles completed a 17-yard pass to Bill Swancutt. Serna endedthe drive with a 19-yarder.
Marcel Love caught Anderson's 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-7, beforeOregon came back with Clemens' 12-yard TD pass to Demetrius Williams.
Anderson dove a yard into the end zone for a 27-14 Beavers' lead athalftime. His shoe flew off during the play and sailed across the end zone.
Clemens added another TD pass to Day, this time for 2 yards as Oregon closedin, but Oregon State pulled away with Anderson's 16-yard scoring pass toNewton, and a 30-yarder to Hass.
Serna widened Oregon State's with a pair of field goals in the fourthquarter.
The victory capped a turbulent week for Oregon State.
Beavers starting receiver Anthony Wheat-Brown was suspended earlier thisweek with three other players following an assault on an Oregon NationalGuardsman outside a Corvallis nightspot last weekend.
Redshirt freshman defensive end Joe Rudulph was charged with fourth-degreeassault, harassment and disorderly conduct. Rudulph allegedly struck Staff Sgt.Gabriel Sapp during an altercation.
While the Civil War is the longest-running rivalry on the West Coast, it'snot the oldest. That distinction belongs to the Big Game between Stanford andCalifornia, which dates back to 1892. The game has been played 107 times, withthe No. 4 Golden Bears winning Saturday's edition, 41-6.
Oregon has not won in Corvallis since 1996.