The Ducks got off to a slow start, but it didn't matter. Oregon dominated Oregon State in the 2011 Civil War to secure a 49-21 victory and win the Pac-12 North. The Ducks will take on UCLA next Friday night at 5pm at Autzen Stadium.
The Ducks thoroughly dominated the Beavers on a play-by-play basis throughout the game. Despite wasting multiple opportunities to put the game away early, the Ducks at one point in the 4th quarter had outgained the Beavers 600-170. The Beavers were completely unable to get anything going until the Duck second string played in the 4th quarter.
The Beavers averaged a pathetic 0.6 yards per carry, though that includes sacks, they averaged 3.6 yards per carry with sacks excluded. Either way, the Beavers could not get anything consistent going on the ground. With the pressure on Mannion, he couldn't come through. The Ducks were able to tee off on him, notching six sacks and picking off Mannion twice.
That isn't to say the Ducks were without criticism. With opportunities to score early, the Ducks failed to convert two fourth down conversions in Beaver territory. Darron Thomas did not look sharp and the offensive line was not giving him much help. The Ducks and Beavers were tied 7-7 in the second, before Thomas and the Ducks started clicking, and ended up converting the yards into points with a 28-7 halftime lead. But the Ducks offense controlled the game, racking up 669 yards on an astounding 102 plays, which ties a school record.
On a great note for Duck seniors, David Paulson had a career game, leading the Ducks with 8 catches and a touchdown. Terrell Turner also notched a couple sacks, and Ayele Forde had a much celebrated TD in the 4th quarter.
It's another great day to be a Duck. That makes 4 in a row against the Beavers, and Oregon now has an opportunity to win their 3rd straight conference title against Rick Neuheisel and UCLA, and will likely have a change to give UCLA a losing record and knock them out of a bowl game. But no time for the Ducks to celebrate. Practice starts at 10:15 tomorrow due to the shortened week.
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