Oregon faces Oregon State for the 120th meeting in Civil War history on Saturday, Nov. 26. Kickoff from Reser Stadium in Corvallis is set for 1 p.m. PT.
Here’s everything you need to know about today’s football action:
Week 13 — Oregon Ducks (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12) @ Oregon State Beavers (3-8, 2-6 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016
Time: 1:07 p.m. PT
Place: Reser Stadium (Corvallis, Ore.)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: 590AM (Eugene); 750AM/102.9FM (Portland)
Online Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
Follow Along: Live Stats; @AddictedToQuack
Odds: Oregon (-3)
Kickoff Weather: Rainy, 47°
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At A Glance
- Oregon Ducks (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12) — The Ducks are flying high following last week’s improbable upset over No. 11 Utah. Quarterback Justin Herbert found receiver Darren Carrington in the corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown with two seconds remaining to lift Oregon over the Utes, 30-28… The triumph gave Oregon a win over an AP Top 25 team for the 12th straight season… Oregon has scored at least 20 points in 41 straight games, marking the longest active streak in the country… The Ducks will be looking for consecutive wins for the first time since beating UC Davis and Virginia in Weeks 1 and 2… Oregon ranks third in the conference in total offense (501.5ypg), but 11th of 12 teams in total defense (528.2ypg).
- Oregon State Beavers (3-8, 2-6 Pac-12) — The Beavers will be looking to notch back-to-back wins for the first time this season, having beaten Arizona State last week, 42-17. QB Marcus McMaryion threw for 265 yards and five TDs to help the Beavers snap a four-game skid… OSU also picked up wins against Idaho State (Week 3) and Cal (Week 6)… The Beavers have been fairly balanced through the air and on the ground, averaging 180.5 passing yards and 180.9 rushing yards per game… Running back Ryan Nall averages 88.4 rushing yards per game, which is good for fourth in the Pac-12.
- The Ducks are 63-46-10 against the Beavers all-time, having won the past eight straight. Saturday’s game will mark the 120th in Civil War history, which is tied for the fourth-most in FBS history. Through 2016 — Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (126); North Carolina vs. Virginina (121); Cincinnati vs. Miami (OH) (121); Missouri vs. Kansas (120); Civil War (120); Auburn vs. Georgia (120).
In Their Words
Below, you’ll find interviews from Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich and quarterback Justin Herbert, as well as a game preview from Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley of GoDucks.com.
“He’s a load. He’s very difficult to tackle. I think he’s unique,” coach Mark Helfrich said of OSU running back Ryan Nall. “They do such a good job with the misdirection and the fly sweep, and get him in a situation where it’s him and either a DB or a linebacker, somebody in an arm tackle situation, and him versus an arm is usually a bad matchup for the arm. We’ve got to get multiple bodies to him and account for him obviously and the run game, first and foremost, and then fly game is obviously a part of that. (WR Victor Bolden Jr.), (QB Marcus McMaryion), they’re doing a nice job of playing off those guys right now.”
“Just starting better,” quarterback Justin Herbet said when asked what the team needs to improve upon. “We started really slow (against Utah), didn’t put up many points in the first half.”
“Just continue working on my footwork and the timing with the receivers,” Herbert continued when asked about what he’s looking to improve upon on a personal level.
“It’s a tough challenge for those guys too, because the way they incorporate the fly sweep, they’re kind of like a triple-option offense,” said Rob Moseley of GoDucks.com. “You’ve really got to be disciplined in your assignments, and they’ve worked really hard to get the scout team to do some things this week to disguise who’s got the ball. The guys can’t just overcommit to who they think has the ball, get caught guessing, and then lose track of things. They really just try to make sure guys stick to their assignment and don’t go ‘puck-watching,’ as hockey fans would say. We’ll see if that pays dividends.”
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