No. 16 Oregon State Falls To No. 5 Oregon, 48-24
Nov. 24, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 16 Oregon State Beavers and the No. 5 Oregon Ducks renewed their rivalry Saturday afternoon at Reser Stadium in the 116th Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, the NW Ford Dealers, McDonald’s and Wells Fargo. In front of a school-record crowd of 47,249, the Ducks prevailed, 48-24, in only the fourth Civil War to feature both teams in the national rankings.
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion engineered three scoring drives with key plays against the fourth-best pass defense in the Pac-12. He led the Beavers to a 7-6 lead late in the first quarter. After a completion to Markus Wheaton for 15 yards, Mannion hit Brandin Cooks down the right seam for 40 yards to the Oregon 15. Two plays later, Storm Woods went off right tackle for a 7-yard score to cap the four-play, 55-yard drive to give the Beavers a one-point lead.
The Beavers had the Ducks in a fourth-and-seven situation on the next possession, but Marcus Mariota avoided a sack and completed a pass for eight yards and a first down. De’Anthony Thomas ended the drive with a two-yard touchdown run to make it 13-7 Oregon.
Kenjon Barner made it 20-7 with a 1-yard touchdown run, but the Beavers cut into the deficit with a 36-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. After a penalty forced the Beavers into a fourth-and-eight play, Mannion found Connor Hamlett for 14 yards to put the Beavers into field goal range. Mannion then hit Woods and Wheaton to set up Romaine’s successful try as the seconds ticked away.
Oregon State built on that momentum with the first possession of the second half. Wheaton got behind the Oregon secondary for a 37-yard gain to the 2-yard line to set up Woods’ second scoring run. With the PAT, the Beavers were within three, 20-17, with 10:41 to play in the third quarter. Wheaton finished with seven grabs for 98 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark in his senior season. In joining Cooks with more than 1,000 yards, they become the first Oregon State duo to do so since James Newson and Mike Hass in 2003. Wheaton’s 76 receptions this season are a career high the seventh-best total for a Beaver receiver in school history.
The ensuing drive proved to be the turning point in the game. The Ducks overcame multiple penalties, including a personal foul on Thomas. After Mariota converted a fourth-and-two at the OSU 15, Thomas made up for his penalty with a 5-yard score to make it 27-17 midway through the third. The Beavers muffed the ensuing kickoff and Thomas went 29 yards on a fourth down play to push the advantage to 34-17. The Ducks added two more scores before Mannion found Micah Hatfield in the final minute to close the scoring.
Mannion finished 31-for-49 with 311 yards, and the touchdown to Hatfield tied him with Matt Moore for fifth in the record books for a career with 29. Woods had 70 yards on 16 carries and the two scores.