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Seniors Lead Ducks Past Oregon State, 56-14
Courtesy: Associated Press
Release Date: 11/19/2005
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Freshman Jonathan Stewart had a pair of touchdowns, including a 97-yard kickoff return to open the second half, and 10th-ranked Oregon dominated rival Oregon State 56-14 in a foggy edition of the Civil War on Saturday night.

Stewart also ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first half as Oregon (10-1, 7-1) won its seventh straight game and kept hopes for an at-large BCS bowl invitation alive.

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 quarterback.

Oregon State (5-6, 3-5), which lost four of its last five, finishes 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 receive.''

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.

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.

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 Stewart's 1-yard dash.

Stewart opened the second half with his long kickoff return to make it 35-7.

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!''

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.

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.

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

The home team has won the Civil War each year since 1997.

GAME NOTES

Today’s crowd of 58,525 marked Oregon’s 42nd consecutive sellout at Autzen Stadium. It was also the third-largest crowd in Autzen Stadium history, as well as the largest to witness a Civil War game.

The 56 points scored by Oregon set a record for most points scored by either team in the series, surpassing the 50 points scored by Oregon State in last year’s 50-21 OSU victory. The margin of victory, 42 points was Oregon’s largest since a 44-0 win in 1987.

Senior cornerback Aaron Gipson had his sixth and seventh interceptions of the season to move to a tie for fifth all-time on the UO interceptions list with 13 career picks.

With 18 completions today, Oregon broke the single season record for completions 278, breaking the mark of 260 set in 1995.

With 81 rushing yards today, running back Terrence Whitehead moved to second all-time with (2,781) career rushing yards, surpassing Sean Burwell (1990-93/2,758).

Demetrius Williams’ caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season to tie the Oregon single-season record held by Tony Hartley (1999), Cristin McLemore (1993) and Bobby Moore (1969).

Williams, who had five catches for 82 yards today, also moved to sixth on the single season receiving yardage list, passing Tony Hartley (1999/1,015) with 1,032 yards. Williams becomes the seven 1,000-yard receiver in school history.

Jonathan Stewart’s second kickoff return for a touchdown this season went for 97 yards, which is the fourth-longest in school history. He also became the first player in Oregon history to record two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same season.

Oregon matched its school record for most regular season wins (10), marking just the second time in school history that the Ducks have won 10 games in the regular season (2001)

The Ducks improved to 24-10 in the month of November under head coach Mike Bellotti. Oregon is now 15-2 at Autzen Stadium during the month, and for fifth time under Bellotti, Oregon finished with a perfect November record (1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2005).

 

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