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Oregon’s Mariota throws 3 TDs to Huff in Civil War victory

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The Civil War really could not have ended any other way. A back-and-forth game from the start, Oregon (10-2, 7-2 Pac 12) managed to come out on top with a late game-winning touchdown lifting the Ducks to a 36-35 victory against Oregon State (6-6, 4-5 Pac 12).

 

The two teams reached halftime with a 17-17 stalemate, and the second half was full of twists and turns. Oregon took a 24-20 lead in to the fourth quarter when Marcus Mariota completed a touchdown pass to Josh Huff from 28 yards out of the end zone. That set the stage for an incredible fourth-quarter effort by the Beavers. The rally started with a field goal to cut the lead to one and was followed just minutes later with Sean Mannion completing his second touchdown pass of the night, this one to Tyler Anderson for a 29-24 lead after a failed two-point conversion attempt.

Oregon responded midway through the fourth quarter when Mariota and Huff hooked up for another touchdown, this one inside the red zone on 4th and 11. Needing just a field goal to take a lead, Oregon State worked their way in to the end zone. Rather than needing to settle for a field goal, Victor Bolden rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown to cap a 74-yard drive on eight plays, giving Oregon State the 35-30 lead. Unfortunately for Oregon State, the defense was unable to hold on to the late lead. Oregon drove right down field on the Beavers and the Mariota-to-Huff combo struck for a third time in the game, giving the Ducks a late 36-35 lead after a failed two-point conversion.

This was a bitter loss for Oregon State of course. Mike Riley‘s program ended their regular season losing five straight games against some of the better teams from around the Pac 12. After a 6-1 start to the year marred only by a season opening loss to FCS Eastern Washington, Oregon State will go limping in to the postseason.

The win by Oregon could end up helping the Pac 12 get two teams in to the BCS bowls. Stanford and Arizona State will play next week for the Pac 12′s automatic BCS bowl spot in the Rose Bowl, but the loser will likely fall out of the mix. With Northern Illinois looking to grab one BCS spot with a win next week in the MAC Championship Game, Oregon could be on the outside looking in on the BCS fun this season.

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8 Responses to “Oregon’s Mariota throws 3 TDs to Huff in Civil War victory”
  1. the8man says: Nov 29, 2013 11:37 PM

    Oregon State chased points too early. You have to wonder how different it would have been if they kicked the PATs instead of going for two.

    Great game. But its always better when it ends with the Beavers on top.

  2. bralinshan says: Nov 30, 2013 1:01 AM

    Oregon is a “No Defense” pretender. Sick of hearing about them every year when they are so soft on the line of scrimmage.

    Until they address their defensive front, I don’t care how many points they score.

  3. gquesen says: Nov 30, 2013 2:00 AM

    Why do college football fans just kick any program when it’s down? I’m looking at you bralinshan. Seriously, if you think their such a fraud, don’t watch. Essentially, you are a negative troll trying to upset people. Give Helfrich time, too, Oregon fans. Not every coach is Chip Kelly.

  4. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 30, 2013 9:51 AM

    At the beginning of the year many proclaimed this team as the best Oregon team ever. They have two losses. Could have been three.

    OSU’s RB should have stopped at the 5 to bleed the clock. I know the Ducks had 3 TO’s at the time, but the Beavs would have had a 1st down, and the Ducks would have had to use all three.

    OSU screwed up a the end.

    The GREATEST Ducks team ever has two losses.

  5. bralinshan says: Nov 30, 2013 10:14 AM

    Actually, I don’t watch Oregon. I prefer real football. Oregon is always overhyped. It happens EVERY season when they start beating inferior teams 66-7 and roll up 650 offensive yards. We then get to watch people saying “yeah, now THIS is finally the Oregon team to win it all” and “watch out Bama, the Ducks are coming for YOU”, etc.
    Oregon is WEAK on the line of scrimmage and that’s where the BEST teams play great football.
    Let the Ducks keep generating hype and rolling it up against inferior teams. The smart football fan knows this story, we’ve all seen the movie many times, and Oregon doesn’t add up at the end of the day.
    That’s reality until proven otherwise…

  6. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 30, 2013 10:35 AM

    We want Stanford

    Scratch that

    We want Arizona

    Scratch that

    Those kids made a killing off of the We Want Bama shirts. Good for them. But, it made their university look silly once they lost. The second loss made that statement even worse.

    Was Huff crying in the 3rd qtr again after dropping a pass?

  7. gquesen says: Nov 30, 2013 10:36 AM

    Um, yeah, the smart internet user knows you’re a troll. Do I think Oregon is going to the playoff next year? No. Am I allowed to encourage my fellow fans? Yes. Do I think Oregon has issues upfront? Absolutely. But what’s lost on many Oregon haters, like you. Is Oregon’s rise is relatively a new development. Admittedly, Oregon doesn’t have the history of an Alabama. But Oregon is developing its own identity. A few bad losses in one season doesn’t change that. Some people just can’t help but be Negative Nancy.

  8. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 30, 2013 6:48 PM

    gquesen says:
    Nov 30, 2013 10:36 AM
    Um, yeah, the smart internet user knows you’re a troll. Do I think Oregon is going to the playoff next year? No. Am I allowed to encourage my fellow fans? Yes. Do I think Oregon has issues upfront? Absolutely. But what’s lost on many Oregon haters, like you. Is Oregon’s rise is relatively a new development. Admittedly, Oregon doesn’t have the history of an Alabama. But Oregon is developing its own identity. A few bad losses in one season doesn’t change that. Some people just can’t help but be Negative Nancy.
    ********************
    Oregon cannot win the important game. They always lose when it matters most. Good for them that O state screwed up at the end and left too much time on the clock. If the lost the P10 championship, off the the Holiday they go.

    This is, what many stated at the beginning of the year, Oregon’s best team ever?

    Congrats on Oregon’s 2 loss best team ever.

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