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  • Anything can happen in the Civil War

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  • History shows that when the Ducks and Beavers meet, things are unpredictable
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    8212; It's that time when it seems like everybody in the state is either a Beaver or a Duck.
    "We don't like the Beavers. I don't like orange and black," Oregon running back Jeremiah Johnson said. "We're the Ducks. To knock them off, I would love it."
    The 110th Civil War between Oregon (7-4, 4-4) and Oregon State (7-4, 5-3) will be decided on Friday at Reser Stadium.
    The rivalry between Stanford and California is the oldest on the West Coast, dating to 1892. But the Civil War has been played 109 times, once more than the so-called Big Game in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    The Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State started in 1900 and has been played 99 times. — Former Oregon State split end Jeff Kolberg (1969-71) summed up the meaning of the Civil War years ago when he recounted a pregame speech that the late Dee Andros delivered to his players in 1970.
    "He said, 'This isn't a game. It's about the right to live in this state. You've got to live here the rest of your life, and you've got to see these guys. It's going to be a hell of a lot easier to see them if you beat the hell out of them,'" Kolberg recalled.
    At the turn of the century, Oregon accused Oregon State of using ringers in the Civil War. In 1910, post-game fistfights canceled the next year's event. And in 1937, Eugene police were called to quell rampaging Oregon State fans.
    Probably the most notorious on-field shenanigan involved Oregon's State so-called "Pyramid Play," now banned by the NCAA.
    It happened in 1933 before a crowd of more than 32,000 at Portland's Multnomah Stadium. The Ducks' extra-point attempt was blocked by Clyde Devine, who was lifted off the field by his teammates.
    Despite Devine's effort, Oregon still won that one, 13-3.
    Some other highlights in the storied rivalry, from past to present:

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