CORVALLIS — There was little solace for the Oregon State players following a bitterly disappointing 65-38 loss to rival Oregon (9-3, 7-2 Pac-10) on Saturday at Reser Stadium.

CORVALLIS — There was little solace for the Oregon State players following a bitterly disappointing 65-38 loss to rival Oregon (9-3, 7-2 Pac-10) on Saturday at Reser Stadium.

But there was this: The Beavers' Rose Bowl hopes are down but, technically, not out.

Oregon State (8-4, 7-2) could have clinched its first Rose Bowl berth in more than four decades and at least a share of the Pac-10 championship with a victory, but that hope was dashed by the high-powered Ducks' offense.

"It hurts," Oregon State junior quarterback Lyle Moevao said. "That definitely hurts, coming this whole way during the season, being able to play through games we've played through "¦ and not being able to top it off."

Despite the loss, if UCLA (4-7, 3-5) can shock USC (10-1, 7-1) next Saturday, the Beavers will indeed be headed to Pasadena by virtue of a three-way tie atop the conference standings. Tiebreakers will favor Oregon State.

But a USC victory would send the Pac-10 champion Trojans to the Rose Bowl and likely put the Beavers in the Sun Bowl as the Pac-10's No. 3 seed.

"Best of luck to UCLA," Oregon State senior defensive end Slade Norris said.

The Bruins are likely to be considerable underdogs.

"I'm not going to lose any sleep over it," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said of the USC-UCLA matchup.

Riley and the Beavers will have plenty else to ponder in the coming weeks, wherever they play in the postseason.

As the Oregon players rushed to the corner of the end zone to celebrate with a large mob of fans, Oregon State players quickly rushed off their home field and stunned fans, many of whom were carrying roses, sat dejectedly in the stands.

"It's a lot of disappointment," Oregon State senior strong safety Greg Laybourn said. "We knew what was on the line. We didn't look past this by any means, but to come so close to a bowl like that, and play the way we did tonight, is disappointing."

Laybourn said the magnitude of the game was not a factor.

"We've had the pressure on us for weeks now," he said. "We're used to it, and we love it. They just outplayed us."

Riley said there was nothing he could put his finger on regarding the disappointing loss.

"I think our week (of preparation) was very good," Riley said. "Oregon just played better than the Beavers tonight."

He added: "We've been in a playoff mode for six weeks. Tonight the bubble burst."

Yes, but not completely.

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