Beavers are biggest backers of the Bruins
CORVALLIS — Their Rose Bowl hopes now out of their hands, the Oregon State Beavers will root for UCLA.
Oregon (9-3, 7-2 Pacific-10 Conference) soundly defeated Oregon State (8-4, 7-2) Saturday in the 112th Civil War, 65-38.
With a win, the Beavers would have been headed to Pasadena on New Year's Day for a rematch against Penn State, which beat them in September.
Oregon State still has a chance to play in its first Rose Bowl since the 1964 season, but it's a slim one. If the Bruins upset No. 5 USC on Saturday, it would set up a three-way tie for the Pac-10 title between the Trojans, Beavers and Ducks. Oregon State would win the complicated tiebreaker.
Should the Trojans beat UCLA, they'll win the Rose Bowl berth. Oregon would probably be headed to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 30. Oregon State would likely be go to the Sun Bowl in El Paso on Dec. 31.
The bowl pairings will be announced Dec. 7.
As a result of their Civil War victory, Oregon moved up three spots in the rankings to No. 16. Oregon State dropped from No. 17 to No. 25.
The Beavers were understandably disappointed about the likelihood of playing in a non-BCS bowl.
"Obviously it's hard to get excited about that when you knew you had something like the (Rose Bowl) possible," quarterback Lyle Moevao said.
The Ducks, meanwhile, were relishing the Civil War.
Last season, Oregon State defeated Oregon 38-31 in double overtime at Autzen Stadium. So Saturday's victory at Reser was payback, with the added twist of all but knocking the Beavers out of the Rose Bowl.
"They came in last year and won a heartbreaker. So we had that on our back all year. It feels just amazing right now," Oregon receiver Jeff Maehl said.
It was the highest scoring game in the Civil War rivalry. The Beavers had never allowed an opponent as many points.
The loss snapped Oregon State's six-game winning streak, and an eight-game streak at Reser.
The Beavers were without freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who led the conference in rushing (113.9 yards a game) and was 12th in the nation going into the Civil War.
He injured his shoulder early in Oregon State's 19-17 victory over Arizona and was ruled out of the game despite pleas to coach Mike Riley.
Moevao, who sat out of the game against Arizona because of a shoulder injury, completed 27 of 51 passes for 374 yards and a career-high five touchdowns for the Beavers. He threw two interceptions.
Not having Rodgers, known as Quizz, hurt the Beavers, Moevao said.
"Yeah, I think it would have been a lot different. We knew they were going to key in our fly sweep and stack the box when we ran," he said. "It's just unfortunate that they were able to pull it off."
Jeremiah Masoli completed 11 of 17 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks, who were coming off a bye. Jeremiah Johnson ran for 219 yards and a score.
Oregon had 694 yards in total offense, and won despite 15 penalties for 129 yards. The Beavers racked up 463 yards in total offense.
The Ducks, who won in Corvallis for the first time since 1996, now lead the Civil War series 56-46-10.