Oregon football rushes to rivalry win over Oregon State
EUGENE — After taking a week off from rushing the ball, Oregon football got back to the ground game against rival Oregon State in the two teams' 125th meeting Saturday, Nov. 27.
The Ducks rushed the ball 39 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns to capture the Pac-12 North Division title with the 38-29 win over the Beavers. Oregon now leads the overall series with a 67-48-10 record.
Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. diced the OSU defense all game long with the option game and had arguably his best game of the season with 83 rushing yards on 14 carries and one score, plus a 23-for-28 day passing for 275 yards and two more TDs.
Brown's rushing numbers were only part of the story as a couple late third-down rushes in the fourth quarter helped seal the win. The Ducks went 10 for 13 on third down conversions to sustain their drives and keep their rushers attacking.
Oregon finishes improves to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in conference play to earn a trip to the Pac-12 title game and a rematch with Utah after the Utes embarrassed the Ducks last week, 38-7.
The Ducks on Saturday, though, dominated from the jump, taking the opening possession of the game into the end zone on a Travis Dye 20-yard rush on fourth down.
Oregon State was stopped and the Ducks wasted little time finding the end zone again on a 50-yard TD pass from Brown to Devon Williams. Williams finished with six catches for 110 yards and the one score.
The two sides traded field goals before Brown took in a 10-yard rush right before halftime to make it 24-3 Ducks and the score was closer than it actually felt.
OSU scored on the opening drive of the second half, but failed on a 2-point conversion that was blown up by Oregon star Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Oregon scored once more on a 7-yard TD pass from Brown to Kris Hutson, while the Beavers added on a B.J. Baylor 4-yard TD to make it 31-15 after a second missed 2-point conversion.
Those misses loomed large after the Beavers recovered an onside kick and scored to make it 31-21 with 8:28 left in the game. Needing to make it a one possession game, OSU went for two a third time and came up empty again.
Then, Brown put the game on ice with a big throw over the middle of the field, on third down, to jumpstart a Ducks drive that ended with Dye's second TD of the game from one yard out to seal the 38-21 win. Dye finished with 99 yards on 20 carries plus the two scores.
OSU added on a late score on a 1-yard Chance Nolan rush and scored on the 2-point attempt. The Beavers QB finished with 308 yards on 25 for 39 passing with two TDs and one interception on a deep pass to the end zone to end the first half.
Baylor was the Beavers' leading rusher with 59 yards on 13 carries and one score. OSU tight end Luke Musgrave made seven catches for 85 yards and one TD.
The Ducks finished with 506 total yards compared to the Beavers' 393.
Oregon gets a chance at its third consecutive Pac-12 title and a second shot at Utah. The Pac-12 title game will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. It will be televised by ABC.
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