6:45 PM ET, November 19, 2005
Autzen Stadium, EUGENE, OR
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- As the fog settled over Autzen Stadium, No. 10 Oregon settled in for an easy season-ending win. Then the waiting began.
The Ducks routed rival Oregon State 56-14 in a fog-shrouded Civil War on Saturday night.
Oregon (10-1, 7-1) must now see how the rest of the season shakes out, including whether top-ranked USC earns a berth in the national championship game, before learning of its own postseason fate.
The Ducks, with 10 wins, could be considered for an at-large BCS invitation.
It is just the second time in school history that the Ducks have won 10 regular-season games. They also won 10 in 2001 when they went to the Fiesta Bowl and finished 11-1 with Joey Harrington at quarterback.
"People think we're weak," defensive end Devan Long said. "Everybody doubts us and doesn't think we're as good as we are. We went out today and proved them wrong."
Oregon State (5-6, 3-5), which lost four of its last five, finished the regular season without the six victories required for bowl eligibility.
The 109th version of the rivalry established in 1894 was shrouded in fog so thick it was difficult at times to see the ball. The public address announcer at Autzen Stadium opened the second half by proclaiming: "Somewhere down there the Ducks will receive."
The Beavers were hobbled before the game began because quarterback Matt Moore injured his right knee in a 20-17 home loss to Stanford last week.
Sophomore Ryan Gunderson was called upon to make his first college start in arguably the biggest game of the season for the Beavers. He completed 22 of 43 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted four times.
"I'm furious. I'm disappointed in myself," Gunderson said. "I wish I could have put the ball in a couple of more people's hands. It's just a couple of mistakes that kill you."
The dual-quarterback system has worked for Oregon, with Leaf taking over in overtime for a victory over California, and Dixon orchestrating the final drive for a last-second field goal to beat Washington State last weekend.
This time, neither needed to come through in the clutch as Oregon built a 28-7 lead by halftime.
Cornerback Aaron Gipson scored on a 60-yard interception return before Dixon hit Terrence Whitehead with a 14-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0 for Oregon.
Stewart opened the second half with a 97-yard kickoff return to score and make it 35-7. He is the first player in school history to have two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a single season.
Gunderson found Josh Hawkins with a 2-yard scoring pass in the third quarter for Oregon State's only other score.
The final touchdown prompted Autzen Stadium fans to chant "B-C-S! B-C-S!"
"Our first goal was just to win," Leaf said. "Once we started to get some points, we thought, `Yeah, let's put up 50. Let's stomp them.' It was a team effort tonight."
Oregon's lone loss this season came to top-ranked USC. Should the Trojans win out and play for the national championship, Oregon could be considered for an at-large BCS bowl bid.
Dixon completed 12 of 17 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Leaf was 5-for-11 for 54 yards.
"We're on cloud nine right now," Demetrius Williams said. "There is no better feeling than beating the Beavers like that, at home, last game, everything."
It was the final college game for Oregon State receiver Mike Hass, a walk-on who is projected by many to be a second-round pick in the NFL draft. Coming into the game, Hass led the nation this season with an average of 142.5 yards receiving. He caught 10 passes for 107 yards against the Ducks.
Hass showed his frustration in the fourth quarter, when tempers flared after a fumble and he was flagged for a personal foul for shoving another player.
The home team has won the Civil War each year since 1997. Oregon's 56 points were the most scored by either team in the series.
Oregon State defeated Oregon 50-21 at Reser Stadium. The victory propelled the Beavers to the Insight Bowl and sent the Ducks home.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... The Ducks didn't waste any time on offense, scoring four touchdowns in the first half for a 28-7 lead.
Gameball goes to... Oregon QB Dennis Dixon, who completed 12 of 17 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat of the game... 10: This marks just the second time in school history that the Ducks have won 10 regular-season games.
The Fan Pick
98.3% of College Pick'em players picked Oregon to win the game.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||11-21||6-11|
|4th Down Conversions||1-4||0-1|
|TD||12:23||AARON GIPSON 60 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)||0||7|
|TD||6:30||TERRENCE WHITEHEAD 14 YD PASS FROM DENNIS DIXON (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 94 yards.
|TD||14:58||YVENSON BERNARD 2 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||10:51||TERRENCE WHITEHEAD 2 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 57 yards.
|TD||3:20||JONATHAN STEWART 1 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||14:45||JONATHAN STEWART 97 YD KICK RETURN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)||7||35|
|TD||6:46||JOSH HAWKINS 2 YD PASS FROM RYAN GUNDERSON (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||3:14||DEMETRIUS WILLIAMS 6 YD PASS FROM DENNIS DIXON (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 90 yards.
|TD||9:16||JAISON WILLIAMS 66 YD PASS FROM DENNIS DIXON (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 77 yards.
|TD||5:52||JEREMIAH JOHNSON 4 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 15 yards.