7:07 PM ET, November 29, 2008
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Jacquizz Rodgers watched solemnly on the sideline wearing his No. 1 jersey over his street clothes as Oregon State's Rose Bowl aspirations slipped away.
Rodgers, the Beavers' wily freshman running back who was not able to play in the game because of a shoulder injury, walked quietly off the field afterward with his older brother and teammate, James. Oregon State cornerback Keenan Lewis laid on the turf, staring at the sky in disbelief, until two of his teammates finally helped him up.
A win would have sent the No. 17 Beavers (8-4, 7-2 Pac-10) to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1964 season.
Instead, Oregon State will have to wait to see if UCLA can upset No. 5 USC on Dec. 6. Should the Bruins win, the Beavers would share a three-way tie for the conference title with the Trojans and the Ducks, and Oregon State would have the tiebreaker for the Rose Bowl.
• The Ducks put a serious dent in Oregon State's Pac-10 title hopes by dropping 65 points on the Beavers, the most any Oregon State team has ever allowed. Oregon had 694 total yards, 385 on the ground and 309 through the air.
• Oregon running back Jeremiah Johnson carried 15 times for 219 yards and a touchdown. LeGarrette Blount added 112 yards and a score for the Ducks.
• The 103 combined points is the most in the series' history. The Beavers now must hope that UCLA upsets USC next Saturday, which would allow give State the Pac-10 title.
-- ESPN research
"To go out and ruin somebody's dreams like that, it feels real good," Oregon receiver Jaison Williams said.
It was the most points the Beavers had ever allowed.
"We as team wanted this championship so bad and the city of Corvallis has been behind us the whole way. I feel awful we couldn't bring that in," Oregon State defensive lineman Slade Norris said.
The loss snapped Oregon State's eight-game winning streak at Reser.
Jacquizz Rodgers, who leads the conference in rushing (averaging 113.9 yards a game) and is 12th in the nation, injured his shoulder early in Oregon State's 19-17 victory over Arizona last weekend and was ruled out of the game despite pleas to coach Mike Riley.
His brother James, who the Beavers turned to in the victory over Arizona, was held in check, with seven carries for 56 yards.
Lyle 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.
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 lead the series 56-46-10, but had not won in Corvallis since 1996.
The Ducks jumped out in front on Masoli's 17-yard scoring pass to Jeff Maehl and Morgan Flint's 38-yard field goal.
Oregon State's Jeremy Francis caught a short pass from Moevao and then shook off two defenders as he rumbled into the end zone for a 20-yard scoring reception to make it 10-7.
But Oregon answered on the next series with LeGarrette Blount's 9-yard touchdown run. It was his 16th rushing TD this season, a new school record. Flint added 22-yard field goal to put Oregon ahead 20-7.
Justin Kahut missed a 21-yard field goal for the Beavers, but made a 24-yarder on the Oregon State's next series.
After Morgan Flint's 25-yard field goal, Johnson ran 83 yards for a score and Walter Thurmond added a 40-yard interception return, making it 37-10 for the Ducks and utterly silencing Reser Stadium's record crowd of 46,319.
Johnson ran for 203 yards in the first half alone.
After Masoli had a 14-yard keeper TD for Oregon, Morales grabbed a 10-yard pass from Moevao.
Terence Scott turned a short reception into a 76-yard TD for a score to make it 51-31 for Oregon to start the fourth quarter, but Moevao found Brady Camp with a 2-yard scoring pass with 8:34 left, making it 51-38.
Masoli hit Ed Dickson with a 45-yard scoring pass with just under four minutes left, then Oregon finished the Beavers off with Spencer Paysinger's 70-yard interception return for a touchdown.
"Oh it's terribly disappointing. It's been a long time since we had a locker room where we've lost a game and this one is doubly hard," Riley said.
Oregon State fans were gracious in the loss, and more than 100 stayed afterward to applaud the Beavers as the left the team's Valley Football Center. One young boy held a sign that said, "We're so proud of you."
Earlier in the season, Oregon State defeated then-No. 1 USC 27-21, and the Beavers were a win away from riding that victory against the Trojans to Pasadena.
"It definitely hurts coming this whole way during the season, playing through the games we had to play through and then not being able to top it off," Moevao said.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Jeremiah Masoli hit Ed Dickson for a 45-yard touchdown to put the Ducks up 58-38 in the fourth.
Gameball goes to... Jeremiah Johnson, who sprinted past the Beavers for 219 yards and a touchdown.
Stat of the game... 693. Oregon's offense blistered Oregon State for 693 yards of total offense.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||8-15||8-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-1|
|TD||10:41||Jeffrey Maehl 17 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Morgan Flint Kick)||7||0|
|FG||06:07||Morgan Flint 38 Yd||10||0|
|TD||02:22||Jeremy Francis 20 Yd Pass From Lyle Moevao (Justin Kahut Kick)||10||7|
|TD||01:53||LeGarrette Blount 9 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick)||17||7|
|FG||08:24||Morgan Flint 22 Yd||20||7|
|FG||05:41||Justin Kahut 24 Yd||20||10|
|FG||02:13||Morgan Flint 25 Yd||23||10|
|TD||00:58||Jeremiah Johnson 83 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick)||30||10|
|TD||00:43||Walter Thurmond III 40 Yd Interception Return (Morgan Flint Kick)||37||10|
|TD||00:09||Shane Morales 11 Yd Pass From Lyle Moevao (Justin Kahut Kick)||37||17|
|TD||08:35||Joe Halahuni 3 Yd Pass From Lyle Moevao (Justin Kahut Kick)||37||24|
|TD||06:02||Jeremiah Masoli 14 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick)||44||24|
|TD||02:45||Shane Morales 10 Yd Pass From Lyle Moevao (Justin Kahut Kick)||44||31|
|TD||14:19||Terence Scott 76 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Morgan Flint Kick)||51||31|
|TD||08:34||Brady Camp 2 Yd Pass From Lyle Moevao (Justin Kahut Kick)||51||38|
|TD||03:59||Ed Dickson 45 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Morgan Flint Kick)||58||38|
|TD||02:49||Spencer Paysinger 70 Yd Interception Return (Morgan Flint Kick)||65||38|