(13) Oregon State 33

(8-4, 6-3 Pac-12)

(7) Oregon 37

(10-2, 8-1 Pac-12)

Coverage: ESPN

9:00 PM ET, December 3, 2009

Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR

1 2 3 4 T
#13ORST 10 13 10 033
#7ORE 14 7 13 337

Top Performers

Passing: S. Canfield (ORST) - 306 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. James (ORE) - 25 CAR, 166 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Rodgers (ORST) - 10 REC, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Ducks win Civil War, secure first Rose Bowl berth since 1995

Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon's thorny start has come up roses.

Redshirt freshman LaMichael James ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns Thursday night to send No. 7 Oregon to the Rose Bowl with a 37-33 victory over Oregon State (No. 16 BCS, No. 13 AP) in the Civil War.

Fast Facts

• Oregon clinched its first Rose Bowl berth since the 1994 season (1995 Rose Bowl).

• The Ducks rushed for 288 yards. Freshman LaMichael James accounted for 166 yards.

• Running back LeGarrette Blount ran for 51 yards and reached the end zone for the first time since last season's Holiday Bowl win over Oklahoma State.

• The Ducks have won seven of their last eight Civil War meetings in Eugene.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Oregon (10-2, 8-1) claimed the Pac-10 championship with the victory, ending USC's seven-season hold on the conference title. The Ducks, who have not been to the Rose Bowl since 1995, will face Ohio State in Pasadena on New Year's Day.

LeGarrette Blount, who hadn't played since throwing a punch after Oregon's season-opening loss to Boise State, returned to the field and scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter.

Afterward, fans thrust red roses into his hands.

"This means everything to me," he said. "I'm kind of at a loss for words."

The victory capped a stunning turnabout from the Ducks' 19-8 crash on the blue turf in Boise. Oregon had just one other stumble this season -- a 51-42 loss at Stanford -- en route to the school's fifth Rose Bowl appearance.

"I think our team was always capable of this greatness," said quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who threw for 201 yards and a score.

Pop Quizz

Despite Thursday's Civil War loss, Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers set a school record with his 20th rushing touchdown of the season, passing former Beavers greats Ken Simonton and Steven Jackson. Here's a look at the list:

Player TD Year
Jacquizz Rodgers 20 2009
Ken Simonton 19 1999
Ken Simonton 19 2000
Steven Jackson 19 1999

Oregon State (8-4, 6-3) was vying for its first Rose Bowl berth since the 1964 season. The Beavers will have to wait until the rest of the Pac-10 wraps up the season to find out which bowl they will play in.

It was the first time the annual rivalry was a winner-takes-all path to Pasadena.

After the game the Duck mascot clutched a bouquet of roses as he was lifted above the fans who rushed the field at Autzen Stadium. Players donned green T-shirts emblazoned with a yellow "O" and the Rose Bowl logo.

Sean Canfield threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers. Jacquizz Rodgers, the Pac-10's second-leading rusher behind Stanford's Toby Gerhart with an average of 119.4 yards a game, rushed for just 64 yards and a score.

Oregon State had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth but Canfield threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-15 from the Oregon 28.

"We were all confident with the call," Canfield said. "It was a great call. We have a lot of playmakers on offense and I thought it was the right decision. We just couldn't get it done."

Masoli took over with more than 6 minutes left and ran out the clock with an impressive drive that featured two fourth-down conversions. He absorbed a hit during a 6-yard scramble on fourth-and-3 and pitched it to Kenjon Barner to set up a 4-yard run on fourth-and-2 that allowed the Ducks to finish it off.

It was a disappointing end for Oregon State, which hung tough for much of the night behind Canfield, Rodgers and his older brother, James.

"It's never easy to come, fight hard, you put yourself in the position you've worked for all season and you let it slip through your fingers," linebacker Keith Pankey said. "It hurts"

Justin Kahut kicked three field goals in the first half, Jacquizz Rodgers had a 1-yard run for his school-record 20th rushing TD this season and James Rodgers had a 28-yard touchdown reception with 14 seconds left in the half to give the Beavers a 23-21 lead.

Masoli hit Jeff Maehl for a 73-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter. Maehl has caught a scoring pass in the past three Civil Wars.

Canfield's 9-yard TD pass to Casey Kjos made it 30-21 early in the third before Blount sparked Oregon's comeback. He had a 12-yard score to pull the Ducks within two points and finished with 51 yards rushing.

Blount was suspended for the season after he punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the aftermath of the Ducks' loss on Sept. 3. He missed eight games, but was kept on scholarship and allowed to practice with the team.

Blount was reinstated in mid-November after meeting certain academic and behavior conditions set by coach Chip Kelly.

"Last home game at Autzen Stadium, and he's a senior," James said about Blount. "I'm happy for him."

Blount ran for 1,002 yards last season. After his suspension, James stepped into his place, rushing for a Pac-10 freshman record 1,476 yards this season.

Thursday night's game was his seventh straight with more than 100 yards.

"He's an awesome kid," Kelly said of James. "He's just got that second gear."

Kahut's fourth field goal made it 33-28, but James had a 52-yard scoring run late in the third. Oregon's 2-point conversion failed, and Morgan Flint kicked a 34-yard field goal with 10:13 left for the final margin.

"You have to have a short memory in this game," Masoli said. "You can't let a start get to you."

Last season Oregon State was headed to the Rose Bowl with a victory in the Civil War. But the Ducks came to Reser Stadium and romped to a 65-38 victory. The year before, the Beavers visited Autzen and won 38-31 in the second overtime.

"It's tough to swallow," Canfield said of missing out on a trip to Pasadena for the second straight season. "I said earlier it was such a great football environment, everything I thought it would be. I'm just disappointed."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1825
Total Yards389489
3rd Down Conversions5-144-10
4th Down Conversions1-23-3

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD11:21Jacquizz Rodgers 1 Yd Run (Justin Kahut Kick) 70
TD08:14LaMichael James 1 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 77
FG05:09Justin Kahut 40 Yd 107
TD03:46Jeff Maehl 73 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Morgan Flint Kick) 1014
FG07:20Justin Kahut 28 Yd 1314
FG04:30Justin Kahut 29 Yd 1614
TD01:19LaMichael James 6 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 1621
TD00:14James Rodgers 28 Yd Pass From Sean Canfield (Justin Kahut Kick) 2321
TD10:51Casey Kjos 9 Yd Pass From Sean Canfield (Justin Kahut Kick) 3021
TD05:45LeGarrette Blount 12 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 3028
FG02:28Justin Kahut 45 Yd 3328
TD01:20LaMichael James 52 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 3334
FG10:13Morgan Flint 34 Yd 3337