Halftime: Oregon 37, Oregon State 17

November, 29, 2008
11/29/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Wow, this one went all to pieces for Oregon State.

Oregon State's defense, ranked 13th in the nation, entered the day giving up 289 yards per game. The Ducks had 281 with 8:24 left in the second quarter.

They finished the half with 442 and lead 37-17 at the break

Penn State, in its 45-14 win over Oregon State on Sept. 6, only had 454 total yards, the most the Beavers had previously given up this season by 77 yards.

So, yeah, the Beavers defense is having a horrible, rotten day.

Ducks running back Jeremiah Johnson has 203 yards on 12 carries, his biggest chunks coming on runs of 83 and 79 yards.

That almost makes quarterback Jeremiah Masoli's 8 of 14 for 155 yards with a touchdown seem pedestrian.

Things started to turn when a pair of OSU trips inside the Ducks 10 yielded only three points.

Of course, the Ducks saw a pair of impressive drives inside the Beavers 10 end in short field goals, but they also were in the midst of exploding for 20 second-quarter points.

If there is one thing the Beavers can draw hope from it is this: The Ducks led Arizona 45-17 at halftime two weeks ago and barely held on for a 55-45 win.

The Beavers are going to need a miracle to earn their first Rose Bowl invitation in 44 years.

Perhaps coach Mike Riley will go with Sean Canfield in the second half, though Moevao did lead a 48-yard touchdown drive in 34 seconds to close the first half.

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