Saturday, November 26, 2011
Halftime: Oregon 28, Oregon State 7
By Ted Miller
Oregon got off to a fast start, stalled, then hit the accelerator in the first half of the Civil War against Oregon State.
The Ducks jumped ahead 7-0 after Beavers QB Sean Mannion threw an interception on the game's first possession. Then they were stopped three times on fourth downs in Oregon State territory. But when the Beavers tied the game on a 58-yard TD from Mannion to Jovan Stevenson, Oregon awoke.
The Ducks scored TDs on drives of 79, 80 and 75 yards. Each ended with a TD pass from Darron Thomas.
Oregon outgained Oregon State 394-125 in the first half. The Ducks defense so dominated -- other than the long TD play -- that Oregon is actually ahead in time of possession: 17:23 to 12:37. That almost never happens.
The Ducks have 20 first downs, Oregon State just four. LaMichael James has 109 yards rushing on 18 carries. He scored the Ducks first TD.
It appears, despite the sputtering period, that Oregon is well on its way to winning its fourth consecutive Civil War for the first time since 1994-97.