Oregon State hangs tough, but Oregon still too much in Civil War


Oregon held off a feisty Oregon State team in the Civil War, 52-42.

What the win means for Oregon: The Ducks end the regular season with a win against their in-state rival. It wasn’t the thumping many expected, but a win is a win. Oregon won’t really practice this week and next weekend. It’ll watch Stanford take on USC or UCLA. The bright points from the game: Running back Royce Freeman tallied his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game; quarterback Vernon Adams continued to show he's a great fit for the offense, throwing for 366 yards (the second-most for him this season); the Ducks converted a season-high 67 percent of their third downs; wide receiver Bralon Addison scored three touchdowns.

What the loss means for Oregon State: The season has come to an end, and though it ended in a loss, the Beavers played their best in the season finale. There’s plenty to build on for Gary Andersen, and that’s the silver lining of this season. Even in the games in which many assumed the Beavers to be far outmatched, they had their moments (Oregon, Stanford, Michigan, Cal). But now it’s the offseason, and though the Beavers could desperately use a bowl season’s worth of practices, they won’t get them. Oregon State players need to spend this offseason in the weight room and dive more into Andersen’s playbook.

Play of the game: The Beavers did a good job of sending pressure early, and on one play in the first quarter, LaMone Williams was about to sack Adams. But then -- with Williams dragging on Adams’ ankle -- Adams completed a one-footed pass to Darren Carrington for the first down. Adams has made some really athletic plays this season, but as far as circus throws go, that one was near the top.

Stat of the game: Oregon State scored 43 total points from Oct. 31 to Nov. 21 in losses to Utah, UCLA, Washington and Cal. The Beavers scored 42 against Oregon.