The Ducks took over and wouldn't give the ball back, twice converting on fourth down during the game's gutsy, poised final drive.
One team made plays in the fourth quarter, one team couldn't.
The Beavers, who last played in a Rose Bowl in 1965, now may likely fall all the way to the Las Vegas Bowl, based on how the bowl-selection process will go, despite tying for second in the Pac-10. The Holiday Bowl will select the winner of the USC-Arizona game on Saturday, while the Sun Bowl likely will exercise a "no-repeat" clause and choose a team other than the Beavers, who were in El Paso last year.
“We cannot sit here and sulk," Pankey said. "It did not go our way, but we have one game left.”
Canfield was outstanding in a losing effort. He completed 24 of 36 passes for 306 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It likely will be between him and Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli as to who is named first-team All-Pac-10 quarterback.
"Sean Canfield is the real deal," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "He's the first guy I've seen come into Autzen Stadium and not get rattled."
The Beavers (8-4, 6-3) didn't seemed rattled in the least. They just got beat.
“They were the best tonight," Riley said. "Our conference this year was one of the strongest and most balanced it has ever been.”
Each Civil War loss -- a humiliating blowout in 2008 and a what-might-have-been in 2009 -- hurts in its own way.
The Beavers have nothing to be ashamed of this go-around. But that won't be much consolation when they watch the Ducks take the field opposite Ohio State in the Rose Bowl and they think, "That could have been us."