Civil War

Civil War fever ready to grip the state

Both Oregon and Oregon State showed they can play to the nation Saturday
Sept. 24, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

The University of Oregon has been a staple of the Associated Press national rankings for most of the past three years, and is a regular part of the Top 5 among national voters.

Oregon State?

With a 27-20 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl and on ABC, the Beavers showed off they can beat a nationally-ranked team for the second time this season, and with a dominating defense that gave up only a few big plays - not consistent drives.

Both Oregon and OSU earned rankings Sunday, Oregon up one spot to No. 2 and the Beavers moving from a few votes to No. 18 showing that much of the nation paid attention to not only the final score, but how the final score of Saturday's game came about.

OSU's got a defense and a savvy offense that can put together consistent drives.

Put the two Oregon schools together, and you can start to look at their schedules and ponder thatNov. 24 game - Oregon at Oregon State. The Civil War. Will that be the game that sends an Oregon school to the Pac-12 title game for the second-straight year?

Stanford appears as the main test having moved to No. 8 after its win over No. 3 USC two weeks ago.

USC dropped to No. 13, but looks like the team that will win the Pac-12 South and be the opponent in the title game.

UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State all received votes in the poll Sunday.

Stanford gives the Pac-12 North a trio of ranked teams and a pair of exciting contests: OSU at Stanford, Nov. 10, and Nov. 17, Stanford at Oregon.



Sept. 29, at Washington State

Oct. 6, Washington

Oct. 18, at Arizona State

Oct. 27, Colorado

Nov. 3, at USC

Oct. 10, at California

Oct. 17, Stanford

Oct. 24, at Oregon State



Sept. 29, at Arizona

Oct. 6, Washington State

Oct. 13, at Brigham Young

Oct. 20, Utah

Oct. 27, at Washington

Nov. 3, Arizona State

Nov. 10, at Stanford

Nov. 17, California

Nov. 24, Oregon

Dce. 1, Nicholls State


Manning, Madonna, Boyd, and Gatorade, too

SPORTSLAND 86 delves into the issues of the day, including prop bets
Jan. 31, 2012

It's the week before the Superbowl, and the Sportsland, Oregon has the preview episode that covers all the bases, from predictions to prop bets.

The cast starts off discussing the Timbers' new addition, Kris Boyd, the all-time leading goal scorer in the Scottish Premier League. What's his move to the Timbers mean for soccer in the Northwest?

From one local professional team they move on to the other, breaking down the Blazers' inconsistencies over the past week and assessing how bad Nick Batum's knee injury may turn out to be after another road loss.

Then, after some basketball Civil War talk and Signing Day thoughts, it's finally time for Superbowl predictions.  The guys give their thoughts on who the winners and losers will be, then break down their favorite prop bets, including the length of the National Anthem and what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach.  

All that, plus the usual segments, including What Plucks My Duck and What Makes Your Beaver Eager, all of it recorded at Portland's Blitz in the Pearl Restaurant.



Beavers race past Oregon in Civil War

OSU rallies behind Cunningham, wins women's game, too
Jan. 29, 2012

Jared Cunningham delivered for Oregon State Sunday as expected - in the second half.

Held to just thee points in the first half, the Pac-12's leading scorer tossed in 24 points in the second half to power the Beavers to a 76-71 upset of Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena.

OSU trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, but rallied early in the second half, led by as many as 12 points themselves and fended off an Oregon rally to win.

The Beavers were outrebounded 40-29 and had 10 shots blocked, but outshot the Ducks 30-24 at the free-throw line and pressured Oregon into a 6-of-30 performance on 3-point attempts.

The Ducks got 26 points from Devoe Joseph and 16 from E.J. Singler, but normally steady Garret Sim went just 2 of 11 from the field and finished with just five points.

Oregon missed a chance to remain tied for the conference lead and dropped to 15-6, 6-3 in Pac-12 games.

Oregon State improved to 14-7, 4-5.

The Beavers trailed 22-12 late in the first half, but just 26-23 at halftime. They used a 22-4 run in the second half to build a 61-49 lead before Oregon rallied to within 73-70 and had a chance to tie with 45 seconds left. But Singler missed a 3-point attempt and the Ducks turned the ball over after an offensive rebound.

Oregon finished with 23 turnovers, a season high.



Freshman Ali Gibson scored 23 points to lead the Beavers past the Ducks in the women's half of the Civil War Saturday at Gill Coliseum.

Patricia Bright finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Sage Indendi added 14 points for the Beavers, who improved to 13-7, 4-5.

Oregon got 16 points from Amanda Johnson, but fell to 11-10, 3-6.


Ducks are red hot as they roll into Civil War week

4CAST: Oregon's sweep of LA schools has it tied for Pac-12 lead
MONDAY / Jan. 23, 2012

The Oregon Ducks will play host to Oregon State Sunday in the first Civil War of the men's basketball season and tip-off with their first four-game win streak in Pac-12 play in five years.

Oregon swept the Los Angeles schools at home a week after sweeping the Arizona schools on the road and is 15-5 overall, 6-2 in conference play, and tied for the conference lead with California.

Oregon State enters the game with season momentum as well after also sweeping the LA schools, including a 78-59 humbling of USC Saturday. The Beavers had four players in double figures led by Jared Cunningham's 18, and improved to 13-7, 3-5.

The Ducks rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat UCLA 75-68 Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena behind EJ Singler, who scored a career-high 26 points, and Garret Sim, who added 20, including a 7-0 run during the 13-0 run that started the second half. The Oregon rally also got a huge assist with a pair of blocks from center Tony Woods. Singler made 16 of 17 free throws in the game.

Oregon outscored UCLA at the foul line by 18 points, hitting 28 of 32 free throws, while the Bruins made just 10 of 21.

Oregon State fueled its win Saturday with 10 steals, but the Beavers made just 12 of 21 free-throw attempts.

In other highlights for this week, the Trail Blazers return to the Rose Garden for games Monday against Sacramento and Tuesday against Memphis.

The Winterhawks also return to Portland for a Tuesday-night game against Everett after consecutive losses in Spokane over the weekend.

And, the Portland Timbers open their second season in Major League Soccer with training camp Monday at Jeld-Wen Field.



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Timbers open training camp

Winterhawks face Everett Tuesday



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Hey Beavs, thanks for helping the Ducks make ABC happy

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 5:47pm
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They sure did their part to make the Civil War interesting - those Oregon Ducks.

Yes, Oregon State put up a fight, especially in their "Giant Killer" unis, and on their home turf. But, the Ducks made ABC happy with turnovers, a missed field goal, even praying as the fourth quarter began - when the game was at its most dramatic.

Heck, if OSU coach Mike Riley was a gambler of any kind and had gone for a touchdown on fourth down to try to pull within 23-17, what a game that would have been. But, Riley went for the sure field goal, and a brutal pass interference penalty gave the Ducks the little relief they needed to move to a 37-20 win and a sure spot in the BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 10, in Glendale, Ariz.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly called for a fake punt at his own 25, and it worked.

OSU coach Mike Riley called for a field goal on fourth-and-goal at the Oregon 5. The field goal worked, but three points didn't put the kind of pressure on the Ducks that a touchdown would have.

So, onto The Natty for the Ducks, who used up that fake punt for that game. Auburn won't fall for that.

Darron Thomas's leadership vs. Cam Newton's leadership.

LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner vs. whoever Auburn has in its backfield besides Newton.

Jeff Maehl vs. whoever catches the passes for Auburn when Newton doesn't run.

Oregon's defense vs. Newton.

Oregon State played its role of showing off the holes in Oregon's juggernaut offense, and helped showcase Oregon's defense.

There's five weeks to prep for Oregon (representing the Beavers state - bring the OSU fans along) vs. Auburn (it's actually a city, located about an hour from Birmingham). Auburn has Alabama as its big rival, so the game is between the two states - Oregon vs. Alabama.

Congrats Oregon: Chip Kelly, Nick Aliotti, all the Autzen Stadium faithful, Uncle Phil Knight, it goes on. Wow, what a season.

Now, it's time to learn a lot more about Cam Newton.


Civil War Pregame Prefunk

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 1:02pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

What’s on the line
There’s a lot at stake for both Oregon and Oregon State heading into this year’s 114th Civil War. For the #2 ranked Ducks, of course, it’s all about taking care of business against an inferior opponent and locking down a spot in the national championship game.

The spoils of a victory would be a bit different for the Beavers, but in a sense, the stakes are just as high. OSU currently sits at five wins on the season, and an upset victory today--no matter how unlikely--would make the embattled Beavs bowl eligible. Lose and the season is over; win and you not only get a bowl game, but you get the personal pleasure of ending your arch rival’s championship dreams.

Civil War history lesson
The Ducks lead the all time series against the Beavers with a record of 57-46-10. Believe it or not, at 25-18-5, Oregon actually has a slightly higher winning percentage in Corvallis against OSU than at home. The Ducks have dominated the Beavs of late, going 25-9-1 against their neighbors from the north since 1975.

Yeah, the Ducks are pretty good
- Oregon’s 555 points so far this year is a program record.
- If the Ducks win today, they’ll become the only Pac-10 school to go undefeated in conference play since the most recent 9-game schedule was introduced in 2006.
- Sophomore RB LaMichael James is 175 yards short of surpassing Jonathan Stewart’s school record of 1,722, which has stood since 2007.

Giant killers?

If OSU somehow finds a way to knock off the Ducks, they would cement their status as giant killers in the past few years. They knocked #1 USC off in 2008, of course. But don’t forget about 2007, when the Beavs knocked #2 Cal out of the national picture, or 2006, when they upset yet another highly ranked USC team. Will they pull an upset off this game? Probably not, but never say never with the Beavers.

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