NWAACC battle stays hot

Five teams battle for four playoff spots in Southern Division
Feb. 15, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The Portland Panthers overcame a 10-point deficit in the final eight minutes of their game with Lane Saturday and moved another step closer to the school's first-ever playoff berth. But, with three games left in the regular season, the playoffs are still a long way off.

Portland got 26 points and 14 rebounds from Warren Edmonson and outscored Lane 34-6 in points off turnovers to win 72-66 on their home court. Kidus Ephrem added 15 points for the Panthers, who trailed 58-48 with 8:03 left.

The win kept the Panthers tied with Southwestern Oregon for first place in the Southern Region with an 8-3 record, and bumped the Titans into sixth place at 6-5.

Three teams: Mount Hood, Chemeketa and Clackamas; are tied for third heading into the final three games, which will be played Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.



Texas holds its ground against Beavers

OSU doesn't trail until the final two minutes of 31-27 loss in the Alamo Bowl
Dec. 29, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - A 10-point lead in the fourth quarter wasn't enough to stop an inspired effort from the Texas Longhorns, who rallied to beat Oregon State 31-27 in the Alamo Bowl Saturday at the Alamodome.

The Beavers, who entered ranked No. 15 in the nation, got 118 yards and pair of touchdowns from Storm Woods and a pair of field goals from Trevor Romaine, but couldn't sustain a drive when needed and missed their chance at a 10-win season.

David Ash threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin with 2:24 left in the game for the go-ahead points, completing the comeback from a 27-17 deficit.

OSU earned the lead on a two-yard run by Woods with nine seconds left in the third quarter.

The Beavers finished at 9-4 on the year, after winning their first six games and reaching No. 8 in the BCS Rankings. Three of the four losses were by four points or less.

OSU quarterback Cody Vaz threw for 194 yards, but was intercepted twice and lost 81 yards to the Texas defensive pressure.


Oregon finally rules the Rose Bowl again

Quick strikes lead Ducks to 45-38 win over Wisconsin
Jan. 2, 2012

Oregon ended 95 years of frustration in the Rose Bowl and two years of frustration in the Bowl Championship Series by beating Wisconsin 45-38 Monday.

De'Anthony Thomas ran for 155 yards and a touchdown and Darron Thomas threw for three scores as the Ducks racked up 621 total yards and won a shootout that set a Rose Bowl record for points scored.

De'Anthony Thomas' 91-yard burst in the first half set a Rose Bowl record for longest run from scrimmage. He also scored on a 64-yard run - his only two carries.

Oregon, which lost in the Rose Bowl to Ohio State two years ago and to Auburn in the national title game last season, finished 12-2 under third-year coach Chip Kelly.

Wisconsin, which lost to Texas Christian in the Rose Bowl last season, finished 11-3.

Darron Thomas finished with 268 yards passing on 17 completions. LaMichael James led the Ducks on the ground with 159 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

Montee Ball had 164 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries for the Badgers, but had just 44 of those yards in the second half.

While the game was an offensive showdown, Oregon's defense came up with two key turnovers in the fourth quarter that helped seal the win.


The BCS will take care of itself for Oregon

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 6:41am
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Looking at the latest BCS football rankings, it's pretty easy to get a little pumped up about where the Oregon Ducks are in relation to Alabama and look ahead to what might happen if certain wins and losses play out the right way.

Oregon might get screwed and not be in the national title game for a second straight year because Eastern voters are in love with the Southeastern Conference.

The BCS computers love the SEC, too.

But, Oregon fans, and college football fans nationally, needn't worry about what might happen if LSU wins the SEC title game, Oregon wins the Pac-12 title, Oklahoma State loses to Oklahoma and Alabama wins its last two games.

Oregon should be in the final. Or the BCS should be scrapped in favor of a playoff system.

I'd be happy either way.

For starters, Oregon won't get into the final without an Oklahoma State loss. That's to Oklahoma, which is right on the heels of the Ducks, and would give Sooners fans a huge argument in favor of their school being in the final.

It's not hard to see the SEC champion in the final, too, since much of the Top 25 involves SEC teams, so that champion has earned its place if it's LSU, Alabama or Arkansas. Only an upset in the final by Georgia would open that spot up to Oregon or Oklahoma.

What really messes the whole national title game up is LSU and Alabama winning out, Oklahoma State losing to Oklahoma and the BCS computer moving Alabama up to No. 2 and scheduling a rematch with LSU in the title game - even though Alabama would not be a conference champion.

This scenario would only happen because the Pac-12 is so weak - only Oregon is ranked this week, and the Big 12 doesn't have a conference title game.

Plenty of voters could easily argue Alabama would actually be the second-best team in the nation. And, they might be, too.

That scenario would scream for two more rounds of playoffs - the winners of the four big bowls: Orange, Suger, Fiesta and Rose; playing in two semifinals at home sites, and then the champions playing in the title game at the site already selected, say Jan. 21 this season. The college football world is already moving there, it just might move there faster if LSU and Alabama are in the title game this season.


OSU vs. WSU: Pregame Prefunk

Sat, 11/13/2010 - 12:53pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

Saturday, November 13, 12:30 pm

A few random stats and thoughts to get you ready for today's game...

Bowling for Beavers: Following tough losses to Washington and UCLA -- teams Oregon State should have beat -- the Beavs find themselves in a precarious situation: 4 games remaining, 2 wins needed to be bowl eligible (for a total of 6), and 3 of those games against undeniably better teams. All signs point to OSU dominating WSU today to get win #5, but where does #6 come from? USC next weekend? Maybe. Stanford on the road the week after. Not likely. Oregon in the Civil War? Please. This team has always closed out the season strong, but this year, that will be a tougher task than ever.

Under fire: Oregon State has already faced three top-20 offense this season in Boise State, TCU and Arizona, and will face three more to close the season. It's no surprise, then, that the once stout Beavs defense ranks just 88th in the country.

His brother's keeper: It's no secret that OSU is feeling the loss of James Rodgers, who was only able to play four games this season before succumbing to injury. Fortunately, his brother Jacquizz has more than picked up his share of the slack. Quizz is averaging nearly 140 all purpose yards and has scored 9 TDs in those four games that James has missed.

Believe it or not: Washington State has had a rough go of it in recent years, but the school still holds a 47-44-3 alltime record against Oregon State dating back to 1903. The Beavs have redeemed themselves of late, however, averaging a 53-13 scoring advantage over the Cougs in their last three contests.

In it to win it: Beavers coach Mike Riley won't be able to lay claim to the school's alltime win record for a coach this year, but it's almost a lock to happen next season. With 68 wins, Riley currently sits just six games back of Lon Stiner, who coached the team from 1933-48. What's more, among active coaches in the Pac-10, Riley trails only Jeff Tedford 72 total wins.



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