CORVALLIS, Ore. (KOIN) — If you’re a Beavers fan, the 122nd Civil War with Oregon wasn’t very civil.
The Ducks dominated the game from the start, getting 5 touchdowns from CJ Verdell and 2 more from Travis Dye — and a defensive pick-six for good measure in a 55-15 shellacking of their cross-state rivals.
Verdell scored his 5 touchdowns through 187 yards rushing and 21 yards pass receiving.
The only down-side for the Ducks, who are now 8-4, came when starting quarterback Justin Herbert left the game with an apparently injured shoulder.
The game itself
The game started badly for the Beavers and went downhill from there.
On the game’s first possession, the Beavers moved smartly down the field but their drive stalled. They went for it on 4th down and failed.
The Ducks then needed only a handful of plays for a Justin Herbert-to-CJ Verdell touchdown pass to grab an early 7-0 lead.
Then with 2:05 left in the 1st quarter, Verdell powered in from the 1-yard line to pad the Ducks lead to 14-0.
Just 45 seconds into the 2nd quarter, the Beavers were in field goal range but missed it wide left.
On the ensuing drive, the Ducks marched down the field and Verdell capped it with his 3rd touchdown of the half. With 11:16 to play in the 2nd, Oregon opened up a 21-0 lead.
The Beavers got a great runback from the kickoff and drove down the field again. But from the 2-yard line, the Beavers backup quarterback tried to force a jump pass into the endzone. It was picked off and Oregon State remained scoreless.
As the half drew to a close, though, the Beavers got on the board with a field goal. At the half, Oregon led 21-3.
Early in the second half, the Ducks extended their lead to 28-3 behind a Travis Dye touchdown. But the Beaver scored quickly, going 79 yards in 3 plays to cut the lead to 28-9.
With 3:29 left in the 3rd, Verdell added his 4th touchdown of the game, and his 3rd on a run. A 2-point try failed, leaving Oregon with a 34-9 lead.
In the 4th quarter, Thomas Graham picked off a Beavers pass and returned it for a touchdown to extend the lead to 41-9. Then, just minutes later, Dye made it 48-9 with a 39-yard burst up the middle and into the endzone with 8:09 to play.
Verdell added his 5th TD with a little more than 3 minutes to play to give the Ducks a 55-9 margin.
The Beavers didn’t give up, though. With 16 seconds to play, Oregon State scored on a long TD pass to Hernandez. But their 2-point try failed and the game ended 55-15.