Beyond the Box: Civil War

Josh Worden, Senior Beat Reporter

By Josh Worden

Senior Beat Reporter

The Oregon State football team nearly took its first Civil War victory since 2007 on Saturday in a 52-42 loss to Oregon in Eugene. In the 119th Civil War, OSU nearly reached its highest point total ever against the Ducks of 50 points. Oregon has scored more than 35 points in every Civil War since the 2007 game.

• OSU scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions in Saturday’s second half. Not once this year had OSU scored more than five times in an entire game. The Beavers’ 22 touchdowns coming into the contest was low enough for eight Pac-12 teams to have at least twice as many touchdowns as OSU.

• OSU had 12 ‘chunk’ plays Saturday — rushing attempts of 10-plus yards or passes for 15-plus yards — while the Ducks had 25. Oregon running back Royce Freeman had seven rushes or receptions of double digit yardage; he entered the game with 67 such plays, 11 more than any other player in the nation.

• With starting punter Ian Wheeler injured, Oregon’s Matt Wogan attempted his first and only punt of the year Saturday. OSU’s Victor Bolden returned it 77 yards for a touchdown.

• This season, OSU was a perfect 10-for-10 when trying to convert on a third-and-one, including one conversion against the Ducks. The Beavers were 8-for-17 on third-and-two situations, however.

• The Beavers had just two interceptions from cornerbacks in 2014 and 2015 combined, both coming last year from Steven Nelson. In 2012 and 2013 combined, OSU cornerbacks recorded 27 interceptions.

• Five different players led OSU in rushing yards in different games this year — Seth Collins, Chris Brown, Storm Woods, Ryan Nall and Paul Lucas. Only Brown and Woods have spent their entire careers at OSU as running backs.

• Collins ended the season with a team-high 580 rushing yards. OSU has not had a 600-yard rusher in two of the last three seasons and three of the last five. The last 1,000-yard ball carrier was Jacquizz Rodgers in 2010, who capped off six straight seasons for OSU with a player reaching 1,000 yards on the ground.

• OSU’s 1,910 passing yards this season is the lowest for the Beavers since 1996, when OSU last started a true freshman quarterback in Tim Alexander. Both the 1996 and 2015 squads did not have any player with 1,000 passing, rushing or receiving yards and both teams won two games.

• OSU had a 7-0 lead on Saturday for 2:33 of the first quarter, the first time the Beavers had a lead since the Colorado contest. In Pac-12 play, OSU led cumulatively for 3.2 percent of the time, 17:23 total of 540 minutes of gameplay. 

• For the first time this year, OSU outscored a Pac-12 opponent in the third quarter on Saturday. The Beavers took a 14-7 advantage in the third period and outscored the Ducks 35-21 in the second half.

• In OSU’s first 10 games, the Beavers never had more than six tackles for loss. In the final two contests against Washington and Oregon, OSU totaled seven tackles for loss in each game.

• Freshman linebacker Jonathan Willis had 18 tackles in the first half of this season and 49 tackles in the second half.

• During the first four games of the year OSU lost three fumbles; The Beavers only lost two fumbles in the remaining eight games.

• Of OSU’s 2014 and 2015 field goal attempts, 28-of-37 came in Reser Stadium.

• Oregon’s 308 rushing yards Saturday marked the fourth time this year OSU has allowed more than 300 yards on the ground. The Ducks and Beavers both averaged 6.0 yards per carry in the Civil War but Oregon had 51 rushing attempts to 38 from OSU.

• In the final game of the year Saturday, OSU’s non-seniors contributed all of the Beavers’ 199 passing yards, 199 receiving yards and 228 rushing yards as well as 80 of the team’s 88 tackles.

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