Seniors attempt to finish season with Civil War victory

Oregon State vs. Washington State

Cassidy Wood, Multimedia Contributor

The Civil War is a historic rivalry that began 122 years ago, in 1894.  The last time the Beavers came out with a victory, was in 2007.  They are hoping to break the eight-game losing streak at Reser Stadium, Saturday afternoon. 

“They’re excited,” said head coach Gary Andersen.  “It’s the last game of the year; a big rivalry game.  There is going to be some extra emotion, but they are focused and ready to play.”

Oregon State (3-8, 2-6 Pac-12), is a young team, and program; having only 15 seniors on the roster, (and it being only the second year in the Andersen era).  The seniors on this team have had to welcome an entire new coaching staff, and a new process, which Andersen says they have handled extremely well.

“They accepted me when I came in,” said Andersen.  “And they helped me start to rebuild this program, and I will always be thankful for them.  The seniors have set a foundation for Oregon State football.”

Senior safety, and current captain, Devin Chappell is one of the seniors who has had a tremendous impact on the team.  Last season, he played in a total of 11 games, missing only the Washington game due to injury.  He finished the season with 43 tackles, and currently has 73 on this season.


“We’re just going to treat [Oregon] like any other team,” said Chappell.  “We’re going to step out on that field, expecting to win.” 

In addition to never missing a game this season, he had one interception against Utah.  Playing the Beavers rival, Oregon (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12), will be the last game of his college career.

“This being my last college game, it means a lot to me,” said Chappell.  “I want to go out strong, and get that memorable win.  I wouldn’t want to end it any other way.”

Senior cornerback Treston Decoud is another key defensive playmaker; with 2 interceptions on the season, 53 tackles, and never missing a game.  He will also be playing his last game with the Beavers this weekend.

“It’s kind of sad because the program is turning around, and I want to be apart of all the success they’re going to have in the years to come,” said Decoud.  “But ending my career playing the Ducks – I couldn’t ask for a better experience than that.”

“We’re going to go out there, check out what the scheme is, and start making plays,” said junior safety Brandon Arnold.  “We’re going to go get this victory for our seniors.”