On Friday, November 29th, the Oregon State Beavers will come to Autzen stadium to face the #13 Oregon Ducks for the state of Oregon’s 117th football civil war. A football civil war is much different from the US civil war. Neither University is threatening to secede from the state, nor is something as important as the eradication of slavery at stake. However, the bragging rights for the title of ‘best football team in Oregon’ are at stake, and to die-hard Duck and Beavers fans, these rights are no small matter.
The first meeting between the teams that would become the Ducks and Beavers was in 1894, back when Oregon State University was called Oregon Agricultural College. In the first meeting, the Ducks won, and while they have lost 46 games to the Beavers, the Ducks still lead the series with 60 victories, and 10 ties. 2007 was the last year Oregon State won the Oregon civil war matchup.
Oregon State’s starting quarterback is Sean Mannion. Until he was surpassed by Derek Carr last Saturday, Mannion led the NCAA in passing touchdowns with 34. Last week, Mannion threw 3 picks, bringing his season total to 13 interceptions. With most of his rushes apparently coming from sacks, Mannion has -195 rushing yards this season with no rushing scores. On the positive side, he has 4089 passing yards with an average of 7.82 yards per completion and a completion percentage of 66.3. Oregon’s quarterback, Mariota, has thrown a whopping 197 fewer passes than Mannion, and has averaged 9.59 yards per completion. So far in 2013, Mariota has thrown for 27 touchdowns and 3127 yards. Last weekend against Arizona, Mariota threw his first two interceptions of the season in the Ducks’ unfortunate loss. An excellent rusher, Mariota has averaged 7.1 yards per carry en route to 529 yards and 9 touchdowns. As a result of throwing more passes than the Ducks, the Beavers have gained 4271 passing yards to Oregon’s 3251 passing yards this season.
Byron Marshall this season has started a few games for the Ducks, and is still leading the team in rushing with 995 yards, and has 14 touchdowns to his credit. However, De’Anthony Thomas, who recently recovered from an ankle injury, returned to the starting position last week for Oregon. Thomas has 493 yards this season, with an average of 6.3 yards per carry and 7 touchdowns. Thomas Tyner has gotten significant playing time this season, and has amassed 549 yards with 8 touchdowns. The Beavers’ leading rusher is Terron Ward, with 322 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Storm Woods also has 4 touchdowns for the Beavers with 296 yards. By comparison, the University of Oregon has 3057 yards rushing while Oregon State University has only 801 yards on the ground.
The stats show that Oregon has leaned more toward the run while Oregon State leans more toward the pass, but the game plans for the Civil War may differ from the norm. A high tempo is almost always a feature of the Ducks’ offense. Oregon averages more offensive points per game, with 47.7, while Oregon State averages 34.5 points.
6 times this season, the Ducks and Beavers have matched up against the same opponent. In these similar games, the Beavers have yielded 32.5 points per game while the Ducks have kept these teams to 23.5 points per contest. Both the Ducks and Beavers lost to Stanford; against the Huskies, the Ducks won, and the Beavers lost. Oregon State’s overall record this season is 6-5, while Oregon’s record is 9-2.
Countless Oregon fans will be flying their respective teams’ flags in the windows of their cars this weekend, and wearing all of their best fan gear, to display passionate Oregon love for the Ducks, or Beavers. Winning this game will give the victor bragging rights, as well as a huge boost going into BCS placement. The end of the season is coming. I don’t know about you, but I will miss watching football when it’s over. One Oregon team and its fans will be brimming with joy at their victory this Friday. You can share their excitement by tuning into Fox Sports 1 on 11/29, at 4:00 Oregon time.
Complete history of oregon civil war games: http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindbeaversbeat/2008/11/civil_war_the_complete_gamebyg.html
win count: http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/pac10/oregon/opponents_records.php?teamid=2428