The Oregon State football team scored the final 20 points of the game and defeated Oregon 34-24 on Saturday before a roaring, sellout Reser Stadium crowd of 44,160 in the 120th Civil War.
The Beavers (4-8 all, 3-6 Pac-12) used a dominating running game to pound Oregon (4-8, 2-7) into submission in the final 20 minutes of the game. OSU ran the ball 21 consecutive times at one point in the second half, finished the game with 310 rushing yards, and threw only three passes in the second half and none in the fourth quarter, when it scored twice to end an 8-year Civil War losing streak.
Sophomore tailback Ryan Nall rushed for four touchdowns and 155 yards on 31 carries to lead a second-half comeback that erased a 24-14 Oregon lead. He also had two receptions for 34 yards and compiled 189 all-purpose yards.
Nall finished with 950 yards this season. He has gained 329 yards on 50 carries in two Civil War games, with five touchdowns.
"He didn't get to 1,000 yards," said a laughing OSU coach Gary Andersen, who had challenged Nall going into the game to get the 205 stripes he needed to hit the 1,000-yard barrier. "But he was awesome.
"Ryan is a workhorse, just keep pounding the ball and good things are going to happen. He is hard to bring down."
Sophomore quarterback Marcus McMaryion rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries and freshman tailback Artavis Pierce added 72 on seven carries. Both earned high praise from Andersen after the Beavers unleased a three-headed running attack Oregon was powerless to stop.
The Beavers rushed for 202 yards on 36 carries in the second half and for 133 yards on 20 attempts in the fourth quarter, when they did not throw a pass.
"Marcus did a masterful job of managing the clock, he snapped it almost every time with five or fewer seconds" remaining on the play clock as the Beavers burned 5:17 off the board while driving 68 yards in nine plays for the clinching touchdown with 1:56 to play.
"We put it in the hands of the offensive line and [tight end] Ricky Ortiz to block like crazy," Andersen said. "That was a big statement on a big stage, when we had to have it."
The Ducks scored 10 third-quarter points to take a 24-14 lead with 7:44 remaining in the third quarter. At that point, the Beavers responded with a seven-play, 75-yard TD drive and the game turned on its axis when Nall plowed over from 14-yards out to get OSU with 24-21 with 3:46 left in the quarter.
The Beavers got a stop and then drive 80 yards on 11 plays, all on the ground, to take a 28-24 lead on Nall's six-yard run with 9:40 to play. After another stop, OSU marched 68 yards on nine plays for the clinching TD, Nall's two-yard run with 1:56 to play.
Nall carried the ball seven times for 43 yards and Pierce added 25 yards on two carries. It was raining heavily throughout both fourth-quarter drives, but the Beavers did not fumble.
They closed out the Ducks in a game reminiscent of the 1988 Civil War, when OSU erased a three-point, fourth-quarter deficit to prevail 21-10 on a rainy, windy day at then-Parker Stadium on two fourth-quarter touchdowns by another in-state power back, Pat Chaffey to snap another long winless streak in the rivalry. "It was a lot to do with the weather; that was a hard downfall," Andersen said in explaining why OSU eschewed throwing the ball. 'And we had the wind to our advantage in the fourth quarter, we thought it would be difficult to throw.
"Run the ball, pound it, and go win the game. We wanted to be physical in the run game and the coaches did a good job of mixing it up. It looks like the same play but there are a lot of bells and whistles, motions.
"We handed it off and were physical, that's who we want to be as a team. Tough-minded kids who can find a way, and those were three big-time drives."
"We got enough stops on defense to win it. It was stressful to watch but a joy to watch at the same time. I'm grateful to be able to coach these kids and grateful to be the coach at Oregon State."
News release: OSU Sports