This year's edition of the Civil War featured its usual intense and chippy nature, but the score did not end up being close as No. 5 Oregon defeated No. 15 Oregon State 48-24.
The Ducks set the tone early when quarterback Marcus Mariota showed off his speed and scampered 42 yards for the game's opening score. After a failed two-point conversion by the Ducks, the Beavers responded before the first quarter ended and a Storm Woods touchdown gave the home team a 7-6 lead.
In the second quarter, Oregon's pair of talented running backs each scored touchdowns, and the game looked as if it would get out of hand. But OSU did everything right once going down 20-7.
They kicked a field goal as time expired in the first half, then Woods got into the end zone for the second time at the start of the third quarter, and this closed the lead to just three points.
The game became increasingly more physical after the deficit narrowed, but no player responded to the nature of the battle better than De'Anthony Thomas. The speedy sophomore earned his second touchdown of the game to push the Ducks' lead back to 10 points. Oregon State then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Thomas promptly responded with his third score of the game.
The Beavers had little chance after Thomas' third touchdown. The Ducks offense kept rolling after this, while Oregon State kept turning the ball over.
Thomas finished the day with 122 rushing yards on 17 carries. Kenjon Barner was also as productive as always, despite having to come off the field briefly due to an injury. He racked up 198 yards and two scores on 28 carries.
The Oregon defense forced six turnovers in the game, and the Oregon State fans likely cannot wait until this year's Civil War is ancient history.
Any game involving Oregon has to start off with a uniform breakdown. Bleacher Report provided a pic of the Ducks' highlighter-yellow Nike duds.
This tweet from ESPN Stats & Info gave the crowd in Corvallis a reason to be pleased with their team's first-half performance, even though it was trailing when it went into the locker room.
A low-scoring afternoon for Oregon so far- held to 20 points in 1st half, 12 below its season average #CivilWar— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 24, 2012
ESPN's Pac-12 Blog added that both numbers and very recent history provided reasons for OSU to be hopeful at halftime.
If we learned anything yesterday, it's that favored teams need to avoid being satisfied with early leads - or late leads - in rivalry games.— ESPN_Pac12blog (@ESPN_Pac12blog) November 24, 2012
Sure enough, the Beavers came out and closed the lead to three points. When the score got closer, tempers started to flare, as 247Sports' Chris Courtney noted.
This game is starting to feel like the Civil War in the second half. Both teams talking a lot after each play. DAT particularly feisty.— Chris Courtney (@Courtney_247) November 24, 2012
That feistiness led to consecutive impressive series for Thomas, and the Pac-12 Network's Bryan Fischer points out that his touchdowns all but ended the Civil War.
And that should do it in Corvallis. DAT with the dagger on back-to-back possessions, the latest on 4th & 5 for a TD.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 24, 2012
Thomas' feet were moving fast enough to leave scorched earth on the grass in Corvallis, and Sky Sports' Alex Ferguson kept the Civil War remarks coming.
In the Civil War, Oregon is General Sherman and Oregon State is Atlanta #BeAfraid— Alex Ferguson (@viewfromamerica) November 24, 2012