Ducks headed to Rose Bowl


by and AP Staff

Posted on December 4, 2009 at 5:42 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers met Thursday night in the 113th Civil War. The stakes have never been higher. The victor heads to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day to play Ohio State.

Seventh-ranked Oregon has not been to the Rose Bowl since 1995, while No. 13 Oregon State hasn't been since 1965.

It is the first time in the history of the series that the winner of the game will go to Pasadena for the New Year's Day game, without help from other teams.

Key matchup

Jeremiah Masoli vs. the Oregon State defense. Masoli got off to a rough start this season with an ineffective performance in the season-opening loss to Boise State. Since then, he's excelled and has even started to get Heisman notice. The junior has passed for 14 touchdowns with four interceptions and run for 12 more scores. Oregon State's defense could pose problems for the Ducks, especially when it comes to the run. The Beavers' rushing D is ranked 13th in the nation, allowing 98.45 yards per game.

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Players to watch
   Oregon State: RB Jacquizz Rodgers. The diminutive sophomore has run for 1,313 years and 19 touchdowns this season. He's also caught 67 passes for 436 yards and another score. Quizz has even thrown a touchdown pass.
   Oregon: RB LaMichael James. The redshirt freshman stepped in when LeGarrette Blount was suspended, running for a Pac-10 freshman record 1,310 yards and 11 scores. Nicknamed LaMike, he has six straight games with more than 100 yards rushing.

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Facts & Figures
   Oregon has a nine-game winning streak at Autzen Stadium, considered one of the loudest venues in the Pac-10. Oregon State practiced with piped-in noise this week to prepare. ... The Ducks have also won eight straight Pac-10 games at home. Their last loss at Autzen came in the 2007 Civil War, when the Beavers won 38-31 in double OT. ... Oregon State has lost only eight turnovers in 11 games. The team has lost only two fumbles all season.

No. 13 Oregon State (8-3, 6-2) at No. 7 Oregon (9-2, 7-1) 9 p.m. EST
   Line: Oregon by 10
   Series record: Oregon leads 56-46-10.
   Last meeting: Oregon, 65-38