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Oregon Ducks Football: 3 Things We Learned Against Oregon State

The Oregon Ducks won their fifth straight Civil War game today as they defeated Oregon State 48-24 in Corvallis.  The Beavers scored a touchdown less than five minutes into the third quarter to cut the Ducks lead to 20-17 but Oregon scored the next 28 points to blow the game open.  Oregon finishes their regular season with an 11-1 overall record and 8-1 in the Pac-12.  Oregon State finishes 8-3 on the year with a 6-3 conference record.

Kenjon Barner bounced back from his recent struggles with a huge game in his last chance to impress the Heisman voters.  Barner rushed for 198 yards on 28 carries with two scores.  He averaged 7.1 rushing yards per attempt.  He had one-yard scoring runs in the second and fourth quarters.  Barner finished his senior season with 1426 yards and 19 touchdowns.

De’Anthony Thomas got his most carries of the season and rewarded the coaching staff with 122 rushing yards on 17 carries with three of those going for scores.  Thomas had scoring runs of one-yard, five-yards and 29-yards.  Thomas had a combined 20 rushing attempts in the previous four games.  The sophomore finished his regular season with 564 rushing yards and 381 receiving yards to go with 12 touchdowns.

The defense forced the Beavers into six turnovers.  Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion threw four interceptions to four different Ducks.  Brian Jackson, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Erick Dargan and Kiko Alonso all had picks in the game.  The Ducks held the Beavers to 82 rushing yards while sacking Mannion once.  The defense was able to get off the field on third-down as Oregon State only converted four of twelve attempts.

Oregon will wait and see who they will have in a potential automatic BCS bowl berth. With Stanford and Notre Dame winning their games tonight, the Ducks won’t have enough of a resume to reach the national title game.

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