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Oregon leaps over last hurdle

CORVALLIS, Ore. — As the third quarter turned to the fourth and AC/DC blared in Reser Stadium, Oregon State's sideline was rocking, its players thinking they might pull a monster upset.

Oregon stayed cool — focused on winning the day.

When it was done Saturday, and a spot in the BCS national title game was secured, the Ducks finally let loose.

Heisman contender LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and the fast-paced Ducks negotiated the last speed bump on the way to Glendale, Ariz., grinding out a 37-20 victory over the Beavers in the game known as the Civil War.

The national title matchup becomes official today, but there will be no surprises when the final BCS standings come out: Oregon will play Auburn Jan. 10 for its first national title.

"The best part about it is … we expected this," Ducks defensive tackle Brandon Bair said. "It's the way we prepared, the way we planned, we expected this."

James ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns while Barner had 133 yards and scored twice for the Ducks.

"We're not going to play a national championship right now, we're going to prepare for one," coach Chip Kelly said. "But we got to this point by our preparation and we know we're going to have to go to work for the next month to show up on the 10th."

Oregon State, maybe looking for inspiration, wore a retro look. The Beavers were decked out in 1967 black throwback uniforms. That team beat No. 1 USC and O.J. Simpson and had a win and a tie against teams ranked No. 2.

NO. 9 BOISE ST. 50, UTAH ST. 14: Kellen Moore threw for three touchdowns to help the host Broncos win their WAC farewell. Boise State, which is joining the Mountain West next season, earned a share (with Hawaii and Nevada) of its eighth title since joining the WAC in 2001.

NO. 14 NEVADA 35, LA. TECH 17: Colin Kaepernick tied the NCAA record for touchdowns rushing by a quarterback as the visiting Wolf Pack earned a share of the WAC title. Kaepernick ran for three scores to tie Nebraska's Eric Crouch with 59.

Wash. bowl eligible: Jake Locker made up for two critical turnovers by throwing a 27-yard touchdown to Jermaine Kearse with 44 seconds left, and visiting Washington became bowl eligible for the first time in eight years with a 35-28 win over Washington State.

Brawl at rose bowl: Dozens of fans brawled in a Rose Bowl parking lot before the USC-UCLA game in Pasadena, leaving two men stabbed, two police officers with minor injuries and three men arrested, authorities said. An estimated 50 to 75 fans fought at about 4:20 p.m., some three hours before the Bruins-Trojans start time, Pasadena police Cmdr. Darryl Qualls said. Witnesses said Vimal Patel, 24, a student at Cal State Fullerton, threw a football that hit a black Mercedes-Benz. He was stabbed eight times in the back, a witness said. Joshua Dirling, 27, was stabbed in the cheek, according to his brother Matthew. Both were hospitalized and listed as stable. One officer was treated for a sprained hand, the other for a sprained ankle, and both were released, Qualls said. Two men who police believe stabbed the victims were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and were being held in Pasadena City Jail on $1 million bail.

LATE FRIDAY: Ryan Colburn threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns as host Fresno State (8-4) earned a 25-23 victory over Illinois of the Big Ten.

No. 1 Oregon 37

Oregon State 20



Quote of the day

"The one thing I think, and now I hope, is that we're not known for our uniforms, we're known for the players inside the uniforms and that's what makes this thing special."

Chip Kelly, Oregon coach, on reaching the national title game by beating Oregon State

Oregon leaps over last hurdle 12/04/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 5, 2010 12:41am]
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