December 1, 2019 / 12:46 AM / 6 days ago

No. 14 Oregon finds way to beat Oregon St. again

EditorsNote: Update 2: Notes Utah in second graf

Nov 30, 2019; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers running back Jermar Jefferson (22) is tackled by Oregon Ducks defensive tackle Drayton Carlberg (90) during the first half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon’s timely defense and special teams were enough for the No. 14 Ducks to beat rival Oregon State 24-10 in the Civil War game at Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.

The Ducks (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) advance to the Pac-12 championship game as the North Division champions. They will play the Southern Division champion, Utah, on Friday.

Oregon has won the last three meetings with Oregon State (5-7, 4-5) and lead the overall series 66-47-10.

Oregon’s defense stopped Oregon State’s last offensive gasp at the Beavers’ 15-yard line with 2:22 left in regulation. On second down, running back Jermar Jefferson fumbled, caused by cornerback Thomas Graham Jr., and safety Brady Breeze recovered the ball at the Oregon State 27 with 2:07 left.

Cyrus Habibi-Likio scored on a 20-yard run three plays later to increase Oregon’s lead to 24-10 with 1:15 remaining.

Oregon’s Justin Herbert completed 18 of 30 passes for 174 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Travis Dye rushed for 91 yards on 12 carries.

Oregon State’s Tristan Gebbia, a sophomore backup playing in place of injured Jake Luton (arm), completed 26 of 40 passes for 243 yards. Jefferson gained 81 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown.

The Ducks went through a stretch of four drives ending in punts and a missed field goal attempt, which provided Oregon State the opportunity to cut into the lead.

The Beavers did that with Jefferson’s 19-yard touchdown run with 11:03 left in the game, trimming the deficit to 17-10. Jefferson’s score capped an 11-play, 87-yard drive that took 4:50.

Oregon’s offense awoke after Jefferson’s touchdown run, with Herbert leading the Ducks on a 70-yard drive in nine plays. A key play in that drive was Herbert’s 17-yard pass to Bryan Addison on fourth-and-6 at the Oregon State 25.

With the ball at the Oregon State 8, Herbert completed a pass to Jaylon Redd, who fumbled the ball before he crossed the goal line. The ball hit the pylon, giving Oregon State a touchback with 11:03 remaining.

Oregon’s special teams helped propel the Ducks to a 17-3 halftime lead.

Camden Lewis opened the scoring with a 32-yard field goal and Mykael Wright had a 98-yard kickoff return to put the Ducks ahead 10-3 with 2:47 left in the first quarter.

After Jevon Holland returned a punt 25 yards to the Oregon State 39, Travis Dye rushed for 11 yards and Herbert connected with Johnny Johnson III on a 28-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

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