WTS: Right, so let's talk Civil War


FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND COACHES continually insist they are only looking ahead to the next game. Media-types have no such compunction. And one of the scribes who witnessed Oregon State's fourth quarter frenzy against Washington State in the Beavs' 52-24 win is already thinking ahead to the Civil War -- and all that might be on the line.

Could it be that when the dust settles, the Civil War on Nov. 29 at Autzen Stadium will decide the Pac-12 North champion? It's beginning to look that way. - Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal

What a weird game. Most of us were sure it would come down to the wire, but just like that, OSU had a big lead in the fourth quarter. -Lindsay Schnell, Oregonian

This game was anything but a blowout deep into the third quarter, a give-and-take, back-and-forth momentum-swinging affair that suddenly turned in floodgate fashion for the Beavers, who put up four touchdowns in the dizzying span of 5 minutes, 23 seconds to win going away. -Bud Withers, Seattle Times

Mike Leach is witty, well read and multi-dimensional. Just ask him... (Mike) Riley, outwardly mild-mannered and unassuming, is content to, well, coach his team. - Ken Goe, Oregonian

There was hardly a defensive series where OSU wasn't in the nickel or dime. OSU ran without a MIK...with juniors OLBs Jabral Johnson and D.J. Alexander...The risk was ultimately worth the reward for the Beavs. - Drew Wilson-McGrath, BeaverFootball.com

The quarterbacks did not disappoint. OSU's Sean Mannion and WSU's Connor Halliday combined for 59 passes in the first half alone. - Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman-Review

Washington State led 24-17 late in the third quarter when the Beavers erupted for three quick touchdowns to take control of the game. - Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

Mike Leach was angry. That was obvious. The Cougars' fourth-quarter meltdown in a 52-24 loss to Oregon State had ticked him off. Rightfully so. It had probably ticked off every Cougar fan in America. - Vince Grippi, The Spokesman-Review

Mannion propelled the Beavers to victory at Martin Stadium, while Halliday effectively played the Cougars into an insurmountable deficit. - Connor Letourneau, Oregonian

The running game still needs work (28 attempts for 102 yards), and the schedule still gets tougher but as Riley likes to say, the Beavers can worry about those things tomorrow. -Lindsay Schnell, Oregonian

The final score was in no way indicative of the competitiveness of the game. Through three quarters, it was a fiercely contested battle. Coach Mike Riley told his players afterward that they won by continuing to plug away and by finally breaking the Cougars' will. - Kerry Eggers, The Portland Tribune

All of a sudden the Beavers were playing from behind again. No worries for this team. The Beavers needed just 2 minutes, 16 seconds of game action to turn that 24-17 deficit into a 38-24 lead. - Steve Gress, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Pac-12 bowl projections: Week 7... Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 21): Oregon State vs. MWC -Ted Miller, ESPN

Now the Bears brace for the nation's leading passer -- Oregon State's Sean Mannion. - Jeff Faraudo, Contra Costa Times

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