OSU sets up rosy Civil War with workmanlike W

JACQUIZZ RODGERS

IT DIDN'T UNFOLD quite like the early blowout that was forecast but Oregon State was never seriously threatened and took care of business with a 42-10 win over Washington State. And truth be told, a win where the Beavs weren't always razor sharp might have been the best thing for Oregon State headed into what could be a Civil War for a Rose Bowl berth.

The Beavs kept up their end of the bargain, and if the Ducks beat Arizona tonight, the Civil War will be, for the victor, a spot in the Rose Bowl.

Early on against Washington State, the Beaver offense was rolling. In the penultimate game of the regular season, Oregon State marched in for touchdowns the first three times they touched the ball and it looked like the blowout everyone had been talking about all week was playing out to form.

The Beavs weren't forced to punt until late in the first half. And Sean Canfield continues to play a sparkling brand of football, and on Saturday he picked apart the WSU defense.

With a 21-3 lead in the first half, the fifth year senior was 14-of-15 with two TD's and 173 yards before a misstep, an errant pass picked off by a Cougar defensive back.

No matter, the Beaver defense held the Cougars to a three and out.

WITH THE BEAVER defense shutting down Wazzu -- after yielding a first possession drive that resulted in a WSU field goal, Oregon State didn't allow a first down on the next three WSU possessions, Oregon State seemed to put it on cruise control, rather than pushing the pedal to the metal.

WSU showed some life with time running down in the first half, driving out over midfield and eventually down to the Beaver 30-yard line. And then Beavers showed themselves to be in a giving mood.

Four consecutive Oregon State penalties, a pass interference, two personal fouls and an off-sides, gifted the Cougars all the way to the 4-yard line and eventually a 1-yard plunge cut the lead to 21-10 at the half.

After that, the Beaver defense gave up a few plays here and there but all in all, they shut down the Cougars, holding them under 250 total yards.

AND ONCE THE Beavs gained a little momentum in the second half, the points started piling up.

After their first drive of the second half resulted in a punt, Oregon State marched 63-yards with Markus Wheaton's 10-yard run finishing it off. It was the only score in the third quarter by either team.

The next time the Beavs got the ball they again went 63-yards, with Jacquizz Rodgers breaking free on a 39-yard scamper into the end zone. It was now 35-10, in the fourth quarter, and the only thing that mattered was not incurring any significant injuries. Quizz ran for 165 yards on the day.

The final time the Cougs really threatened, driving down to the OSU 15-yard line, QB Kevin Lopina gave one back to the Beavs, losing the handle and turning it over. With only eight minutes left in the game and an insurmountable lead, OSU head man Mike Riley pulled Canfield, Quizz and some of the skill players, while leaving in the starting o-line with Ryan Katz, Jovan Stevenson and others.

Stevenson busted through the line on a 39-yard dash and then Markus Wheaton ripped off another big gainer. Katz hit Joe Halahuni on a 16-yard scoring strike but an illegal shift nullified the touchdown. Eventually, Stevenson scored from four yards out to cap the scoring at 42-10.

NOTABLE NOTES:
Canfield finished 21-of-28 for 228 yards with 2 TD's and an interception.
Quizz finished with 165 yards on 24 carries and 2 TD's.
Damola Adeniji led the receiving corps with 89 yards on five catches.

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