Cold Weather Suits Ducks in 34-13 Win

From Times Wire Services

Chris Miller passed for two touchdowns and ran for another Saturday as Oregon battered Oregon State, 34-13, in a frigid Pacific 10 Conference game.

Despite 25-degree weather at game time, Miller broke an Oregon single-season record for touchdown passes with 18, snapping the record of 16. The Oregon junior also surpassed 2,000 yards passing this season with one game remaining.

Oregon State’s hopes faded in the first quarter when freshman quarterback Rich Gonzales was injured and left the game for good.


Oregon, 5-5 this season and 3-3 in the Pac-10, finishes its season next weekend against USC at Tokyo. Oregon State, which hasn’t beaten the Ducks since 1974, finished at 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the conference.

Oregon Coach Rich Brooks kept his undefeated record in the rivalry. He has a 16-0-2 mark as a player and assistant coach at Oregon State and, for the past nine seasons, as head coach at Oregon.

Oregon leads the series 42-37-10 in the longest college football rivalry in the West.

The Ducks scored touchdowns on their first two possessions and led, 14-0, with 7 minutes and 59 seconds to go in the first quarter.