Oregon Romps to Keep BCS Bid in Its Sights
Freshman Jonathan Stewart had a pair of touchdowns, including a 97-yard kickoff return to open the second half, and 10th-ranked Oregon dominated rival Oregon State, 56-14, in a foggy edition of the Civil War on Saturday night at Eugene.
Stewart also ran for a one-yard touchdown in the first half as Oregon (10-1, 7-1) won its seventh straight game and stayed in contention for an at-large bowl championship series invitation.
It’s only the second time in school history that the Ducks have won 10 regular-season games.
They also won 10 in 2001 when they went to the Fiesta Bowl and finished 11-1 with Joey Harrington at quarterback.
Oregon State (5-6, 3-5), which lost four of its last five, finishes the regular season without the six victories required for bowl eligibility.
Cornerback Aaron Gipson scored on a 60-yard interception return before quarterback Dennis Dixon passed to Terrence Whitehead on a 14-yard touchdown play to make it 14-0 for Oregon.
The Beavers scored on Yvenson Bernard’s two-yard run, but Oregon answered with two additional scores -- Whitehead’s two-yard run and Stewart’s one-yard dash.
Stewart opened the second half with his long kickoff return to make it 35-7.
Oregon’s final touchdown prompted Autzen Stadium fans to chant “B-C-S! B-C-S!”
Oregon’s lone loss this season came to top-ranked USC.
Dixon completed 12 of 17 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
Washington State 26, Washington 22 -- Trandon Harvey, who had earlier fumbled a punt to help the Huskies (2-8, 1-7) take the lead for the first time, caught a short pass from Alex Brink and ran 39 yards for the winning score with 1:20 left to give the Cougars (4-7, 1-7) the win in the Apple Cup at Seattle.
The thrilling finish capped a wild final 31 minutes in which there were four lead changes. It also ended a seven-game Washington State losing streak.
Washington State’s Jerome Harrison, the national rushing leader, ran for 207 yards in 36 carries -- 192 over the final three quarters. The Cougars won the Apple Cup in Seattle for the first time since 1997, when Ryan Leaf led them through the Huskies to the Rose Bowl.
Afterward, Cougar players celebrated on Washington’s “W” logo at midfield, prompting Husky players to charge from their sideline and confront them. A few, brief shoving matches occurred within the mass of 100-plus players.
Washington State Coach Bill Doba apologized for the behavior of his players and Washington Coach Tyrone Willingham scolded his team for reacting, saying “there is no place for that ... in college football.”