|Oregon State had a tough time tackling Oregon RB Kenjon Barner, who ran for 198 yards and two TDs. (US Presswire)|
Oregon turned the Civil War into a track meet on Saturday, but no one told Oregon State, which forgot to bring its running shoes. The No. 5 Ducks (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) rushed for 432 yards and six touchdowns in a dominating 48-24 victory over the Beavers (8-3, 6-3) before a record-setting crowd of 47,249 at OSU's Reser Stadium.
The Ducks struck first less than two minutes into the game when QB Marcus Mariota scored on a 42-yard run. A botched extra point left Oregon with only a 6-0 lead, a mistake the Beavers took advantage of at the time. RB Storm Woods scored just before the end of the first quarter for Oregon State (8-3, 6-3), giving the Beavers what would be their only lead of the day at 7-6. After that, the Ducks did what the Ducks do -- score and score fast.
Oregon got second-quarter rushing touchdowns from De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barne. The scores came only five minutes apart and put the Ducks in front 20-7. The Beavers had no answer for Barner, who rushed for 141 yards in the first half and 198 in the game. Barner wasn't the only Duck to cross the century mark though as Thomas ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
Oregon State crept back in the game with a 37-yard Trevor Romaine field goal just before halftime and a third-quarter Woods touchdown run that trimmed the lead to 20-17, but after that it was all Oregon. And we mean all.
The Ducks scored four consecutive touchdowns after Woods' score, with two coming from Thomas, one from Barner and another one on a 2-yard Mariota-to-B.J. Kelley touchdown pass. Mariota did damage with his legs and his right arm. The freshman quarterback ran for 85 yards and threw for 140.
Mariota's counterpart at Oregon State, Sean Mannion, didn't fare as well. Mannion threw four interceptions, tying a career high. The sophomore quarterback finished 31 of 49 for 311 yards and one touchdown, which came with 20 seconds left in the game. WR Markus Wheaton was Mannion's favorite target, catching seven passes for 98 yards. Woods was Oregon State's main offensive threat on the day, carrying the ball 16 times for 17 yards and two touchdowns.
Besides Mannion's four picks, the Beavers also lost two fumbles for a total of six turnovers. Oregon was turnover-free on the day.
The Ducks' next game could be a BCS bowl game. Stanford beat UCLA 35-17 on Saturday to earn a spot in the Pac-12 title game. Oregon won't find out its bowl fate until the BCS selection show on Dec. 2.
(For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)