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Quick Hits: No. 5 Oregon 48, No. 15 Oregon State 24

By Chris Huston | College Football Writer
Kenjon Barner rushed for 198 yards in Oregon's win over Oregon State. (US Presswire)

OREGON WON: Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas each topped the 100-yard mark on the ground to lead the No. 5 Oregon Ducks (11-1) to a 48-24 win over No. 15 Oregon State (8-3) in the annual "Civil War" rivalry game in Corvallis. Barner rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns while Thomas darted for 122 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high 17 carries to pace a Ducks ground game that piled up 435 yards. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 140 yards and a score and also added 85 rushing yards (with a score). The Beavers played close to Oregon in the first half but fell apart because of six turnovers. Sean Mannion threw for 240 yards but had four costly interceptions. Storm Woods led the Beavers with 70 rushing yards and two scores. It's the fifth straight win for the Ducks in a series that began in 1894.

WHY OREGON WON: No matter how well you game plan against the Ducks, you aren't going to win if you turn the ball over six times. That's what happened to the Beavers, who hung with Oregon for two-and-a-half quarters before falling under the crushing weight of a Ducks attack that was given plenty of short fields to work with because of all the turnovers. Oregon also turned in a fine defensive effort, holding Oregon State to just 82 yards rushing and 393 yards of offense overall (a good chunk of it coming in garbage time).

WHEN OREGON WON: After the Beavers cut the Oregon lead to 20-17 on a Woods touchdown run with 10:41 left in the third quarter, Oregon went on a 13-play, 66-yard drive that ended with Thomas' second score to make it 27-17 in the Ducks' favor. Then, the Beavers fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Oregon recovered at the OSU 34-yard line. Four plays later, Thomas scampered into the end zone from 29 yards out and suddenly it was 34-17. The rout was on and Oregon went on to a big win over its archrival.

WHAT OREGON WON: The Ducks are still alive in their quest for the Pac-12 and national titles -- it's just that they'll need a little help from UCLA, USC and Florida State. Whatever the case, Oregon will finish no worse than 11-1 in its regular season, which is nothing to scoff at for at team that headed into the year needing to replace its quarterback and all-time rusher at tailback.

WHAT OREGON STATE LOST: The Beavers had a chance for their first 10-win regular season since 2000, but with the loss to the Ducks they'll have to settle for 9-3, assuming a win over Nicholls State next Saturday.

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