EUGENE, Ore — Oregon cruised to a 49-21 victory over Oregon State in the 115th Civil War meeting to clinch the Pac-12 North and a spot in the inagural Pac-12 championship game that will take place at Autzen on Firday.
The Ducks’ running game played a large part in the victory, thanks to the talents of LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas. The team averaged 5.9 yards per carry for three touchdowns. James was responsible for almost 40 percent of Oregon’s yardage, but ended up leaving the game in the third quarter for a hyperextended elbow. James said he will be fine for the upcoming championship game.
Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Thomas said the Ducks achieved one of their season goals with the Civil War victory.
The Ducks defense performed very well against redshirt freshman Sean Mannion and the Beavers offense, holding the Beavers to just 315 yards and three touchdowns. Mannion threw two interceptions.
The Beavers offense really missed the talents of James Rodgers who did not suit up for the game. The senior receiver was out with an ankle injury for his last game of his college career.
The Ducks will continue their season with the Pac-12 Championship at on Friday against the UCLA Bruins. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. at Autzen Stadium.