By Joe Becker
This year's Civil War shapes up as one of the best ever. OSU fans are hoping to smell the Roses and get a trip to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl for the first time in 44 years.
25 years ago...they were just hoping for a field goal in the Civil War.
It is sometimes referred to as the "Toilet Bowl." The 1983 Civil War that finished 0-0.
Former OSU Head Coach Joe Avezzano won three Superbowl Rings as an Assistant Coach with the Dallas Cowboys. He still lives in Texas and does Radio and TV work. He laughed when reminded it was the 25th anniversary of the 0-0 game.
"I had a lot darker hair," said Avezzano. "That game, that day started the process of it turning white." Neither team was very good. I remember that. I love the Oregon-Oregon St. rivalry. I love going against Rich Brooks. I loved the whole atmosphere...the Civil War."
However, this Civil War featured 11 fumbles, 5 interceptions, 4 missed Field Goals and NO POINTS!
"On that day it was a downpour of rain all game," said Avezzano. "There were fumbles, it was like bloopers by both teams. Both teams played their heart out and neither team could score. Then the game's over and it's historic. We weren't very good but we were historic."
Yes, because games include overtime now, the 1983 Civil War is the last Division I college football game to end in a 0-0 tie.
Avezzano joked that overtime wouldn't have helped that day in November 1983, because it still would have taken more than a month to score.
"It probably would have been over by January," said Avezzano laughing. "Because I didn't see anything out there to indicate anyone scoring."
You won't have to worry about that this year.