Notes from the Civil War

Notes from the Civil War

Notes from the Civil War

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by Anne Peterson/AP Sports Writer

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Posted on December 5, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 5 at 11:05 AM

CORVALLIS -- Jacquizz Rodgers handled the Civil War loss with his usual grace, even stopping on his way into the locker room to sign a few autographs.

Rodgers ran for 87 yards and caught a touchdown pass in Oregon State's season ending 37-20 loss to Oregon in the 114th Civil War. The Beavers finished the season 5-7 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10.

It was the first team the Beavers will miss the postseason since 2005.

Rodgers, considered a Heisman Trophy candidate at the season's start, finished his junior season with 1,184 yards rushing, for an average of 98.6 yards a game -- off last season's numbers of 1,440 yards for an average of 110.8.

But he climbed to sixth on the Pac-10's career rushing list with 3,877 yards, passing Arizona's Trung Candidate and former Beaver Yvenson Bernard.

Quizz has at times this season been blunt about his team's effort, including his own. At one point he suggested the team wasn't hungry.

But in the end his words were always meant to motivate his team, he said.

"I just try to encourage guys when things are going bad because if you don't, things are going to get worse," he said. "I try to keep it in, but sometimes it comes out."

The Beavers were hurt this season when Quizz's big brother James was lost for the season with a knee injury. The elder Rodgers was averaging 176.8 yards of total offense before he was injured. More than that, he was a key senior leader for the team.

Oregon State intends to petition for an extra year of eligibility for James Rodgers, and Quizz reiterated this week that he plans to be back for his senior season.

THE NATTY: Oregon Cornerback Cliff Harris has gotten his wish. He's going to "The Natty."

Harris, a freshman on the Ducks who is a big talker, coined the nickname for the national championship game last week. A 37-20 victory over Oregon State in the Civil War Saturday gave the Ducks their ticket to Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10.

"When it's in your face, it's just crazy. No words can describe how we feel," he said.

Huh? Asked to recall the last time he was speechless, Harris replied: "Probably when I came out in the womb."

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Oregon State coach Mike Riley has seen more Civil Wars than some of the most dedicated boosters.

Riley's dad, Bud, was a longtime assistant under the `Great Pumpkin,' Dee Andros.

"I grew up here and enjoyed forever just being a part of the game from the peripheral but also kind of on the inside because my dad was coaching. So I was more then just kind of involved, I was rabid," he said this week.

Riley played quarterback at Corvallis High School but went away for college to Alabama, where he played cornerback for legendary coach Bear Bryant. But he eventually came back to Corvallis as head coach of the Beavers -- twice.

Riley had a 2-year stint as head coach from 1997-98 before going for a shot in the NFL. He returned in 2003, replacing Dennis Erickson. He is 4-6 in the Civil War as coach.

"I love getting to do this; it's a dream kind of a deal. I do appreciate it," Riley said. "With our state being relatively small you're going to know about this game, you're going to be on one side or the other. There's no fence-riding and it's probably the biggest sporting event in our state every year."

EXTRA POINTS: It was the 114th Civil War between the two teams, in a series dating back to 1894. .. The Civil War is the seventh-most contested rivalry in the nation. The two teams have met more than any other rivals in the Pac-10. ... ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast from Corvallis for the first time ever. ... The game was attended by 46,469, a Reser Stadium record.

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