Beavers stun Ducks 38-34 with unforgettable comeback in Corvallis
The state of Oregon is a Beaver State. Until the next Civil War.
The Beavers spotted the Ducks a 31-10 advantage with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter. From there, Oregon State ran the ball at will, were aided by sloppy mistakes from their rival, and surged to a remarkable fourth quarter lead with 8:11 remaining in regulation.
Bo Nix guided Oregon on 12 play, 72-yard drive that took over 5 minutes off the clock, and the Ducks seemed poise to find the end zone and seize the lead right back. Instead, it was Oregon State’s defense that held four straight plays on the doorstep of their own end zone to keep Oregon from a late score, and sealing the Ducks epic collapse.
Beavers 38, Ducks 34. Final.
Oregon State came in No. 21 in the AP and College Football Playoff rankings. Oregon came it at No. 9 in both polls.
The Ducks were favorites all week. The bettline line opened at Oregon -6.5, was almost immediately bet down to 3.5, shrunk to 3, then got to Oregon -1.5 by Saturday early morning. That line movement would continue as Saturday morning unfolded, and by kickoff, Oregon State ended up closing as the betting favorite, at Oregon State -1.5.
It was the first time since 2008 that Oregon State was the betting favorite.
The Beavers finish the regular season with a 9-3 record, their first 9-win season since 2012.
The Ducks failed to clinch a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game next week. Oregon will not play in that game, as Washington’s Apple Cup win over Washington State ensured a three-way tie for the conference No. 2 seed, a scenario that sends Utah to Las Vegas to face top-seed USC on Fri., Dec. 2nd in Allegiant Stadium.
The final College Football Playoff rankings come out Sun., Dec. 4th, at which point Oregon and Oregon State will learn their bowl game fates.
After the game, Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham flew to Tempe, Arizona, to be named head coach at his alma mater, Arizona State.
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