Civil War

Why No. 14 Oregon couldn't stop the bleeding against Oregon State in Civil War loss

Why No. 14 Oregon couldn't stop the bleeding against Oregon State in Civil War loss

CORVALLIS, Oregon - Basketball is a game of runs. It’s about how you respond when your opponent has all the momentum: do you shut down or stop the bleeding.

In the case tonight for Oregon, it was poor timing paired with poor execution. 

The Beavers outscored the Ducks 33-13 in the final 14:50 left in the game. It was the combination of Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson’s sharp-shooting on the perimeter paired with Kylor Kelley on the inside that Oregon had no response for defensively. 

If it felt like there was a gaping hole in the paint when Oregon was on defense, it was probably due to two of Oregon’s bigs being out: the 6-foot-11 freshman center N’Faly Dante is still battling an injury that has kept him out since the Washington game on January 18; sophomore Francis Okoro was also absent as he is in Nigeria attending his father’s funeral, who passed away back in December.

Oregon head coach Dana Altman hopes to have Okoro back this week. As for Dante, he hopes he'll be "healthy one of these days" with no set timetable for return.

That left 6-foot-7, redshirt senior Shakur Juiston and 6-foot-8 freshman Chandler Lawson to guard the 7-foot Kylor Kelley. Down the stretch, Altman had to switch the rotation and go smaller with four guards. Kelley took advantage with simultaneous dunks and a layup during that Oregon scoring drought.

Offensively, that’s on me. We’re just not getting any flow that second half. We take the 10-point lead and then 13 points the rest of the game. Not getting very good shots, not executing anything out of timeouts - we had two turnovers out of two timeouts. — Dana Altman

It’s not just a battle inside amongst bigs. Kelley’s presence alone is enough to steer drives away from the hoop, but there still has to be that threat of driving the ball inside from the guards. Pritchard, who has been shooting 40% from 3-PT range this season, was held to just 1-for-8 from downtown. As a team, the Ducks were 7-of-23 from three-point range.

We got to get better inside finishing for guards, bigs, we just got to be more dominant in there. We got to get in the paint more, passing it, driving it. — Payton Pritchard

What does this loss mean for Oregon? Besides a drop in both the national rankings and Pac-12 conference standings, Oregon has a huge opportunity coming up. Of the remaining seven conference games on their schedule, the Ducks will play five at home: host No. 24 Colorado and Utah; then on the road at the Arizona schools; and then back home for a three-game homestand hosting Oregon State, CAL and Stanford.

We got five games at home out of the next seven… let’s make something happen. — Payton Pritchard 

UP NEXT: The Ducks host No. 24 Colorado on Thursday night, tip-off set for 6 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State upsets No. 14 Oregon in round one of the Civil War


Instant Analysis: Oregon State upsets No. 14 Oregon in round one of the Civil War

CORVALLIS, Oregon - It was an absolute battle from start to finish, but what more could you expect from the Civil War.

In part one, at Gill Coliseum, Oregon and Oregon State mirrored one another’s runs throughout the game. 

In the end, it was the Oregon State Beavers (14-9, 4-7 Pac-12) with the upset win over No. 14 Oregon (18-6, 7-4 Pac-12) 63-53 in a sold-out crowd.

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:


The Ducks finished the first half immensely better than how they started it. Oregon State had a five-point lead, 24-19 with just over six minutes to play in the first half. Oregon would go on a 13-4 run that started off with Anthony Mathis heating up from three-point range, something Ducks fans all know he’s capable of, followed by another three-pointer, this time from Shakur Juiston. Another three from Mathis forced the Beavers to be spread defensively and opened up the paint for layups from Chris Duarte and Chandler Lawson. Oregon State did not score in the final 3:23 of the half.

Ducks take the lead at halftime, 32-28.


Just as hot as the Ducks finished the first half, the Beavers started the second half. Oregon State closed the gap on a couple monster dunks, taking advantage of the smaller Ducks forwards in Juiston and Lawson. It was just the momentum Oregon State needed to get back on track, including a 14-2 run over the course of 10 minutes and 38 seconds.


Oregon State’s Zach Reichle drilled two key three-pointers in the final minutes of the game to give the Beavers a five-point cushion. On the other end, Oregon got open looks from behind the arc, but couldn’t knock them down.

Be sure to check back to our website throughout the night for quotes from the locker room as well as video.

What to expect in Part I of the Men’s Civil War between UO-OSU

What to expect in Part I of the Men’s Civil War between UO-OSU

Welcome to Part I of the Men's Civil War series between Oregon and Oregon State. 

The rivalry has a different flair to it as the two schools are separated by just 47 miles of freeway.

Last season, Oregon State completed the Civil War sweep with wins in Eugene (77-72) and in Corvallis (72-57). The Beavers lead this series all-time, 189-163.

Here's what you need to know ahead of the game:


Points per game:

Oregon (2) - 76.8

Oregon State (3) - 73.8

Rebounds per game:

Oregon (7) - 36.2

Oregon State (11) - 33.4


Oregon (1) - 38.7%

Oregon State (9) - 32.2%


Oregon State (3) - 14.5

Oregon (4) - 14.3

OREGON DUCKS (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12)

Ranked No. 14 in the nation and the leaders of the Pac-12 conference Oregon Ducks are coming off a weekend series split in the Bay Area. Senior guard Payton Pritchard is searching for his 100th career win in an Oregon uniform and is just one of three active D1 players averaging 19.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. He leads the Pac-12 conference in both points (19.6) and assists (5.8) per game.

Pritchard has taken over a number of games in the closing minutes this season, reaching double figures in the last five minutes of regulation and overtime five times this season, all of them wins.

It has been the recent play from Oregon’s guards that has been the difference maker lately: the trio of Pritchard along with sophomore Will Richardson, who is averaging 10.2 points and shooting .444% from three-point range, and Chris Duarte, averaging 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game, has been stellar.

The Ducks will also be without Francis Okoro, the 6-foot-9 in Corvallis as he will be in Nigeria attending a funeral for his father who passed away unexpectedly in December. N’Faly Dante is also not been cleared medically yet, per Dana Altman during Oregon’s Thursday’s practice availability.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (13-9, 3-7 Pac-12)

The Beavers are also coming off a series split in the Bay Area, but just the opposite. A huge 68-63 win against the Stanford Cardinal followed by a devastating 69-67 loss to the Cal Bears two days later. Despite losing five of their past six games, when Oregon State can play like they know they can, they are a dangerous team. The Beavers have big wins over Arizona, Colorado and Stanford but also paired with bad losses to Cal, Washington, Utah and Washington State.

Seniors Tres TInkle and Kylor Kelley have been dominant on both ends of the floor. Tinkle is third in the conference in scoring (19.2) and first in the conference in steals (2.0). Meanwhile Kelley, at 7-feet tall, leads the conference in blocks per game (3.8). Kelley has 4-5 inches over Oregon’s Shakur Juiston and Chandler Lawson, and with Okoro not available, this needs to be a matchup that Kelley takes advantage of on both ends of the court.

Junior guard Ethan Thompson, the three-year starter, has also been consistent lately averaging 15.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.


WHO: No. 14 Oregon @ Oregon State

WHEN: Saturday, February 8 // tip-off at 7:30 p.m. (PT)

WHERE: Corvallis, Oregon // Gill Coliseum

TV: Pac-12 Network 

RADIO: Oregon Sports Network

What to expect in Part II of the Civil War

What to expect in Part II of the Civil War

Less than 48 hours later, here we are again. After taking round one of the Civil War weekend series, No. 4 Oregon and No. 7 Oregon State meet again but this time 45 minutes north up I-5 in Corvallis, Oregon.

After taking round one on Friday night 76-64 over the Beavers, the Ducks will now have the opportunity to not only go home with a Civil War series sweep, but also for the first time win in Corvallis during the Kelly Graves, Sabrina Ionescu era. The last time Oregon won in Corvallis dates back to the 2009-10 season.

On the other hand, the Beavers have the opportunity to continue their win-streak against the Ducks at home where Oregon State is 11-1 at Gill Coliseum this season.

Here are keys to the game for both Oregon and Oregon State in part two of the Civil War:


The Ducks’ largest lead on Friday night got as high as 21 points with 7:53 left in the game. A comfortable lead with a lot of senior leadership starting with seniors Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. Unfortunately, that comfortable feeling didn’t last long and Oregon State would make a valiant comeback before running out of time. 

The trio of Ionescu, Hebard and Satou Sabally combined for 57 or Oregon’s 76 total points. Taylor Chavez continues to provide a spark off the bench and added nine points off a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range (Chavez is leading the Pac-12 conference in three-point shooting percentage at 47.2%). 

If the Ducks are to win for the first time since 2009-10, the keys are continuing to put on-ball pressure on Oregon State guards Destiny Slocum, Mikayla Pivec and Aleah Goodman while containing 6-foot-4 freshman Taylor Jones down low. Hebard had that defensive assignment on Friday night and will need to make life difficult in the paint.

We're not really happy splitting wins with them. We're going to have to take that next step, and be an elite team on the road. — Sabrina Ionescu


The freshman forwards stepped up big time vs. Oregon on Friday night. Taylor Jones dropped 21 points and 6-foot-6 Kennedy Brown added 12 rebounds. Brown has a nice outside shot so don’t expect her to record zero points in today’s meeting. 

This one will rely on the upperclassmen. Senior guard Mikayla Pivec was held to eight points and five rebounds, an uncharacteristic night on the boards for the Pac-12 leader in rebounds at 9.6 per game. Senior Kat Tudor, who got her first start since coming off an ACL injury, looked rusty. The sharp-shooter had zero points going 0-for-7 from the field and 0-for-6 from downtown.

Junior Aleah Goodman provided a spark off the bench recording 11 points, three assists and two steals.

The Beavers proved that no lead is ever safe and if they are to continue the home win-streak against the Ducks, they have to stick to their game, dominate the paint, hit those outside shots while trying to contain the nation’s best player in Ionescu.

And I look back to Oregon...three years ago in particular and even [Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard's] freshman year, the Civil War weekend is where they changed. They had to elevate to play against us and they did and they learned a lot about themselves and took their games to a new level...and that created momentum for them. Well, I think we're having to rise because both of these teams are so good, the margin of error is small and we're competitors. — Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck

WHO: No. 4 Oregon at No. 7 Oregon State

WHERE: Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

TIME: 1 p.m. (PT)


RADIO: Oregon Sports Network

Both women’s Civil War games have officially sold out and with good reason!

Both women’s Civil War games have officially sold out and with good reason!

Two potential top 5 teams. A glimpse at the future WNBA draft picks. Two teams just 47.1 miles from one another. We are just three weeks away from a shootout in the state of Oregon between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets, your time has run out. 

On December 20, 2019, the Beavs announced that the Civil War in Corvallis on Sunday, January 26 had been sold out.

On Monday, the Ducks announced that the Civil War in Eugene on Friday, January 24 was also sold out. 

The Civil War series will begin in Eugene at Matthew Knight Arena, home to 12,364 screaming Ducks fans. A hostile environment and one that the Ducks don’t lose in often, if at all. Oregon’s sole home loss last season was to UCLA on Friday, February 22.

Round two of the Civil War will tip off 42 hours later and 45 minutes north in Corvallis at Gill Coliseum, home to 9,604 loud Beavs fans. 

Last season, the Civil War was split with each team winning on their respected home courts. 

Both No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Oregon State swept their Pac-12 conference opening weekends vs. Colorado and Utah. 

OSU's Jake Luton: 'I just haven't been able to throw all week'

OSU's Jake Luton: 'I just haven't been able to throw all week'

EUGENE – Oregon State senior quarterback Jake Luton stood amidst a crowd of reporters, fighting his emotions and his disappointment after his team's 24-10 loss to Oregon.

Six years of trying to finish his college football career, of fighting off injuries – including a serious spinal problem – and with a bowl game and a storybook ending to that career on the line, he just couldn’t do it.

He couldn‘t finish it. He couldn’t even suit up. And there he stood, dutifully answering questions from media who had no idea until gametime that he would have to sit out the Civil War in Autzen Stadium with an injury to his right (throwing) forearm.

“I don’t think I can even put it into words, how frustrating it is for my last game, to not even suit up,” he said, fighting back tears. “I just couldn’t throw the ball. If I could play in any fashion, there is no way I wouldn’t suit up.”

Luton, a senior who was the lynchpin of the Beaver resurgence this season, said he hit his arm on another player’s helmet during the Washington State game last week.

“It happened pretty early in the game,” he said. ”I was able to play through it. I knew something was up. I was having trouble squeezing the ball. But once I got off the field, it started swelling up.

“I’ve been trying all week, but it got worse. The trainers have been trying to get it right. I haven’t been able to throw all week… I couldn’t throw the ball.”

So, after one last-ditch effort in pre-game warmups, Luton had to do one of the toughest things he’s ever had to do in his life – tell his coaches he couldn’t get the job done.

“I mean, still, right now, it’s the most disappointing thing I’ve had to do personally,” he said, struggling to find the words. “My last game as a ‘Beav.’ I’ve worked really hard and not to be able to finish was really frustrating.”

So, sophomore transfer Tristan Gebbia was thrust into the starting lineup after playing sparingly throughout the season. He acquitted himself fine, going 26-40 for 243 yards. But Luton was missed, no question about it.

“Right before the game, when I got the pads on, that’s when I knew,” Gebbia said. “I have the most respect for Jake Luton anybody could have for another person. My heart is broken for that man. I told him I was sorry I couldn’t do it for him.”

Luton said, “I’m proud of him – super-proud of him. He did a great job.”

The Beavers outgained the Ducks 380-355 yards and Oregon didn’t do anything to put a lot of fear into Utah, whom the Ducks meet for the Pac-12 title Friday.

Oregon got a touchdown on 98-yard kickoff return and a punt return set up another score.

In the end, Luton – and the Beavers – will always wonder what it would have been like if Luton, their leader, had played.

“Jake had overcome so much,” OSU Coach Jonathan Smith said. “And he stayed healthy throughout this year. I’ll give him credit, too, he wasn’t going to put himself out there if he couldn’t help the team.”

Oregon uniform update: Traditional Ducks in Civil War

Oregon uniform update: Traditional Ducks in Civil War

The No. 14 Oregon Ducks will be donning ­­­­on Saturday at 1 p.m (PT) in Autzen Stadium against rival Oregon State. Ducks fans are encouraged to wear yellow to the matchup.

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Oregon's "Nike Vapor Fusion" uniform is celebrating its 20th anniversary of their partnership with Nike. The winged helmets are back and the jerseys feature large "Mighty Oregon" font resembling last season's "Oregon Football 2.0" uniform with slight differences. The addition of Nightmare Green is the biggest change while notably no black set was released (yet). 

Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) has secured a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game as the North Division champion and looking for its first 10-win season since 2014. The Ducks have won 10 of the last 11 games, including five straight in Autzen Stadium, against Oregon State (5-6, 4-4 Pac-12).

Numbers to know: In six home games (6-0) this season, Oregon has outscored its opponents 245-60, including 127-21 in the second half.


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Who will win the Civil War? The underachievers or the overachievers?

Who will win the Civil War? The underachievers or the overachievers?

I’d like to say Oregon State is going to march into Autzen Stadium tomorrow afternoon and give Oregon’s Ducks all they can handle in the annual Civil War.

I’d like to say that because it would be great to get back to the days of the Civil War being a competitive game. The days of it being a game that holds your interest to the very last second.

But I just don’t think I can say that.

With all the strides the Beavers have made this season under Coach Jonathan Smith, they still aren’t on the level of Oregon. And with that said, I see OSU as overachievers this season and Oregon as underachievers.

Underachieving when you’ve won the Pac-12 North and have a chance to capture the conference championship? Yes. And I say it based on all I heard this season from the Ducks.

The narrative this year out of Eugene was that this was a special team, capable of competing for a national championship. A team with a legitimate candidate for a Heisman Trophy playing quarterback. A team with the best offensive line in the country. A team with a defense unlike any since the glory days of Gang Green.

And then after their opening game, when they went out and blew a halftime lead to a true-freshman quarterback playing in his very first collegiate game, the hype still didn’t stop.

I heard so much about how physical this team was. That was going to be the hallmark of these Ducks – they weren’t going to be pushed around by anybody on either side of the ball.

Well… they did win the Pac-12 North, but in part because the other two traditional powers – Washington and Stanford – had uncharacteristically poor seasons. I’ve felt for the last several years that the reason the Ducks don’t get as much national respect as they think they deserve is a backlash to their hype machine, which is nurtured by a local media/blogging community that walks into a post-game news conference and asks the coach questions like, "How great was your defense today?"

Sometimes it’s best just to go out and prove your worth on the field and let the hype take care of itself. In the end, Oregon’s chase for a national playoff berth ended in the desert, where another freshman quarterback picked them apart late in a game. The Ducks lost to Arizona State, which, with the win, snapped a four-game losing streak to the likes of UCLA, USC and the Beavers.

The Ducks are good, though. Make no mistake about that. Good enough to handle Oregon State by at least three touchdowns, I’m guessing. Good enough to give Utah a go for the conference title. All in all, a pretty good team.

But their problem has always been that they’re never quite as good as they think they are.

Which may be what’s keeping them from being the very best they can be.

Bragging Rights: There’s nothing civil about it

Bragging Rights: There’s nothing civil about it

This Saturday, it just means more.

At 1 p.m. in Autzen Stadium, the 123rd Civil War will kick off between the Oregon Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) and the Oregon State Beavers (5-6, 4-4 Pac-12) in a large game for both teams. Oregon is looking to complete their first ten win season since they went to the National Championship in 2014. Oregon State looks to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2013. 

In honor of the game, NBC Sports NW produced a special detailing the rivalry from both sides named Bragging Rights: The Civil War Rivalry presented by Subaru.  

When Mike Parker, voice of the Beavers, first moved to Oregon in 1973, who he was pulling for in the Civil War. You’re a Duck or a Beaver. One or the other, never both.

“I really got up for those games because I knew this is a moment to make history,” said Talkin’ Ducks host Jordan Kent.

There is just something different with the Oregon vs. Oregon State Civil War rivalry compared to let’s say Arizona-Arizona State or the Apple Cup. On several occasions, the winner of this game has gone to the Rose Bowl or featured two teams fighting for one more game. 

Civil War, December, 1 2007: Oregon State visiting No. 17 ranked Oregon in Autzen Stadium.

“Everybody went crazy. Playing for the Beavers, I didn’t realize how huge this game was to everybody. I figured that out after I got back [to Corvallis],” said former Oregon State running back James Rodgers (2007-2011).

What will the 123 chapter of the Civil War rivalry have in store for us? Only time will tell this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon Ducks thankful for: Pumpkin pie, ham and a big rivalry game

Oregon Ducks thankful for: Pumpkin pie, ham and a big rivalry game

A meaningful Civil War game is on the horizon, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who is thankful for the rivalry matchup. It appears the weather will be cold, but not wet, another reason to give thanks. It’ll be a momentous senior day, when fans in Autzen Stadium can show their gratitude and say farewell to a special senior class that has been toughened by a tumultuous career at Oregon.

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Oregon is one win away from its first 10-win season since 2014 with a chance to be crowned Pac-12 Champions. Now that the College Football Playoff is out of the picture, senior quarterback Justin Herbert said, “It means everything,” to learn from the Arizona State loss and refocus on finishing the season strong.

This Thanksgiving, Herbert would be grateful for an upcoming win against the Oregon State Beavers. 

But, what are the other Ducks thankful for? I asked them:

Coach Mario Cristobal

“I think my favorite part about Thanksgiving is that we’re practicing and getting ready for a game. What am I, 49? I can’t remember the last time Thanksgiving was here and we weren’t practicing. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself, I really wouldn’t. Thank God for that, I think that’s the greatest thing in the world, and we will practice. We will practice and give thanks for all our many blessings and instead of our lunch meal it will be a Thanksgiving spread. It’s a business week. I think we all know this football life as a player, as a coach, as an AD, a president, this is your work time. Our guys understand that and I think it makes you appreciate everything that much more when you do so. It will be all about business and to have the best week of prep we can possibly have.”

Junior wide receiver Johnny Johnson

“The food, for sure. Candied yams! That’s one of my favorites… I eat ham instead of turkey. I’m a ham guy.”

Defensive coordinator Andy Avalos

“Pumpkin pie, with whipped cream. Without question.”

This season’s Civil War is “everything you could want in a college football game,” according to Cristobal. Today, I’m thankful for pecan pie and an exciting rivalry game with bragging rights on the line.