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History shows anything can happen in the Civil War

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History shows anything can happen in the Civil War

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Back in 2000, Oregon had a chance to clinch a Rose Bowl berth with a victory over Oregon State in the Civil War rivalry game. Instead, Joey Harrington threw five interceptions and the Ducks lost 23-13 in Corvallis.

There's been some debate among fans this week about which loss was harder, that game 12 years ago or Oregon's 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford last weekend. Only time will ultimately tell for the Ducks, but the stakes are high again for this year's Civil War on Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Fifth-ranked Oregon (10-1, 7-1) needs a win over the No. 16 Beavers (8-2, 6-2) for a shot at its fourth straight Pac-12 championship. The Ducks also need the No. 11 Cardinal (9-2, 7-1) to lose to southern division winner UCLA in Los Angeles on Saturday.

While the loss to Stanford dealt a blow to Oregon's national championship hopes, the Ducks could still be in the mix if USC can upset top-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame on Saturday.

But first, it's the Civil War. And, as Oregon State coach Mike Riley often says about the game: ``Anything can happen.''

It is the seventh most-contested rivalry in football, starting in 1894, when Oregon State - then Oregon Agricultural College - won 16-0. In 1916, Oregon defeated OAC 27-0, giving the Ducks a 6-0-1 regular-season record and their first-ever appearance in the Rose Bowl, where they defeated Penn 14-0.

The 1933 game was notable because of the so-called ``pyramid play.'' Oregon's extra-point attempt was blocked by Clyde Devine, who was lifted in the air by his teammates. The Ducks defeated Oregon State 13-3, and the play was later banned by the NCAA.

In 1962, the Beavers and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Terry Baker trailed 17-6 at halftime but dominated the second half. Baker's 13-yard touchdown pass to Danny Espalin in the fourth quarter sealed a 20-17 victory.

The Beavers will honor the 50th anniversary of Baker's Heisman-worthy season this Saturday with a pre-game ceremony.

A week after defeating top-ranked USC and O.J. Simpson 3-0 on a muddy November day in 1967, the Beavers' famous ``Giant Killers'' came back from a 10-0 deficit to win the first Civil War at the new Autzen Stadium, 14-10.

The Toilet Bowl, a 0-0 tie on a blustery and wet day in November 1983, featured 11 fumbles, five interceptions and four missed field goals. It would go down as the last scoreless Division I college football game.

Jerry Pettibone got his first victory as the Beavers' coach, ending a string of 10 straight losses, in the 1991 Civil War. Quarterback Ian Shields, playing with a broken big toe, scored on a 6-yard bootleg for the go-ahead touchdown. Oregon State won 14-3, their first victory in Eugene in 18 years.

The Ducks entered the 1994 Civil War tied with Southern Cal for the Pac-10 championship and needed a win to clinch their first Rose Bowl berth since 1957. Trailing 13-10, Danny O'Neil drove the team 70 yards, hitting Dino Philyaw for a 19-yard touchdown with 3:47 to play, giving Oregon a 17-13 victory.

In the aforementioned 2000 game, the No. 8 Beavers denied the fifth-ranked Ducks a trip to Pasadena with a 23-13 victory. Afterward, Harrington wept in the arms of his father, John, who played the same position for the Ducks in the late 1960s and never beat Oregon State in three tries.

The Beavers snapped a 10-game winning streak for the home team in 2007 when James Rodgers scored on a fly sweep in overtime for a 38-31 victory, Oregon State's last in the series to date.

The next year the Beavers were looking toward their first Rose Bowl in 44 years with a victory in the final game when the Ducks romped to a 65-38 win in Corvallis. In 2009, the game was dubbed the ``War of the Roses'' because the winner was guaranteed a Rose Bowl berth. Oregon won 37-33.

Oregon was ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings going into the 2010 game and a 37-20 victory sent them to the national championship against Auburn.

This season Oregon is again the favorite going into the game, but Oregon State is likely to pose more of a challenge than it has in the past two seasons, when the Beavers couldn't muster enough wins for bowl eligibility.

With one game remaining in the regular season after the Civil War, Oregon State has undergone a stunning transformation after finishing just 3-9 last season. And while the Beavers aren't playing for a Rose Bowl berth, a win would improve their overall bowl position in the conference.

``I'm really excited about our team's opportunity,'' Riley said. ``I know we're going to have to plat a super game in a lot of ways to beat (Oregon) because they are really good. We have a ton of respect for their team and what they do. But I'm really excited about our team and the way they've worked all year and gotten better.''

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

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Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

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