Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Road to Rose Bowl: The Civil War for the Roses

3rd December 2009. It was the biggest college football game in the history of the state of Oregon. The 113th Civil War became a Pac-10 championship game, for the first time ever. A bigger prize at stake - a ticket to Rose Bowl on New Year's day. Oregon went into the Civil War game ranked seventh in the nation, while the Beavers had entered ranked thirteenth.

The War was a slug fest, but the Oregon Ducks finally wrestled away control in the fourth quarter, and they're headed for a Rose Bowl date with Ohio State after a 37-33victory at Autzen Stadium. It was also Oregon’s first Pac-10 title since 2001, when they went to the Fiesta Bowl and formally ended USC’s seven-season reign atop the league.

LaMichael James ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns for Oregon and Jeremiah Masoli threw for 201 yards and a touchdown for the Ducks. Oregon State, vying for its first Rose Bowl berth since the 1964 season, had Sean Canfield throwing for 306 yards and two touchdowns while Jacquizz Rodgers, the Pac-10’s second-leading rusher behind Stanford’s Toby Gerhart with an average of 119.4 yards a game, rushed for just 64 yards and a score.

The Pac-10 Champion, Oregon, will play the Big 10 Champion, Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena on 1st January 2010. Fans in Malaysia can watch the game live on Astro Star Sports, 2nd January 2010 starting at 6am.

Go Ducks!

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