Friday, December 04, 2009
The Civil War football game was a good one. Both teams are good, and with a berth in the Rose Bowl (January 1) on the line, it was a shame someone had to lose.
And for a while, it looked like the Oregon State Beavers had my Oregon Ducks figured out. OSU led the game 30-21 after 2 1/2 quarters. However, Oregon outscored the Beavers 16-3 the rest of the way for a 37-33 win. Oregon's defense held up when it had to, and the offense controlled the ball for the last six minutes of the game, keeping the ball out of OSU's hands.
So as it turns out, I'm a very happy college football fan this morning! It has been 15 years since the Ducks went to the Rose Bowl. I feel badly for the OSU fans, because the Beavers last went to the Rose Bowl in 1965. But I am still entirely glad the Ducks won. Duck fans now have state bragging rights for another year, by winning a game that was arguably the biggest in the history of the rivalry!
I will be merciful with my Beaver fan friends. In fact, had the Beavers won last night I was actually planning to buy a Beavers hat or shirt and wear it during the Rose Bowl. The only time I really root for OSU to lose is when they are playing U of O.
Now the Ducks play a different OSU: the Ohio State Buckeyes. Oregon has never beaten Ohio State in the seven games they have played over the years, but I hope this year is the time Oregon breaks that streak by winning a big time Bowl Championship Series game. I'm looking forward to a great afternoon on January 1; whether Oregon wins or loses, just being in the Rose Bowl is a great feeling. I am going to wallow in it for the next four weeks!