Top 25 football • The Ducks beat the Beavers for the fifth consecutive time.
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Corvallis Ore. • Kenjon Barner ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns despite leaving the game for a time with an injury, and No. 5 Oregon defeated No. 16 Oregon State 48-24 in the Civil War on Saturday, keeping alive the Ducks' hopes for a spot in the Pac-12 title game and even an outside chance at the national championship.
De'Anthony Thomas, who helped pick up the slack while Barner was on the sidelines, ran for 122 yards and three scores for the Ducks (11-1, 8-1).
After Oregon's undefeated season was thwarted by a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford last weekend, the Ducks had to wait for UCLA's game against the Cardinal later Saturday to see who would be headed to the conference championship game. Both Oregon and Stanford started the day with one conference loss in the league's northern division.
It was Oregon's fifth straight victory in the 116-game rivalry series with the Beavers.
While the Civil War normally is the season finale for both teams, Oregon State (8-3, 6-3) will host Nicholls State next Saturday in a matchup that was supposed to open the season but was put off when Hurricane Isaac bore down on the Colonels' Thibodaux, La., campus.
The Beavers will have to wait to find out where they're headed for a bowl game, but their season already can be counted a success after they went just 3-9 last year.