A week after getting embarrassed by Utah, Oregon proved Saturday that they are still the team to beat in the Pac-12 North.
The No. 11 Ducks dominated the first half, then held off Oregon State 38-29 in a heated rivalry matchup to advance to the Pac-12 title game.
Oregon now gets a rematch with Utah, as the Ducks try to win the conference title for a third straight season, at 5 p.m. Friday.
Oregon’s offense put up just 7 points in Salt Lake City, but they scored 24 in the first half Saturday against the Beavers.
The Ducks went back to their basics, rushing for 231 yards.
Quarterback Anthony Brown had a strong game too, putting up 275 yards and two touchdowns on 23 of 28 passing.
The big concern for the Ducks heading into the championship game is their defense.
Oregon allowed Oregon State to get 393 yards of total offense and 29 points. And that after allowing 38 points to the Utes the week before.
The Ducks’ loss to Utah took them out of the College Football Playoff equation, but they can still win a third straight conference title and reach the Rose Bowl for the second time in three seasons.
The Beavers fought back in the second half, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter. They were hoping to get their second win in a row against rival Oregon for the first time since 2006-07.
Things got heated late in the game, and a scuffle broke out in the end zone in the final minutes.
You love to see the passion, but you hate to see tempers boil over.
This could only get even more heated, as Oregon State is back on track, putting more on the line when the two teams battle.
The Beavers now wait for their bowl game, the first for Oregon State since 2013.
It was a good day of college football in the state.
It’s so much more fun when both teams have something on the line.
This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Ducks-Beavers rivalry game gets heated