EUGENE, Ore. -- When the ball left quarterback Marcus Mariota's hands for what turned out to be
a game-winning throw, the Oregon quarterback was worried.
"It was a bad throw," Mariota said. "Josh Huff made a great catch."
Huff, the wide receiver, disagreed, with a smile.
"It was the best throw Marcus has made all year," Huff said.
It was a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mariota to Huff with 29 seconds remaining that lifted No.
12 Oregon to a 36-35 win over rival Oregon State Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon trailed 35-30 with less than two minutes remaining before Mariota drove the Ducks 83
yards in nine plays in just 1 minute, 9 seconds for the win.
"One of the best drives of my life," Mariota said.
Oregon bounced back from a disappointing loss at Arizona last week to finish the regular season
at 10-2, including a 7-2 mark in Pac-12 play. Oregon retained slim hopes of returning to a BCS
"It was a huge win and a great game," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "We knew both teams
would come out with a lot of emotion and we finished. We talked in the fourth quarter that this
could be one of those games we talk about forever and it turned out to be a great finish. I didn't
know it would be that tight, but proud of the effort."
There were four lead changes in the fourth quarter.
Oregon State took a 35-30 lead when receiver Victor Bolden ran 25 yards for a touchdown with
"We left too much time on the clock," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "We were already in the mode of running some time off the clock. I was pretty sure we were going to score but I wasn't sure whether it would be with a field goal or touchdown. When you have a chance to score, you have to score."
The Ducks had the answer when Mariota found Huff in the end zone for the game-winning pass.
Huff had nine catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns while Mariota threw for 285 yards and
three scores. True freshman running back Thomas Tyner added 140 yards on 22 carries and a
touchdown for Oregon.
Oregon went ahead 30-29 when Mariota threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Huff with 7:56 left in
the game. The Ducks went for a two-point conversion, but Mariota threw an incomplete pass.
Oregon State went into the lead earlier in the quarter at 29-24 lead when Beavers quarterback
Sean Mannion threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to receiver Tyler Anderson with 11:05 remaining in the
The Beavers attempted a two-point conversion, but running back Storm Woods was stuffed.
Oregon State took its first lead at 20-17 on a 47-yard field goal by kicker Trevor Romaine with
10:43 left in the third quarter. The drive was set up when Oregon was stuffed for a loss on
fourth-and-one at its own 45-yard line.
Oregon bounced back when Mariota drove them 75 yards before throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass
to Huff to put the Ducks ahead 24-20 with 7:46 left in the third quarter.
Oregon State looked ready to go back into the lead when it drove to the Oregon 4-yard line, but
running back Terron Ward slipped on fourth-and-one to give the ball back to the Ducks.
Oregon tried to pad its lead early in the fourth quarter, but kicker Matt Wogan missed a 43-
yard field goal with 12:49 left to play.
Mannion was 29-for-47 for 314 yards and two touchdowns while receiver Brandin Cooks had 10
catches for 119 yards. He set the Pac-12 record for catches in a season with 120. Ward ran for 145
yards on 17 carries as Oregon State ran for 231 yards on 39 carries.
"It's the way you beat (the Ducks)," Riley said. "It's pretty clear. You run, you take time off the clock -- it's how you beat them."
Oregon scored on its first drive when it drove 80 yards in seven plays before running back
De'Anthony Thomas had a 5-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. The Ducks pushed
the lead to 14-0 in the final seconds of the quarter when Tyner scored on a 13-yard touchdown run.
Oregon had a couple of mistakes on special teams to set up Oregon State for its first touchdown
in the second quarter.
Oregon wide receiver Bralon Addison fumbled a punt that gave Oregon State the ball at the
Oregon 23-yard line. On fourth down, the Beavers missed a field-goal attempt, but Oregon defensive
back Dior Mathis was flagged for running into the kicker to keep Oregon State's drive alive. Woods
had a 2-yard touchdown run to get the Beavers within 14-7 with 9:35 left in the first half.
Oregon answered with a 20-yard field goal by Wogan to take a 17-7 lead.
Oregon State responded with an 18-yard field goal by Romaine to get within 17-10.
Oregon's next possession ended when Oregon State cornerback Steven Nelson intercepted Mariota
at the Oregon 32-yard line for just the third interception this season of the Oregon quarterback.
Oregon State drove to the Oregon 2-yard line before Cooks fumbled the ball into the end zone for a
However, cornerback Rashaad Reynolds intercepted Mariota and the Beavers followed with a
touchdown pass from Mannion to Ward to tie the score 17-17 at halftime.
NOTES: Oregon sophomore RB Byron Marshall missed the game with a foot injury suffered last week
at Arizona. Marshall leads the Ducks with 995 yards and 14 touchdowns on 155 carries. ... Oregon
State TE Connor Hamlett, who had 36 catches for 329 yards and five touchdowns, suffered a knee
injury in the first quarter and did not return. ... Oregon will go to a bowl game for the ninth
straight season and to its 21st bowl in 25 seasons, tied for the fifth most of any program in the
nation during that time. Oregon State is one of nine Pac-12 teams that is bowl eligible, but the
conference only has seven bowl affiliations, so the Beavers are on the bubble for the postseason.
... Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks was named this week as a finalist for the Biletnikoff ward given
to the top receiver in the nation.