Thursday, November 24, 2011

November 24, 2011
In the final week of regular season conference play, the Ducks head into the Civil War with a berth in the Pac-12 Championship game on the line; another "big" game for the Ducks.

After a frenetic comeback attempt against USC fell short, the Ducks find themselves at 9-2 overall this season and 7-1 in conference play. Oregon State, meanwhile, has been struggling most of the season, but are coming off of an emotional senior day victory over Washington that brings their record to 3-8 overall and 3-5 in conference play.

In this continuing series from Duck Sports Authority we bring you the head-to-head match-ups of the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers. Today the focus is on offense.


OSU: Oregon State began the season with Ryan Katz returning at the quarterback position, but it became quickly apparent that Katz was no longer in their long term plans as the Beavers moved to the future with redshirt freshman Sean Mannion. Mannion is taller than Katz and has a very strong arm. He is, however, very young and has made many mistakes as would be expected of a freshman starter in the Pac-12 conference. Nonetheless, Mannion is fourth in the Pac-12 and 16th in the nation in total passing yards this season. Mannion has completed 278-429 passes for 3029 yards and 13 touchdowns. Mannion leads the conference and is tied for worst in the nation...

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