CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris put himself in Oregon State's shoes when contemplating today's Civil War.
If he were a Beaver, Harris says that right about now he’d be thinking: “We’ve got to give it our best shot. They’re No. 1 in the nation and we want to knock them off their high horse.”
Yep, that about covers it.
With the BCS title game nearly within grasp, there’s one thing that top-ranked Oregon can be sure of: The Beavers are going to bring it. Oregon State (5-6, 4-4 Pac-10) needs one more win to become bowl eligible and avoid a losing season for the first time since 2005.
And there’s no better time to play the ultimate spoiler’s role than in the regular-season season finale between the two longtime rivals.
“This is it,” said Beavers senior cornerback James Dockery. “We’ve got to figure out a way.”
It won’t be easy. Oregon State has had an uneven season at best, and has dropped three of its last four games, including a disheartening loss to lowly Washington State and a 38-0 shutout by Stanford last weekend.
After breaking in new quarterback Ryan Katz this season, the Beavers were hurt when they lost senior receiver James Rodgers to a season-ending knee injury in early October.
Rodgers, the older brother of running back Jacquizz Rodgers, was averaging 176.8 yards of total offense before he was injured.