Kenjon Barner ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns and No. 5 Oregon defeated No. 16 Oregon State 48-24 Saturday in the Civil War in Corvallis, Ore.
The victory initially kept the Ducks (11-1, 8-1) alive for a spot in the Pac-12 title game, but Stanford defeated UCLA to clinch the North Division.
Stanford's 17-14 overtime victory over Oregon the previous Saturday meant that both teams finished the regular season with one conference loss, but the Cardinal claimed the head-to-head matchup to advance to the championship game.
"You can let it define you, destroy you or strengthen you," Barner said of Oregon bouncing back from the loss to Stanford. "With this team, every loss we've taken in the past, it's strengthened us, made us stronger. Looking back on Stanford, it was a loss. We knew what we had to do to get back on the winning track, and we did it."
It was Oregon's fifth straight victory in the 116-game rivalry series with Oregon State.
Barner appeared to hurt his abdomen or ribs late in the first half and headed for the locker room. He returned after the break, but much of the work went to De'Anthony Thomas until Barner returned on a scoring drive that made it 41-17 early in the fourth quarter.
Thomas finished with 122 yards rushing and three scores. Marcus Mariota threw for 140 yards and a score, and he also ran for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Sean Mannion threw for 311 yards and a late touchdown for the Beavers,
Utah State 45, Idaho 9: The No. 25 Aggies stomped the Vandals in Logan, Utah, to secure the first 10-win season in their 114-year history, along with their first Western Athletic Conference title after eight years.
It also will be the last WAC title for Utah State, which is moving to the Mountain West Conference. But first, the Aggies earned a spot in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for the second year in a row.
"We definitely know we did something big, but I don't know if we understand the significance," said senior cornerback Will Davis, part of a class that is tied for second-winningest in school history.
Davis fittingly had his own first. After intercepting a pass for the fifth consecutive week, he took it back for a 59-yard touchdown that bumped Utah State's lead to 21-0 with 13:03 left in the first half.
"Oh, man, that was amazing," Davis said. "To finally have a pick-six feels great."
Texas-San Antonio 38, Texas State 31: Eric Soza threw for three touchdowns and ran for one as the Roadrunners closed their season by beating the Bobcats in San Antonio.
BYU 50, New Mexico State 14: James Lark completed 34 of 50 passes for 384 yards and six touchdowns as the Cougars cruised past the Aggies in Las Cruces, N.M.