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CJ Verdell has 5 TDs in Oregon’s 55-15 win over Oregon State

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018

Oregon running back C.J. Verdell heads for a touchdown Friday during the first half against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. (Timothy J. Gonzalez / AP)
Oregon running back C.J. Verdell heads for a touchdown Friday during the first half against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. (Timothy J. Gonzalez / AP)
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CORVALLIS – CJ Verdell ran for 187 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught a scoring pass as Oregon defeated Oregon State 55-15 Friday in a Civil War victory that was marred by quarterback Justin Herbert’s first-half injury.

Herbert threw for 102 yards and a touchdown before he appeared to injure his shoulder or upper arm on a sack and left the field on a cart. The Ducks (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12) await bowl selection having been eliminated from contention for a berth in the conference championship game.

Verdell’s five touchdowns were the most for a Duck since 2012. Travis Dye ran for 199 yards and two additional TDs for Oregon.

The loss ended the season for the Beavers (2-10, 1-8) in coach Jonathan Smith’s first year as coach.

It may have been the final Civil War for Herbert, who could forgo his senior year to declare for the NFL Draft. He is widely considered one of the top prospects at the position, but could opt to stay at Oregon for the chance to play with his younger brother Patrick, a four-star tight end who has committed to the Ducks.

Herbert was replaced by backup Braxton Burmeister for the second half.

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