The Beavers entered the 1991 Civil War with high hopes. Despite entering Autzen with a 0-10 record, first year head coach Jerry Pettibone, had his team practice carrying the seniors off the field. Practice seemed to make perfect. The Beavers won their first game in Eugene in 18 years, 14-3.
The Ducks finished off a perplexing season by losing 6 in a row. Oregon had won 14 of the previous 16 Civil Wars.