Beavers claim title in Civil War Blood Drive

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logoWith a total of 7,179 ballots cast in the 13th Annual Civil War Blood Drive, the Oregon State University Beavers have ended the University of Oregon Ducks’ four-year winning streak by just 47 votes.

It’s a painful loss for Duck fans, but the knowledge that each pint of blood donated during the Civil War Blood Drive may save as many as three lives helps lessen the blow.

About the Civil War Blood Drive

This year’s event ran from Nov. 1-23. Lane Blood Center, the American Red Cross and both universities’ alumni associations took part in a statewide campaign to increase community blood donations prior to the critical holiday season. Fans, students and alumni of each university were encouraged to donate on behalf of their team at blood drives throughout Oregon. Donors cast votes for their team of choice and were entered into a drawing to win tickets to the Nov. 26 Civil War football game at Reser Stadium. (The winner is notified by telephone before the game.)

Everyone’s a Winner

There have been some close contests over the years, as the traveling trophy passes between the Ducks and Beavers. The 2014 contest was the closest on record, followed by the Ducks’ 2010 win over the Beavers by just 118 votes. (See below for historical scores.)

No matter the score, at the end of the Civil War, hospital patients are the real winners, knowing that blood will be available if and when it is needed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

CWBD historical score

Author: Rebecca Taylor

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