Skyler Phillips has been to many Oregon State games but this was his first Civil War matchup and it was a fun experience even though the Beavers lost.
The 6-foot-3, 340-pound offensive guard from Eugene (Ore.) Churchill had some friends razzing him about Oregon's victory but he didn't care that much because he's perfectly happy with how Oregon State has played this season.
"That was the first time I was ever to the Civil War game," Phillips said. "I grew up watching them on TV and everything. I've been to every other Oregon State home game so it was just one more.
"It was a little different though because a lot of my friends were there cheering on Oregon and people said stuff after the game like, 'Oh, what happened?' and everything and I told them they didn't get it this time but we'll see you next year."
Phillips, who looked tough at The Opening this summer, said wins are always important but he likes so much more about the Beavers that one loss is not at all a factor in his recruitment.
From the beginning when Oregon State started pursuing the local prospect, he was enamored with the coaching staff and the success this season is only an added bonus for him.
"It's a huge turnaround from last year," Phillips said. "I told somebody else that it's not all about wins and losses for me. I wouldn't have cared if they had another losing season.
"I'm all about the coaching staff, they're just great guys, and I met with some of the players this summer and we talked and they're great guys. It's an overall great program to go to and I'm excited to get started there."
Phillips is trying to schedule his official visit to Oregon State but nothing has been solidified yet. The Eugene Churchill standout is not planning any other trips.