The lights of Portland’s historic Morrison Bridge turned OSU orange on Monday night to rally the city’s more than 41,000 Beaver alumni in advance of the Dec. 3 Civil War.
Part of OSU’s “Powered by Orange” campaign, the lighting was sponsored by two well-known Beaver Believers – Bob Miller, morning radio host for KPAM, the Portland flagship station of the Beaver Sports Radio Network, and Pat Reser, co-chair of The Campaign for OSU, a $625-million fund-raising effort that has brought more than $540 million in donations thus far. The lights will stay on through the annual football showdown between OSU and the University of Oregon.
As most fans already know, OSU is ranked no. 16 this week in the Associated Press poll, while Oregon is ranked tenth. OSU has won six of its last seven games, Oregon, nine of its last 10. This year’s Civil War winner earns more than bragging rights: A Rose Bowl invitation is on the line.
Morrison Bridge’s lights shone as brightly as Beaver Nation hopes on Monday, with more than 1,000 light-emitting diodes glowing orange under a clear Portland sky. In the best spirit of OSU, known for its environmental values and alternative energy research, the eye-catching display uses only 82 watts of electricity for each of 32 fixtures on the span. Built in 1954, the bridge was formerly illuminated by halide lights that drew 1,000 watts each.