The Ducks overwhelmed undefeated Florida State with a blazing fast offense and swarming defense en route to a dominant 59-20 win at the Rose Bowl.
The game was fairly even on both sides through one half, but Florida State continually shot itself in the foot with five second-half turnovers. And as the Seminoles continued to turn the ball over, the Ducks’ offense, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, continually cashed in with 41 second-half points – 35 of which came off FSU turnovers.
By the time the fourth quarter rolled around the game was already in hand, and Oregon continued to pile on as it punched its ticket to the Jan. 12 title game against either Alabama or Ohio State in Arlington, Texas.
While the final score may not reflect it, this was a tight contest early. Oregon’s lead was just 8-3 (Oregon successfully converted a two-point conversion following its first TD) and the Ducks’ defense kept it that way by stuffing Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston on a goal-line stand to open the second quarter.
That’s when Oregon’s tempo really started to take its toll. The Ducks’ drive following the goal line stand led to only a field goal to give Oregon an 11-3 lead, but its 19 plays were ran at hyper speed, spanning 88 yards in just 4:45 of game time.
And when the Seminoles got their own offense going, it stalled in the red zone and settled for another Roberto Aguayo field goal late in the second.
While the Seminoles struggled in the red zone, Oregon thrived. The Ducks again quickly worked their way down the field following Aguayo’s field goal and scored via a Thomas Tyner touchdown run to go ahead 18-6.