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Oregon Wins the Fiesta

In what could be Chip Kelly's final game as Oregon's head coach the Duck head coach went out in style. Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a score and the Ducks never looked back.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Kenjon Barner dominated the KSU defense.

Oregon blew out Kansas State 35-17 in Glendale, AZ and the No. 4 Oregon Ducks won their 12th game of the season to improve to 12-1.

Senior Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards on 31 carries and scored on a 23-yard touchdown catch. Freshman Marcus Mariota was named to game's Offensive Player of the Game and finished throwing 12-of-24 yards for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Mariota added eight carries and 62 yards and another touchdown.

Oregon and Thomas would score quickly again in the first quarter when Mariota found Thomas on a screen and he raced into the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Oregon led 15-0 going into the second quarter.

From there the Kansas State Wildcats took control of the second quarter. Collin Klein got KSU on the board early in the second quarter on a six-yard touchdown run to make it 15-7 and most importantly he sucked the wind out of Oregon's sails.

After the teams exchanged punts Kansas State put together another long drive capped off by a 25-yard field goal from Anthony Cantele.

Kansas State would appear to have a shot at taking the lead with a minute left in the first half but the Wildcats were called for a false start on fourth and one and then missed a field goal.

Oregon marched right down the field and scored their third touchdown of the first half when Mariota and Barner connected on a 24-yard pass to make it 22-10.

In the third quarter Oregon added a Alejandro Maldonado 33-yard field goal and then a Mariota two-yard touchdown run to make it 32-10 going into the fourth.

After KSU's John Hubert scored a 10-yard shuttle pass to make it 32-17 early in the fourth Oregon put together a long drive that ate up over six minutes of time. It ended with another Maldonado 24-yard field goal to make it 35-17.

Oregon's defense held the vaunted Wildcats offense to just 283 yards and 132 yards rushing. Senior Collin Klein finished throwing 17-of-32 for 151 yards and one touchdown but two interceptions. Chris Harper caught eight passes for 71 yards.

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