It was a miserable night in Arlington, TX for head coach Chip Kelly and the Oregon Duck football team as the Ducks time and time again made costly mistakes that led the LSU Tigers running away with a convincing 40-27 victory.
"Our football team is united. They play together," LSU head coach Le Miles said following the game. "You put a ball on the line and they'll scrap you for it."
Oregon certainly put the ball on the line in the third quarter and it cost the Ducks.
Oregon freshman running back De'Anthony Thomas committed his first of two turnovers early in the third quarter when the Ducks were pinned deep inside their own side of the field.
LSU Safety Eric Reid was able to scoop the ball right up and would later score on a five-yard touchdown run by sophomore Michael Ford.
One the ensuing kickoff LSU defender Craig Loston punched the ball out of Thomas' hands on a big return and LSU recovered it.
Oregon wouldn't be able to keep LSU out of the endzone and Spencer Ware would eventually find his way into the endzone and turn a 13-16 game into a 13-30 game in a matter of minutes.
Drew Alleman would tack on a field goal early in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers a 33-13 lead.
Darron Thomas would help guide the Ducks down a 13 play and nearly five minute drive that massed 68 total yards with an ending play of Thomas hitting sophomore receiver Josh Huff in the back of the endzone for a touchdown.
Down 33-20 with just over half a quarter left in the game the Ducks had life and were able to force the Tigers into a three-and-out but the Ducks themselves would turn the ball over on downs.
LSU's Ford would eventually score on a 16-yard scamper and seal the game away from the Ducks to make it 40-20 with just minutes left.
Freshman back De'Anthony Thomas would also score a late touchdown with under a minute left to make the game 27-40.
Darron Thomas finished the game throwing a career high 54 passes and completing 31 for 240 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Oregon's running game would be limited as the Tigers held the Ducks to a net of 95 total yards rushing and 54 from LaMichael James who carried the ball 18 times for a score.
James was also the Ducks' top receiver with six catches for 61 yards while Lavasier Tuinei added seven catches for 47 yards.
During the game James would pass Derell Loville as Oregon's all-time career rushing leader with 3,331 yards.
Rob Beard had field goals of 29 and 30 yards that put Oregon up 6-3 in the first quarter.
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