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article imageNCAAF: Oregon’s turnovers led to their demise at the hands of LSU

By Austin Tyler     Sep 4, 2011 in Sports
Arlington - The biggest debate across America is, is the SEC really that more dominant than other conferences. If you look at Oregon’s record over the past two years when they face SEC schools you may say so as they are now 0-2.
The Oregon Ducks and LSU Tigers meet on a neutral field in Arlington Texas at “Jerry’s World” Cowboy Stadium. Last year’s lost to the Auburn Tigers by the Ducks in the National Championship was not as bad, but this lost last night at the hands of the LSU Tigers was basically a gift from the Ducks as they had turnover after turnover. It is hard for any team to overcome four turnovers, but when it is a #3 ranked team in Oregon verse a #4 team in LSU then it is just that much harder.
Oregon opened the game with the ball and had trouble moving it from the jump as they actually lost 7-yards before being forced to punt the ball away. The Tigers got the ball after the Duck’s punt, but could not do much either as they only managed to move the ball 12-yards but was able to get a field-goal on the trip. Drew Alleman came on to make a 44-yard field-goal for the Tigers and give them a 3-0 lead.
The Ducks struggled on their next drive as they went three and out and was forced to punt the ball away again. The Ducks defense stepped up early as they forced the Tigers to punt after they went three and out also.
Darron Thomas (31/54, 240 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) got the Ducks’ offense moving, but it only went 39-yards before settling for a field-goal to tie the game up. Rob Beard came on to kick a 29-yard field-goal that tied the game up at 3-points apiece.
The Tigers made just one mistake and that came on this drive when they fumbled on a running play only to have Oregon’s Boseko Lokombo recover the ball. Even with good field position the Ducks offense could not move as they only went 7-yards in 3 plays before Beard came out to kick another field-goal to make it a 6-3 lead.
LSU took over after the kickoff, but the Oregon defense held strong as they forced the Tigers to punt the ball away, this is when the turnovers began for the Ducks. Brad Wing punted the ball 55-yards to Kenjon Barner, but he fumbled it and the Tigers recovered. Tyrann Mathieu recovered the ball for LSU at the 3-yardline and ran it in for the game’s first touchdown. LSU missed the field-goal so they were stuck with a three-point lead 9-6.
The next drive for the Ducks was short as Thomas threw an interception on the second play of the drive. Thomas had a pass picked off by Tharold Simon who actually lost 2-yards on the return. The Tigers took over, but went three and out and was forced to punt the ball again. This time Barner called for a fair cath.
The Ducks next drive was very impressive as they used Thomas’s arm and LaMicheal James (18 carries, 54 yards, 1 TD) legs to move the ball 79-yards. The Ducks used 19 plays on this drive that was capped off by a James 3-yard run for a touchdown. The Ducks took back the lead with the score to go up 13-9.
LSU did not waste any time as they answered the Ducks drive with a drive of their own. The Tigers moved the ball 69-yards on 12 plays that mostly had to do with Spencer Ware (26 carries, 99 yards, 2 TD) totting the ball. The Tigers ended the drive with Jarrett Lee (10/22, 98 yards, 1 TD)hitting Rueben Randle for a 10-yard touchdown pass. That was the only catch of the night for Ruben as he gave the Tigers a 16-13 lead with .44 seconds left in the half.
Oregon just ran the ball out to go into halftime with down 16-13.
Both teams came out cold to begin the second half as both teams were forced to punt the ball away on their opening drives. LSU had punted the ball away on their next possession as well as they went three and out. On the Ducks next possession they fumbled the ball as De’Anthony Thomas (4 carries, 22 yards, 1 TD) tried to run for it, but lost it. Sam Montgomery forced the fumble for the Tigers and Eric Reid recovered it on the Ducks 24-yards line.
With a shorten field the Tigers went 21-yards to score another touchdown and take a 23-13 lead. Ware did all the damage for the LSU with his legs on this drive, but Michael Ford (14 carries, 96 yards, 2 TD) finished the drive with a 5-yard run touchdown run.
The game took a turn for the worst after that when Alleman kicked the ball off to Thomas and he fumbled again. The freshman Thomas fumbled the ball on back-to-back occasions giving LSU great field position after both turnovers.
LSU moved the ball 41-yards this time as Lee hit Deangelo Peterson (4 receptions, 62 yards) for a 29-yard catch that got them in scoring range. Ware scored another touchdown for the Tigers as they took a 30-13 lead and it began to look like a blowout.
The Tigers defense smelled blood in the water and kept the pressure on the Ducks as they went three and out being forced to punt. Three straight passes from Thomas where all incomplete and the Ducks did not move the ball a yard on this drive.
Oregon’s defense tried to stay tough as they only gave up a field-goal on the Tigers next drive. Ford and Ware carried the ball the whole drive until Lee attempted a pass that was incomplete. Alleman came on to kick a 32-yard field-goal that made it a 33-13 Tiger lead.
The Ducks did not fold as they came on their next possession and moved the ball 68-yards in 13 plays. Thomas and Josh Huff (5 receptions, 28 yards, 1 TD) connected all the way down the field. The two big plays of the drive came on a Darron Thomas run as he went for 37-yards and a Thomas to Thomas pass where De’Anthony went for 18-yards. Thomas capped off the drive with a 8-yard pass to Huff for a touchdown. The score was not 33-20, but the Ducks still had a long hall to walk.
LSU was forced to punt on their next possession and Oregon then took over. The Ducks struggled on their next drive as they even tried to go for it on fourth down, but Thomas could not complete the pass.
The Tigers took over on downs and once again Ford and Ware did the damage as they ran the ball over the Ducks defense to score another touchdown. Ford scored on a 16-yard run that basically sealed the game in the Tigers favor with 5:48 left in the game. The Tigers were now up by 20-points with a 40-20 lead.
The Ducks tried to strike quick, but it took them 2:39 to move the ball down the field as they went 70-yards in 10 plays. Thomas threw the ball the whole drive except for a 13-yard run by James, and the touchdown run from De’Anthony Thomas who scored the game’s final touchdown. De’Anthony’s 4-yard touchdown run made it a 40-27 game.
Oregon then tried an onside kick that was unsuccessful, and ended the game as the Tigers took a knee to end the game.
In the end, maybe Ducks are no match for Tigers as this is the second time they lost to a Tiger team.
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