Oregon vs. Florida State: Score, Stats & Highlights – Heavy.com
Florida State 3-10-7-0 — 20
Oregon 8-10-21-0 — 39
The 13-0 ACC Champion Florida State Seminoles play the 12-1 Pac-12 Champion Oregon Ducks in College Football’s Inaugural Playoff Game held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the winner of this game will take on the winner of No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Ohio State for the National Championship Monday January 12 in Arlington, Texas.
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Super Mariota and the Ducks Offense Answered Winston’s Answer Even Quicker… and Then Again
It took 1:24 for the Oregon offense to answer — again. Five plays, 81 yards and Mariota countered Winston’s touchdown pass with a 56-yard strike to Darren Carrington, who broke free of the Florida State defense to give Oregon a 32-20 lead, their 3rd 12-point lead of the game.
On the next possession, Cook fumbled near midfield — his 2nd fumble of the game — giving Oregon the ball at the Florida State 43-yard line.
It took Oregon two plays to score, and for the 2nd consecutive possession, Mariota hooked up with Carrington for a TD pass — this time from 30 yards out. Carrington has 165 receiving yards in the game.
Oregon, up by 19, had their largest lead of the game at 39-20 with 4:21 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
The Defending Champions Answered With Game’s 1st TD Pass
It took about 37 minutes, but a touchdown pass was finally thrown. Florida State answered Oregon’s touchdown drive with a 10-play, 75-yard drive of their own. Winston connected with Travis Rudolph for an 18-yard TD pass to bring the Seminoles with five again at 25-20 with 8:07 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
Oregon Offense Capitalized on FSU’s Early 3rd Quarter Fumble
After Florida State freshman running back Dalvin Cook went over 100 rushing yards for the game, he lost a fumble, which the Ducks defense immediately recovered. Oregon made Florida state pay quickly moving 69 yards on just five plays capped off with Royce Freeman’s 2nd rushing TD of the game and gave Oregon a 25-13 lead.
Seminoles Offense Woke Up in Time to Give them Momentum Heading into Halftime
Oregon effectively moved the football quickly throughout the 1st half and after the Seminoles went down by 12, Winston and the offense awoke — to the tune of a 6-play drive that covered 71 yards in just a 1:35 right before the half concluded. Running back Karlos Williams punched it in from 10 yards out to cut the Ducks lead to 18-13.
After Mariota threw just his 3rd interception of the season near midfield, Florida State had an opportunity to score before the half concluded, but the Seminoles missed a 54-yard field goal attempt off the goal post.
Florida State won the coin toss and deferred, so they received the football to start the 2nd half.
Oregon Used Play-making Ability to Extend Their 1st-half Lead
Mariota extended plays with his legs all throughout the 1st-half. after a 10-play, 75-yard drive, running back Thomas tyner scored on Oregon’s 2nd 1-yard TD run of the game gave the ducks an 18-6 lead with 2:18 remaining in the half.
Oregon’s Goal-line Stand Prevents FSU From Taking the Lead
wow. big call. Winston stopped short of the goal line. Florida State now 0-5 this season on 4th down. Oregon takes over at its own 1.
— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) January 1, 2015
The Oregon defense came up stout by holding Florida State out of the endzone on a 1st-and-goal situation. On 4th down, Winston tried to scramble into the endzone, and a play that was initially ruled a touchdown was reversed when replay showed Winston’s knee was down and the ball was at the Oregon half-yard line.
Oregon’s Quick and Crafty Offense Quickly Answered FSU’s Field Goal
After the Ducks opened up the game with a three-and-out, Winston and the Seminoles marched down the field to open the scoring to make it 3-0. Oregon responded in just over two minutes, marching 73 yards on nine plays with the final play being a Royce Freeman 1-yard touchdown run. Mariota was 5-for-5 on the drive.
The play above was reviewed, but Oregon didn’t score because the football came just short of crossing the goal line — the Ducks scored two plays later.
2013 Heisman Trophy Winner vs. 2014 Heisman Trophy Winner Takes Center Stage
Florida State hasn’t lost a game since the 2012-13 season, and Oregon enters with eight consecutive wins and redemption against the team that defeated them on October 2 (Arizona).
The Seminoles boast the 2013 Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston — oh, and they’re the defending national champions. The Ducks boast the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, and are currently the slight favorites in the game due to Florida State’s unimpressive romp through the regular season.
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