Friday, January 2, 2015
ICYMI: Oregon Blows out Florida State in Rose Bowl
It was a close game at the half.
The Oregon Ducks went into the locker room at halftime with an 18-13 lead over the undefeated Florida State Seminoles with a berth in the National Championship game on the line.
And no, even the Ducks couldn't have imagined what would happen next.
The once-invincible Florida State team, winners of their past 29 games started making mistakes.
Four straight Seminoles turnovers led to Oregon points.
The Ducks scored 27 points in the third quarter. And the game was over.
A 41 point 2nd half gave Oregon the statement win they were looking for, their first over a Top 2 team ever. The Ducks beat the Seminoles 59-20. And it could have been worse.
QB Marcus Mariota threw for 338 yards and 2 TD's and ran for 62 yards and another score, leading his team to the win.
As for FSU star Jameis Winston, he had a tough day. He threw for a lot of yards, but had an interception and perhaps one of the ugliest fumbles you'll ever see.
Oregon moves on to the National Title game versus Ohio State in Dallas.
--Many of the FSU players left the field before shaking hands with the Oregon players and coaches. A big breach of sportsmanship that should be addressed. (Winston and several others stayed for a long time to congratulate the Ducks)
---Several Oregon players may--and should be in trouble for what they did after the game. A video showing them on the podium mocking the FSU Tomahawk chop and chanting "No means no" has been making the rounds. Once made aware of it, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said they players involved will be disciplined.
Here's the video from Fox Sports West producer Bear Heiser: