Oregon leads Florida St 18-13 at half in Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Another 1-yard touchdown run and a field goal helped the second-seeded Oregon Ducks extend their lead over No. 3 Florida State to 18-13 at halftime Thursday in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl.
Thomas Tyner scored on the short run at 2:18 of the second quarter, capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive directed by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The Ducks opened the quarter with a 28-yard field goal by Aidan Schneider at 10:12 after declining a personal foul penalty on Cameron Hunt, increasing their lead to 11-3.
Both teams moved the ball in the first half, with Oregon piling up 286 total yards to 273 for Florida State. But there were no razzle-dazzle plays from either Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston in just the third matchup between Heisman Trophy winners.
Florida State had the ball for nearly five minutes more than the Ducks, but they never led in the half.
Roberto Aguayo kicked a 26-yard field goal at 5:18 before the Seminoles cut their deficit to 18-13 on a 10-yard TD run by Karlos Williams with 36 seconds left.
Aguayo's 54-yard attempt hit the left upright as time expired.
In the opening quarter, Royce Freeman scored a 1-yard touchdown and Taylor Alie threw for a 2-point conversion, giving the Ducks an 8-3 lead.
Oregon was forced to punt on its opening possession. But after the Seminoles struck first on a 28-yard field goal by Aguayo, Oregon bounced right back.
With Mariota leading the drive, Freeman ran in for the score one play after a wall of Seminoles had stopped him at the goal line. The Ducks' quick-trigger offense went for the two-point conversion, with Alie hitting Christian French in the end zone at 6:55.
That score ended a sequence in which officials reviewed Charles Nelson's somersault into the Oregon end zone before resetting the clock.
Oregon later had a chance to increase its lead, but Mariota overthrew a wide-open Dwyane Stanford near the middle of the end zone on the Ducks' last drive of the quarter.