Oregon runs past K-State 35-17 at Fiesta Bowl

Oregon runs past K-State 35-17 at Fiesta Bowl

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GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03: Michael Clay #46 and Bryan Bennett #2 dump the gatorade cooler on head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks after their 35 to 17 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 8:38 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — DeAnthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for the first of his two touchdowns, Marcus Mariota accounted for three scores, and No. 5 Oregon raced past No. 7 Kansas State 35-17 at the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night.

Oregon (12-1) jumped out to a 15-0 lead behind Thomas' opening return and 23-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.

Kansas State (11-2) tried to bull its way behind Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, only to get overwhelmed by the speedy Ducks, who got some help with an obscure 1-point safety on a blocked extra-point kick.

Mariota added a 24-yard touchdown pass to Kenjon Barner in the second quarter and ran for a 2-yard score in the third to give Oregon its second straight BCS bowl win after beating Wisconsin in last year's Rose Bowl.

Klein threw two interceptions and had 30 yards rushing on 13 carries.



 

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