Tigers up by 3 at half

Arlington, Texas -- The first half of the Oregon-LSU game was marked with mistakes and turnovers but as the second quarter neared the end both the Oregon and LSU offenses found a way to move the ball. Typical of a season opener, but teams struggled to avoid mistakes but when the first half ended LSU led 16-13.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas (5) throws in the pocket against the LSU Tigers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The scoring started when LSU's Drew Aleman kicked a 54-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Oregon would answer with a field goal of its own by Rob Beard from 39-yards out to tie the game but before the first quarter ended, Beard booted a 40-yard FG attempt to put the Ducks up 6-3.

Oregon appeared to control of the game when the Ducks stopped LSU to force a punt but Kenjon Barner fumbled the punt return on Oregon's three. The ball was recovered by Tyrann Mathieu, who ran the ball in for a touchdown. The point after attempt was no good and the Tigers took the lead 9-6.

Darron Thomas led a 75-yard drive that took seven minutes and 41 seconds off the clock, resulting in a 3-yard touchdown run by LaMichael James. The PAT was good by Beard and the Ducks retook the lead 13-9. LSU ran a hurry-up drive of its own that covered 75-yards ending when Jarrett Lee hit Rueben Randle in the endzone for a 10-yard touchdown reception. Aleman's PAT was good giving the Tigers the 16-13 lead.

Thomas was the leading passer on 17-of-28 for 121 yards and one interception. James was the Ducks leading rusher with 39 yards on 14 carries. Spencer Ware lead both teams in running the ball with 10 carries for 44 yards. Lee was 7-for-15 and 54 yards.

Freshman DeAnthony Thomas is the game leading receiver with five catches for 29 yards.


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