MSU Takes a 24-18 Lead into the Half

EUGENE – The third ranked Oregon Ducks let an 11 point lead slip away in the final moments of the second quarter and headed into the locker room trailing the Michigan State Spartans 24-18. MSU seemed to spring to life after Marcus Mariota and Devon Allen hooked up for a 70-yard scoring play. MSU reeled off 17 straight points to take the lead while the Spartan defense stopped Oregon's offense cold.

Oregon got onto the scoreboard first on a 1-yard plunge into the endzone by Thomas Tyner. The Ducks followed the score up with a 2-point conversion when holder Taylor Alie hit DeForest Bucker for the PAT.

Later in the first quarter, the Ducks were able to drive deep into Spartan territory but the drive stalled and Matt Wogan was called upon the kick a 28-yard field goal making the score 11-0. Michigan State responded when Tony Lanford went 16-yards for a Spartan TD. With score 11-7 following the PAT, Oregon scored on a 2-play drive that went 75 yards, with 70 of those yards on a pass and catch from Marcus Mariota to Devon Allen covering 70 yards to make the score 18-7 following the PAT.

MSU then scored three straight times, Michael Geiger’s 34-yard FG, a 7-yard TD pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett then with just 18 seconds left in the half, Cook hit Josiah Price for a 7-yard strike.

For the half, has 304 yards of total offense to Oregon’s 203. Mariota has 190 yards passing on 10-of-16 throwing with one TD. Cook is 17-for-25 with two TDs and one interception.

Jeremy Langford is the leading ground gainer with 72 yards.

Oregon will receive the opening kickoff of the third quarter when play resumes.

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