First Half Update from the Stadium

The Ducks took a quick lead in the first quarter, going up 10-0. The Sooners fought their way back with two field goals, putting the score at 10-6. With two seconds left in the half, Oregon scored on a very unlikely field goal to put them in the lead by a touchdown, 13-6.

(PHOTO) Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond III (6) sacks Oklahoma quarterback Paul Thompson (12) for a loss in the second quarter of the Oregon/Oklahoma game. (Photo by Chris Thompson)

The Ducks started off with a 24-yard kick return by Jonathan Stewart. On the first play from the huddle, Dennis Dixon's first pass was almost intercepted. Three plays later, the Ducks would find themselves in the endzone for a touchdown. On the ensuing play, Dixon hit Jaison Williams to the left, and with two jukes, Williams was off to the races for a 69-yard reception and run. Stewart then ran six yards on first down and followed that with a three-yard touchdown.

The next drive saw the Sooners throw for an 11-yard first down by quarterback Paul Thompson. Running back Adrian Peterson was stuffed twice, and a deep ball over the receiver by Thompson forced the Sooners to punt.

The Ducks scored a 22-yard field goal by Paul Martinez to up the score to 10-0. The drive included a 35-yard completion from Dixon to Brian Paysinger. The Sooners countered with a nine-play, 44-yard drive for a 41-yard field goal by kicker Garret Hartley.

At the end of the first quarter, Dixon had 130 yards passing, going 8-for-11. Stewart picked up 42 yards and a TD on seven rushes, and Jaison Williams had 82 yards receiving on 2 catches.

In the second quarter, second-string quarterback Brady Leaf replaced Dixon, but not for injury. The offense only gained two yards on the drive and had to punt. The Sooners gained the ball back and had to punt after a drive where a 58-yard touchdown throw from Paul Thompson was taken back due to holding. The Duck's Jeremiah Johnson fumbled the return and the Sooners recovered on the 20-yard line.

The Duck defense then mounted a very impressive defensive stand. The Sooners made their way to a first down on the two-yard line. Three penalties later, the Sooners found themselves 20 yards further back, still on second down. The Sooners ended up kicking a field goal from 20 yards, bringing the score to 10-6 Oregon, and the Duck collective breathed a sigh of relief.

With 2:01 left, the Ducks got the ball back and drove 60 yards in ten plays. With two seconds left, kicker Paul Martinez lofted up a field goal that bounced off the crossbar and in for a score. The Ducks ran into the tunnel leading 13-6 over the Sooners.

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