Speed really does kill when it comes to athletics.
The 2013 Fiesta Bowl went as advertised with Oregon’s blazing speed ruling out over K-State’s efficient, but comparably run-the-clock offense in a 35-17 victory for the Ducks Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Kansas State ruled the first half with the exception of the first 12 seconds when De’Anthony Thomas took the opening kick back 94 yards for a score, and the last 46 seconds when the Ducks covered 77 yards on five snaps and scored on a 24-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to Kenjon Barner.
To K-State coach Bill Snyder, it was a case of “… making some mistakes early in the game that were very costly.”
That’s the kickoff return, which he said was “… a major play in the ballgame,” and the last drive of the first half that was kick-started by a missed Anthony Cantele field goal. “I would concur that it had a significant impact on the outcome of the ballgame.”
In between Oregon’s first and last first-half drives, the tortoise out-finessed the hare, so to speak, leaving the Ducks to playing webbed-footed as the Wildcats maneuvered the ball 58 yards on 10 plays, and 59 yards on 13 plays putting Oregon’s high-falutin’ offense in snooze mode on the sideline.
Oregon played alert in the third quarter scoring 10 unanswered points and eventually winning the game 35-17.
Overall Snyder summarized, “We were beaten by a better team. We just made too many mistakes.”
Linebacker Arthur Brown added, “Give them credit where credit is due.”
And Klein added, “We just didn’t get it done.”