Michigan State Spartans fall victim to Oregon Ducks 46-27


Sep 6, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks player Devin Allen (5) runs the ball for a touchdown in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans vs. Oregon Ducks was billed as a landscape shaping game for the first college football playoff. If that’s true, the Big Ten isn’t looking so good.

Sparked by Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Marcus Mariota, Oregon handily defeated Michigan State.  Momentum shifted multiple times, but State just couldn’t keep up with the high-powered Ducks offense.

How it happened

The first mistake of the night came when Connor Cook was picked off by Erick Dargin after being tricked by zone coverage.

Oregon quickly capitalized as Thomas Tyner punched in a 1 yard 4th down touchdown.

The biggest play of the first half came when Devon Allen broke free for a 70 yard touchdown.  That gave the Ducks an 18-7 lead.

On the following kick-off, RJ Shelton responded with a 59 yard kick return.  That led to a quick MSU field goal response and lit a fire under the Spartans.

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  • The Spartan D came to life and Connor Cook threw a pair of touchdowns to end the first half.  This gave State the 24-18 lead.

    After a Michael Gieger field goal capped a 20-0 Spartan run, the Ducks came storming back.

    Oregon’s defense tightened up significantly, allowing only 42 yards in the third quarter.

    Marcus Mariota stepped up and launched two deep touchdowns to Devon Allen and Keanon Lowe.  That put the Ducks up 39-27 in the fourth.

    Oregon’s All American corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu made an incredible diving interception.  That stuffed a productive MSU drive and wrapped up the victory mid-way through the 4th quarter.

    Key to the game:

    Marcus Mariota clearly out dueled Connor Cook.  He played a mistake free game and took advantage of every busted coverage.

    Up next:

    Michigan State gets a bye off to recover before taking on Eastern Michigan September 20th in East Lansing.