Oregon's Offense a No-Show at Rose Bowl

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Oregon's potent offense met its match in Ohio State.

The Ducks' spread-option bogged down in the Rose Bowl, and No. 7
Oregon lost 26-17 on Friday in its first appearance in Pasadena on New Year's Day since 1995.

Known for their scrambling, gambling and fast pace, the Ducks had the ball less than 19 minutes - and that wasn't a good thing.

After taking a 17-16 lead on the first possession of the second half on Jeremiah Masoli's 1-yard plunge, the Ducks were shut out the rest of the way. They had only two possessions in the fourth quarter, ending in a punt and missed field goal.

Tailback LeGarrette Blount, suspended after his postgame punch at Boise State's Byron Hout in a season-opening loss, scored a game-tying touchdown in the second quarter.

But with the Ducks trailing 19-17 in the third quarter, Blount committed a costly fumble and No. 8 Ohio State recovered in the end zone. The Ducks never were that close to scoring again and they fell to 0-8 against the Buckeyes.

Freshman tailback LaMichael James, who emerged as a star replacement for Blount, was the Ducks' leading rusher with 15 carries for 79 yards. Blount saw most of his action in the second half, with five carries for 36 yards.

The Ducks outran the Buckeyes 179-153, but Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor dominated Masoli in passing, 266 yards to just 81. Masoli had directed an offense that racked up more than 37 points and 424 yards per game this season while ending Southern California's seven-year reign as Pac-10 champions.


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