The quarterback juggling act by the Oregon Ducks came toppling down in humbling fashion on Saturday, as the 25th-ranked Ducks lost 34-17 to the No.10 Iowa State Cyclones in State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
With Arizona native Tyler Shough starting the game at quarterback and leading an opening drive touchdown, Oregon turned to senior grad transfer Anthony Brown for most of the remainder of the contest. Brown led an impressive touchdown drive of his own in the first half, but failed to lead a scoring drive in the second half when the Ducks needed it the most.
Iowa State dominated time of possession, holding the football for a whopping 43 minutes opposed to Oregon having the ball for just seventeen.
The Ducks failed to convert a third down the entire game, finishing 0-for-6 in that category. It is the first time Oregon has not converted a single third down in a game since 2001. It’s also the first time in Fiesta Bowl history a team failed to convert a third down the entire game. The Cyclones went 11-for-19 on third down.
Oregon finishes the season 4-3 overall, with a victory in the Pac-12 Championship Game over USC. Iowa State finishes 9-4, victorious in the program’s first-ever New Year’s Six bowl game.
More to come.