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Second Half Thread: A Pair of Mistakes Bite Oregon, Cyclones 28 - Ducks 17

Sco Ducks!

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The No. 25 Oregon Ducks (4-2) trail the No. 10 Iowa State Cyclones (8-3) 28 to 17 at halftime in the Fiesta Bowl

Glendale, Arizona - After playing in their first Conference Championship game, quarterback Brock Purdy and the Iowa State Cyclones entered the contest looking to win in their first-ever New Year’s Six game. Oregon, on the other hand, looked to add to their 2-0 Fiesta Bowl record, which consisted of the 2002 victory over Colorado and the 2013 victory over Kansas State.

The Cyclones struck first with a Breece Hall one-yard touchdown run to cap off a 15-play, 75-yard drive that ate through the first half of the opening quarter. However, Tyler Shough led the Ducks methodically down to the ISU red zone, where grad-transfer quarterback entered the game and scored a six-yard rushing touchdown on his first play of the game.

Iowa State again marched down the field with ease, and this time quarterback Brock Purdy capped off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Charlie Kolar.

A Travis Dye fumble gave the ball to the Cyclones deep in Oregon territory, fortunately for the Ducks the defense was able to stand strong at the goal line to keep it a one-score game. Brown Jr. remained Oregon’s quarterback, and mounted a 9-play, 98-yard scoring drive that once again ended with him in the end zone.

However, the Cyclones responded with back-to-back touchdowns: the first a 1-yard run from Purdy to finish off another long drive, then a 1-yard run from Hall after a failed Oregon kick return resulted in excellent field position for Iowa State.

Henry Katleman, Oregon’s new kicker that is fast becoming a fan favorite, nailed a 47-yard field goal to cut the lead to 11 before the end of the half.


UO - 7/10 - 17

ISU - 7/21 - 28

Tyler Shough: 3/3 - 41 YDS - 2 CAR - 3 YDS

Anthony Brown Jr: 9/13 - 122 YDS - 3 CAR - 30 YDS - 2 RTDs

Brock Purdy: 13/16 - 131 YDS - 1 TD - 6 CAR - 32 YDS - 1 TD

TD SCORERS: (UO) Anthony Brown Jr. {2} (ISU) Breece Hall {2}, Brock Purdy {2}, Charlie Kolar

DUCK YARDS: 224 yards - 163 passing - 61 rushing

CYCLONE YARDS: 248 yards - 131 passing - 117 rushing

TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks: 0 - Cyclone: 1 (Fumbles: 1)

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  • Iowa State received the opening kick - a Camden Lewis touchback
  • Quarterback Brock Purdy hit Landen Akers for a short pass that turned into a 16-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage.
  • On the next play, running back Breece Hall picked up nine yards on his first touch of the game.
  • A tackle-for-a-loss by Noah Sewell set up a 3rd-&-3, but Purdy found Sean Shaw Jr. for a first down.
  • On 2nd-&-8 at the Oregon 43, Purdy gained 10 yards on a run. Then, on 3rd-&-5, Purdy threw to Xavier Hutchinson for 10 yards to reach the Oregon 18.
  • Hall was handed the ball on five of ISU’s next six plays, and after an athletic tackle from Jamal Hill prevented a score, Hall pounded in the touchdown from a yard out.

Cyclones 7 - Ducks 0

(15 plays, 75 yards, 7:36)

  • Quarterback Tyler Shough lost a yard on a designed run on Oregon’s first play from scrimmage but the quarterback quickly rebounded by connecting with Mycah Pittman for 12 yards on second down.
  • Shough passed to running back Travis Dye for a gain of 18 yards on 2nd-&-6, then to Pittman again for 11 to reach the Iowa State 29.
  • Dye broke into the red zone with a 23-yard run on first down.
  • Quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. entered the game and scored a six-yard rushing touchdown.

Ducks 7 - Cyclones 7

(7 plays, 73 yards, 3:10)

  • A false start penalty put the Cyclones at 3rd-&-9 in their own territory, but Purdy completed a pass to Charlie Kolar for a 10-yard gain that sustained the drive.
  • Purdy again connected with Kolar to keep the chains moving, this time with a 14-yard pass on 2nd-&-11.
  • A 10-yard pass to Dylan Soehner ended the first quarter at the Oregon 35.
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  • Hall converted on 4th-&-1 with a seven-yard rush.
  • Purdy threw his first touchdown of the day, a 14-yard pass to Kolar.

Cyclones 14 - Ducks 7

(14 plays, 69 yards, 8:16)

  • A pass to Pittman resulted in a loss of ten yards on first down. Dye fumbled on the next play which was recovered by O’RienVance at the Oregon 15.
  • Hall converted on 4th-&-1 with a 2-yard run to reach the Oregon 6, but Oregon was able to win the next four plays, including a tackle-for-a-loss on 4th-&-goal.
  • Brown Jr. remained in the game and connected with Johnny Johnson III for a 12-yard gain on 2nd-&-10 after an incompletion.
  • Brown Jr. then found tight end Hunter Kampmoyer for a 19-yard gain, then Jaylon Redd for 11 a couple of plays later.
  • Dye crossed midfield with a 15-yard run to the ISU 41.
  • Brown Jr. made passes to Devon Williams and Pittman to pick up 25 yards, then he ran in his second score of the game - this time from 16 yards out.

Ducks 14 - Cyclones 14

(9 plays, 98 yards, 3:21)

  • Purdy gained 14 yards on a run to start ISU’s next drive, made worse for Oregon by unnecessary roughness and targeting penalties that resulted in Isaac Slade-Matautia being ejected.
  • Purdy took advantage of the momentum by throwing to Hutchinson for a 30-yard gain.
  • Hall carried the ball three consecutive times and netted a total of 15 yards to reach the Oregon 1-yard line.
  • Oregon took a timeout to preserve 1:48 in the second quarter.
  • Purdy ran in the score.

Cyclones 21 - Ducks 14

(6 plays, 75 yards, 1:33)

  • Iowa State recovered a kick that touched an Oregon player after a bounce.
  • Purdy threw to Chase Allen for an 8-yard gain to the Oregon red zone.
  • Hall, once again, reached Oregon 1-yard line. Coach Matt Campbell called a timeout.
  • Hall finished the job by pounding in the score.

Cyclones 28 - Ducks 14

(3 plays, 27 yards, :17)

  • Cyrus Habibi-Likio picked up 26 yards on first down off of a screen pass.
  • George Moore was called for a false start penalty.
  • Johnson III barely managed to come down with an impressive catch for a 17-yard gain on 1st-&-15. I
  • An 8-yard run from Brown and a short reception to Kampmoyer earned another first down for the Ducks.
  • Steven Jones was called for an offensive holding penalty, then Brown failed to connect with Devon Williams on a deep shot in the end zone, setting up a 47-yard field goal attempt from Henry Katleman that he nailed.

Cyclones 28 - Ducks 17

(8 plays, 48 yards, 1:14)

  • Iowa State killed the clock to end the first half.
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Cyclones 28 - Ducks 17