(Eugene, OR) – Marcus Mariots threw 3 touchdown passes to cap a 21 for 24 for 241 yard day. The Ducks defense held up their end forcing two interceptions of Drew Hare. The first pick set up Oregon’s second touchdown in the first quarter, securing a 17-0 lead that the Ducks would not relinquish. On a rainy day where Oregon’s usual fireworks were grounded to a mere 361 yards (120 on the ground), the Heisman winner and the Ducks stout defense carried the day.
(Starkville, MS) – Jake Waters threw for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns, adding another on the ground as Kansas State became the first lower seed to win in this tournament, in a 48-13 romp over Mississippi State. Tyler Lockett caught touchdowns of 32 and 5 yards as the Wildcats raced out to a 24-3 halftime lead and they were never threatened after that. Dak Prescott’s dual threat was stymied as he was sacked 7 times and the Bulldogs were held to a paltry 2.3 yards per carry. Kansas State will play Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl for West Supremacy.