Wildcats fall behind on kick return touchdown, unable to capitalize on second quarter momentum.
The Kansas State Wildcats trail the Oregon Ducks 22-10 at halftime of the 2013 Fiesta Bowl in a game that has seen a kickoff return for a touchdown, a fake punt, a 45-second touchdown drive, and plenty of action on both sides of the ball.
Oregon kick returner De'Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, and a two-point conversion gave the Ducks a quick 8-0 lead. Later in the first quarter, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota hit Thomas with a 23-yard touchdown pass, capping a seven-play, 54-yard scoring drive and extending the Oregon lead to 15-0.
Kansas State finally answered back in the second quarter, when Collin Klein's 6-yard touchdown run cut the deficit to eight points. The Wildcats seized the momentum, driving for a field goal and stopping an Oregon fake punt at midfield. However, Anthony Cantelli's field goal attempt sailed wide left with a minute to play. Oregon struck back quickly, with Mariota connecting with Kenjon Barner for a 24-yard touchdown to complete a 45-second scoring drive and give the Ducks a 22-10 halftime lead.
Klein has been effective, completing 11 of 18 pass attempts for 104 yards, and running 10 times for 10 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Chris Harper caught six passes for 55 yards.
Mariota has completed 6 of 12 passes for 106 yards. The freshman quarterback does have two scores, and was 3 for 4 in the half's final possession. Barner has run seven times for 23 yards.