Halftime: LSU 16, Oregon 13

September, 3, 2011
9/03/11
9:55
PM ET
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Neither team's offense could do anything. Then both put together impressive drives on their final possession of the half.

LSU leads Oregon 16-13. Obviously, lots of game left.

Turning point: The turning point was both teams offenses waking up with TD drives, but the point difference in the game is due to Kenjon Barner -- passing up on a fair catch on a punt return -- getting stripped by Tyrann Mathieu, who walked into the endzone.

Stat of the half: Two of them. LSU had just 100 yards in the first half, but Oregon had 7 penalties for 66 yards -- including two "leg whips" -- while LSU had three for 14.

What Oregon needs to do: The Ducks seemed to find their offensive rhythm on their go-ahead drive. They passed to set up the run, which only works when you execute in the passing game. But LSU then also seemed to find its mojo. The running game will matter for both teams in the second half, but here's a guess that if LSU running back Spencer Ware is held up 100 yards rushing, the Ducks will win. He had 43 at halftime.

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