GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After a scoreless first quarter, both offenses got on track, and Auburn leads Oregon 16-11 at the break.
Turning point: With Oregon leading 11-7, the Ducks stopped Auburn on fourth down on the Ducks' 1-yard line. But then the Tigers forced a safety on a LaMichael James run. Auburn then took the free kick and drove 66 yards in six plays for the go-ahead touchdown.
Stat of the half: Auburn had 21 yards in the first quarter. It had 258 in the second.
Best call: Just after Auburn took a 7-3 lead, the Ducks were pinned back on their 7-yard line. But on first down, Darron Thomas found Jeff Maehl, who beat double coverage over the middle, for an 81-yard play to the Tigers' 12-yard line. Three plays later, the Ducks got the TD as well as a 2-point conversion on an option play to kicker Rob Beard.
What Oregon needs to do: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton got in sync after a slow start. The Ducks' defense needs to regroup and find a way to slow him down, starting with the first possession of the second half. The Ducks also need to get the running game going. It got outrushed 94 to 37 at the break.