First quarter belongs to Buckeyes

January, 1, 2010
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PASADENA, Calif. -- So far, Oregon is maintaining the theme of the Pac-10's bowl season.

Ugly.

The Ducks defense kept the Buckeyes out of the end zone after yielding a first-and-goal situation, but at this point it's all going Ohio State's way, with the Buckeyes up 10-0 after one quarter.

With 34 seconds left in the first quarter, Ohio State has outgained Oregon 139 yards to 14.

And it's not good that the Ducks have allowed Buckeyes mercurial QB Terrelle Pryor to start fast and gain confidence, both passing and running.

Yet, as I type this, Oregon gets a 37-yard run from Kenjon Barner and Jeremiah Masoli bull rushes 13 yards. Ducks have second and goal as second quarter starts.

Oregon works fast.

If this is going to be a shootout, and it has the early makings of one, Oregon needs 7, not 3, here.

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