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Monday, January 10, 2011
Oregon answers, takes lead (for now)

By Ted Miller

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A good way to answer an opposing TD is with the longest pass in BCS title game history.

Quarterback Darron Thomas connected with Jeff Maehl for an 81-yard pass to the Auburn 12-yard line. Three plays later, Oregon got the TD, and then a 2-pointer on an option play for kicker Rob Beard.

Oregon takes an 11-7 lead.

And now we're seeing the offenses we thought we'd see. Both are moving the ball with up-tempo attacks.

The feeling-out period shouldn't be a surprise. It's both teams' MO and then there was the 37-day layoff.

But now we're seeing fireworks.