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Monday, January 10, 2011
Not a good start to third for Oregon

By Ted Miller

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Oregon needed a stop on defense and some points from its offense to swing the momentum early in the third. It didn't get either.

Auburn kicked a short field goal for a 19-11 lead on its first possession. It's bad news that feels like a minor victory, because the Auburn offense seems to be asserting itself.

The Ducks got a break on their first possession of the third when Tigers defensive tackle Nick Fairley was flagged for a personal foul, but they failed to take advantage. The  drive stalled after the Ducks pushed into Auburn territory.

The momentum is on Auburn's side. The Tigers are playing fast and loose and Oregon still seems unsure.

The defense will need to make a play. If the Tigers push their lead into double digits, things could get dicey for the Ducks.