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Sloppy First Half Sees Auburn Take Lead 16-11

Five weeks off has taken it's toll on the offenses for Auburn and Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game - or we are seeing a couple of really good defenses.  I'll say it is the rust of having over a month off, but at the half we have an entertaining game with Auburn taking the lead late in the 1st Half 16-11.  The team's have combined for 3 turnovers and Auburn picked up a safety to counter a 2-point conversion for Oregon.

The teams were scoreless in the first quarter as the Ducks and Tigers seemed to feel each other out a bit.  Oregon got on the board first with a 26 yard field goal to lead 3-0.  Auburn answered with a 35-yard Cam Newton pass to Kodi Burns, giving the Tigers a 7-3 lead.

Oregain came right back, scoring a touchdown on an 8-yard pass completion from Darron Thomas to LaMichael James - Oregon converted the 2-point conversion for an 11-7 lead.  The big play on the drive was a reverse on a kick-off return as the two teams started to open it up a bit.  After being held scoreless for the first 15 minutes, the two teams combined for 18 points in just over 4 minutes.

The game turned a bit with Oregon deep in it's own territory.  Auburn picked up a safety, making the score 11-9, then scored a touchdown late in the half when Cam Newton hit Emory Blake for a 30 yard touchdown giving the Tigers a 16-11 lead at the half.

Expect more scoring in the 2nd half as the offenses continue to get their feet under them and the defense wear down a bit.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.