In Oregon’s fourth consecutive BCS appearance, the Ducks looked like the better team all night, jumping out to an 8-0 lead seconds into the game on a DeAnthony Thomas kickoff return touchdown and never looking back.
The Ducks took a 15-0 lead on a 23-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota to Thomas before K-State finally got on the board on a seven yard run from quarterback Collin Klein early in the second quarter.
The Wildcats pulled within five on an Anthony Cantele field goal, but momentum shifted away from K-State when tackle Cornelius Lucas was penalized for a false start as Klein tried to draw the Ducks offsides, pushing Anthony Cantele’s field goal attempt to 40 yards. Cantele missed the kick, and the Ducks marched down the field to score in less than a minute.
K-State received the kick to open the second half, but in his final game as a Wildcat, Klein failed to get much going on the offensive side of the ball. The Ducks began to pull away in the third quarter, scoring a touchdown and a field goal on sustained drives as the Cats repeatedly failed to pick up first downs.
The K-State offense began to show some signs of life early in the fourth quarter, driving 72 yards in 5 minutes to pull within two touchdowns, but the Ducks responded with a clock-eating field goal drive of their own.
Klein was then intercepted with just over two minutes to go, sealing the Wildcats fate with a 35-17 loss.