Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/4/13
Fiesta! The anticipation before the Fiesta Bowl wasn’t what we saw with the Rose Bowls and the BCS National Championship, but by the time we remembered what it felt like to watch an Oregon Ducks football game, the excitement had returned in full force. If the Ducks taught us anything on Jan. 3, it’s that there’s an apparent substantial difference between the No. 4 and the No. 5 teams in the country. After a 35-17 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats, fans will believe they deserved a shot at a national title. There’s still unfinished business at the University of Oregon, but nobody can take away from the fact that the team from Eugene is the champion of the Fiesta Bowl. Offensive Game Ball Marcus Mariota was as poised as ever during the Fiesta Bowl. (Photo: Oregon Ducks) On a day where it took Oregon’s offense a while to get rolling, no one player truly stepped up and made this game his own from start to finish. Kenjon Barner had a handful of big drives that helped boost his stats...
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