The Oregon Ducks dismantled No. 7 Kansas State 35-17 at the Fiesta Bowl. The Oregon Ducks led 8-0 within the first 12 seconds of the game. Was this coach Chip Kelly's last game with the Ducks?
The track meet had started and the fifth-ranked Ducks barely looked back after that.
"I felt like my role in this game was to be a momentum-builder and a game-changer," Thomas said. "Once I saw that edge, I wanted to get to the end zone as fast as I could so I could celebrate with my teammates."
They did it a lot.
Teams that had that national title aspirations end on the same day, Oregon and Kansas State ended up in the desert for a marquee matchup billed as a battle of styles: The fast-flying Ducks vs. the execution-is-everything Wildcats.
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