PASADENA, Calif. — Oregon won the first College Football Playoff game and clinched a spot in the national championship with a 59-20 Rose Bowl victory that snapped Florida State’s 29-game win streak. With the victory, the Ducks advance to face the winner of the Sugar Bowl in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12.
1. The Ducks routed the Seminoles with more than a quarterback
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won a clash of the two most recent Heisman Trophy winners on Thursday, but Mariota also had a better supporting cast than the Seminoles’ Jameis Winston. Florida State may have more players drafted into the NFL, but the Ducks made critical plays when they needed them. Florida State, which lived dangerously all season but still won 13 games, could not mount one of its trademark second-half comebacks because the Ducks simply answered and then some every time the Seminoles scored.
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