ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Les Miles with Jarrett Lee #12 of the LSU Tigers during play against the Oregon Ducks at Cowboys Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Oregon Vs. LSU: Tigers Send Ducks Packing In 40-27 Victory

The No. 3 Oregon Ducks and No. 4 LSU Tigers open up their 2011 schedules in The Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

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Oregon Vs. LSU Final Score: Tigers Pull Away From Ducks In 2nd Half For 40-27 Victory

The No. 4 LSU Tigers sent last season's BCS runner-up, the No. 3 Oregon Ducks, to an opening game loss, 40-27, in Arlington, Tx. After an uneven first half for both teams, the Tigers came out in the second half by capitalizing on multiple turnovers by the Ducks. Then in the fourth quarter, the Tigers held off a later Ducks charge.

The Tigers led by three at halftime, 16-13, but turned that into a 30-13 advantage by rattling a true freshman on the Ducks. De'Anthony Thomas fumbled the ball on consecutive Oregon possessions, which LSU converted into touchdowns. Michael Ford, who scored the first of those touchdowns, added a second touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Jarrett Lee didn't do anything to lose the game for the Tigers, but he was a serviceable 10-of-22 for 98 yards in the game The Ducks' Darron Thomas, on the other hand, connected on 31 of 53 passes for 240 yards, but had just one touchdown.

Ducks running back LaMichael James looked different from his 2010 version. He suffered cramps throughout the game and finished with 54 yards on 18 carries. Was this a bump in the road or has he lost his Heisman Trophy way?

For more on the Ducks, head over to Oregon blog Addicted to Quack. For more on the Tigers, check out LSU blog And The Valley Shook. Be sure to visit SB Nation's college football hub.

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Oregon Vs. LSU Score: LaMichael James Returns For Ducks, But LSU Still Leads, 33-20

The Oregon Ducks were shutout in the third quarter by the LSU Tigers, but they answered back in the fourth quarter with a -yard touchdown reception by Josh Huff. It is now a two-score game for the Ducks to overcome, as they are losing, 33-20.

Ducks running back LaMichael James left the game earlier with cramps, but he returned in the fourth quarter. He had a three-yard run to pick up a first down one play before Darron Thomas found Huff in the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown.

LSU kicker Drew Alleman had kicked a 32-yard field goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter to bring the Tigers' points total to 33. The Ducks will have a little over eight minutes to make a comeback.

For more on the Ducks, head over to Oregon blog Addicted to Quack. For more on the Tigers, check out LSU blog And The Valley Shook. Be sure to visit SB Nation's college football hub.

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Oregon Vs. LSU Score: Tigers Build 30-13 Lead; Ducks Lose LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner

The Oregon Ducks are going to kick themselves if turnovers cause them to lose this game. Case in point, true freshman De'Anthony Thomas fumbled the ball in his own territory, which turned into an LSU field goal. On the kickoff, Thomas had the ball stripped, which LSU recovered and turned into a touchdown. The Tigers lead the Ducks, 30-13.

Even more concerning for the Ducks are injuries to running backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, which has led to Thomas playing in these key situations. If they don't return (Barner left for the locker room), the Ducks may find it too hard to make a comeback.

Running backs Michael Ford and Spencer Ware came up with the rushing touchdowns for the Tigers.

For more on the Ducks, head over to Oregon blog Addicted to Quack. For more on the Tigers, check out LSU blog And The Valley Shook. Be sure to visit SB Nation's college football hub.

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Oregon Vs. LSU Score: Tigers Enter Halftime With 16-13 Lead

The Oregon Ducks' lead in the second quarter was short-lived as the LSU Tigers came up with a touchdown with 45 seconds left on the clock. The Tigers enter halftime with a 16-13 lead.

LSU took over four minutes to complete its 12-play, 69-yard drive. Jarrett Lee hit Rueben Randle for a 10-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-6. Drew Alleman made the extra point this time, having missed the last one.

Neither team has found a solid rhythm on offense yet. Oregon has 167 total yards, 121 of which have come in the air. Top running back LaMichael James scored the Ducks' lone touchdown, but has 36 yards on 14 carries. LSU's total yards stand at just 100. Jarrett Lee, starting for the suspended Jordan Jefferson, is just 7-of-15 for 54 yards and the touchdown pass.

With some halftime adjustments, maybe the offenses will start to click.

For more on the Ducks, head over to Oregon blog Addicted to Quack. For more on the Tigers, check out LSU blog And The Valley Shook. Be sure to visit SB Nation's college football hub.

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Oregon Vs. LSU Score: LaMichael James TD Puts Ducks Back In Lead, 13-9

The Oregon Ducks sure controlled the clock on their last drive. They chewed up nearly eight minutes of the second quarter to score their first touchdown of the game. LaMichael James scored a three-yard touchdown on the 19th play of the drive, giving the Ducks a 13-6 lead.

The Duck's drive looked ready to falter on 3rd-and-17. Darron Thomas completed just a 12-yard pass to Lavasier Tuinei. It would have set up a field goal attempt, but an LSU defender decided to lead with his helmet as he jumped in the air to hit Tuinei. That resulted in a personal foul and first down for the Ducks. Two plays later, LaMichael James ran into the end zone to put the Ducks in the lead.

For more on the Ducks, head over to Oregon blog Addicted to Quack. For more on the Tigers, check out LSU blog And The Valley Shook. Be sure to visit SB Nation's college football hub.

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Oregon Vs. LSU Score: Tigers Hold 9-6 Advantage In 2nd Quarter

Anyone expecting a potent offensive game between the Oregon Ducks and the LSU Tigers has been disappointed so far. The Tigers lead the Ducks in the second quarter, 9-6. Neither quarterback in the game has been able to find their wide receivers so far.

Jarrett Lee is starting in place of Jordan Jefferson for the Tigers, but he is just 4-of-12 for 22 yards. The Tigers have a net of 31 total yards, but hold the lead on a wacky play. After the two teams exchanged three field goals in the first quarter, a punt came just seconds into the second quarter. Oregon's Kenjon Barner was about to have an adventure.

Barner caught the punted ball, but he failed to hold onto it. Tyrann Matheiu picked the ball up at Oregon's three-yard line and put it into the end zone for the touchdown. Kicker Drew Alleman missed the extra point attempt.

For more on the Ducks, head over to Oregon blog Addicted to Quack. For more on the Tigers, check out LSU blog And The Valley Shook. Be sure to visit SB Nation's college football hub.

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The No. 3 Oregon Ducks and No. 4 LSU Tigers open up their 2011 schedules in The Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

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