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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.