After the Ducks opened a 15-0 lead in the first quarter, Kansas State came back in the second quarter, but Oregon scored late to maintain control.
The Oregon Ducks got off to a fast start in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, but after leading 15-0 at the end of the first quarter, Kansas State came back in the second quarter to cut Oregon's lead to 22-10 at halftime.
Oregon's offense had plenty of success moving the ball in the first quarter but ran just seven plays for seven yards on their first two possessions of the second quarter. Kansas State executed three long drives, eating up the clock and keeping Oregon's offense on the sideline.
It wasn't until the Ducks got the ball with 1:00 to play in the half that they found some success. Marcus Mariota hit Kenjon Barner for a 24-yard field goal to increase the lead after a Kansas State missed field goal. The Ducks appeared to have a big play to Barner set up earlier in the quarter, but he lost the ball in the lights and was unable to haul in the pass. While he scored late in the quarter, Barner was limited to 23 rushing yards on seven attempts in the first half.
The Ducks' late score was a big shift as KSU had dominated the second quarter up to that point. The Wildcats had a chance to cut the Oregon lead to 15-13 but missed a field goal attempt. Oregon didn't take much time extending the lead after the missed kick, needing just five plays to cover 77 yards.