The Oregon Ducks blew open a close game in the third quarter and trounced the Florida State Seminoles 59-20 in the first College Football Playoff semifinal.
Running back Royce Freeman scored the game's first touchdown on a one-yard run, and Christian French then scored a two-point conversion to give the Ducks an 8-3 lead. The Ducks, and later Seminoles, then tacked on field goals early in the second quarter. Heading into halftime, the game remained close with Oregon leading 18-13.
In the third quarter, however, the Ducks broke the game wide open, and a Tony Washington Jr. touchdown on a 58-yard fumble return gave Oregon a 25-point lead. Marcus Mariota followed that with a 23-yard touchdown run, and then running back Thomas Tyner scored on a 25-yard run.
The Ducks advance to the national championship game and will face the winner of the Alabama-Ohio State game.
The national championship game is Monday, Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
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