Ducks flattened by Cyclones in 2021 Fiesta Bowl

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Oregon, the Pac-12 champs, played the Big 12 champs Iowa State

Quarterback Tyler Shough #12 of the Oregon Ducks makes a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones during the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on January 02, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The youngest team in the FBS this season, mistake-prone Oregon looked it in a 34-17 loss to Iowa State in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.

The Ducks committed a season-high five turnovers, including a muffed kickoff return, had a touchdown negated by a penalty and held the ball for only 17:12.

Down 28-17 at the half, Oregon’s six second-half possessions ended punt-fumble-punt-fumble-punt-interception. They finished the season 4-3.

The Cyclones took an early 7-0 lead before the Ducks tied it. They traded touchdowns again in the 2nd quarter before Iowa State took command and led 28-17 at the half.

They added a field goal in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead and their defense kept the Ducks at bay throughout the second half before adding another 3 points midway through the 4th quarter.

Iowa State finished 9-3. Oregon, the Pac-12 champions, finished 4-3.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report

Quarterback Brock Purdy #15 of the Iowa State Cyclones celebrates after scoring a 1-yard rushing touchdown against the Oregon Ducks during the first half of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on January 02, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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