01/03/2013 07:30 pm ET

Fiesta Bowl 2013 Live Updates: Oregon vs. Kansas State

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Less than a month ago, Oregon and Kansas State seemed on track for a matchup in Miami. But a disappointing loss for each team sent them to the desert instead. While supporters in Eugene and the Little Apple may lament the missed opportunities, neutral football fans are delighted to see such a marquee Fiesta Bowl matchup in a bowl season that has delivered too few games of this caliber.

"This game could have been for the national championship," Oregon linebacker Boseko Lokombo told reporters ahead of the game. "A couple weeks ago, that's where we were both headed."

The 11-1 Oregon Ducks take on the 11-1 Kansas State Wildcats in Phoenix, Ariz. and it's not just their records -- and the timing of their losses -- that are similar. Both teams have impressive offenses which include a Heisman contender (although only Kansas State's guy was invited to New York). Oregon averages 50.8 points per game. Kansas State averages 40.7. Oregon allows 22 points scored per game. Kansas State allows an average of 21.1.

While Oregon has plenty of dynamic playmakers on offense in Marcus Mariota and Kenjon Barner, Kansas State has powerful dual-threat quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein. The senior out of Loveland, Colo. threw for 15 touchdowns, while running for 22 and racking up 3,380 total yards.

On the other side of the field, there's clearly a reason why Ducks coach Chip Kelly has garnered so much interest from NFL teams over the last few years. For the third straight year, Oregon's offense is in the top three in the nation in points scored per game. This year, the Ducks finished fourth in total yards per game, second in rushing yards per game and second in total points scored.

Will Kelly be able to put the swirling NFL rumors aside and lead his Ducks to a second straight BCS bowl win? Or will Klein and the Wildcats pull off the upset?

Scroll down for live updates.

01/03/2013 11:53 PM EST

@ Jason1Goff :

Chip under .500 career record awaits you in the NFL.

01/03/2013 11:50 PM EST

Mariota is taking some knees. This one's over.

01/03/2013 11:50 PM EST

@ hardwoodhype :

Chip's gotta go for this TD as a farewell gift to OU fans, right?

01/03/2013 11:49 PM EST

@ EyeOnCFB :

And Klein shows why the Wildcats haven't made more of an effort to go deep, as Oregon DB Dargan picks him off downfield.

01/03/2013 11:49 PM EST


Klein drops back and launches a pass deep down the left side but it gets INTERCEPTED by Oregon's Erick Dargan.

01/03/2013 11:48 PM EST

@ Alex_Flanagan :

Not often is an oregon game boring, If if weren't for brad Nessler and the one point safety, I might have fallen asleep a while ago.

01/03/2013 11:47 PM EST


Lockett takes the kick to the 37-yard line.

01/03/2013 11:47 PM EST

@ BR_CFB :

Chip Kelly will now spend the final 2:27 deciding which office at University of Phoenix Stadium will be his starting tomorrow.

01/03/2013 11:46 PM EST

4th and 4

Maldonoto kicks a 23-yard field goal to make it 35-17 OREGON with 2:27 left.

01/03/2013 11:43 PM EST

3rd and 6

Barner gets the call again and runs up the middle for about 2 yards. Ball is on the 6-yard line. 2:30 remaining. Kansas State calls timeout.