James, Blount, Barner get Ducks even

PASADENA, Calif. -- Oregon's offense is awake.

Can Ohio State's defense slow down the revived Ducks?

The running game has really got going, as LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and LeGarrette Blount helped Oregon tie the score at 10-10. Ohio State also got beat on a fourth-and-9 play as Ducks wideout Jeff Maehl made a diving catch just beyond the marker. Blount entered the game to a huge roar and scored on his first touch.

Special teams aren't helping the Buckeyes, as Barner has broken off big returns every time he's touched the football. Ohio State entered the game ranked sixth nationally in punt coverage and 36th in kickoff coverage, but Jim Tressel can't be happy with those units.

Once again, the second quarter hasn't been good to the Big Ten in a BCS bowl.