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Fumbles by Florida State’s Dalvin Cook give Oregon Ducks momentum in Rose Bowl

Oregon linebacker Justin Hollins, front left, forces a fumble by Florida State running back Dalvin Cook during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif.
Oregon linebacker Justin Hollins, front left, forces a fumble by Florida State running back Dalvin Cook during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. AP

It was a Rose Bowl to forget for Dalvin Cook.

Florida State’s true freshman running back from Miami’s Central High lost two momentum-swinging fumbles that Oregon turned into a pair of third-quarter touchdowns.

Cook cracked the 1,000-yard rushing mark early in the third quarter. But the carry that put him over the top ended with the first of his two fumbles. The ball was stripped from his grasp at the end of the play and Oregon recovered.

The turnover proved costly.

The Ducks turned the takeaway into a touchdown five plays later, increasing their advantage to 25-13.

Cook’s miscues didn’t stop there.

Later in the quarter, he fumbled the ball away again after receiving a Jameis Winston pass that would have given the Seminoles a first down.

Two plays later, the Ducks scored again, stretching their lead to 39-20.

Cook holds the Florida State freshman rushing record.

ROAD STREAK ENDS

Going into the Rose Bowl, the Seminoles had won 18 consecutive games away from Doak Campbell Stadium.

That streak ended with Thursday’s loss.

Their last previous defeat outside of Tallahassee occurred on Oct.6, 2012, at North Carolina State.

HEISMAN DUELS

The 101st Rose Bowl marked the third time in postseason history that two Heisman Trophy winners stood on opposing sidelines.

Joining Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in that regard:

▪ Southern Cal’s Matt Leinhart and Oklahoma’s Jason White in the 2004 Orange Bowl.

▪ Florida’s Tim Tebow and Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford in the 2008 Orange Bowl.

OREGON INJURY

The Oregon football program took a huge hit when wide receiver Devon Allen left Thursday’s game with what appeared to be a knee injury. It may also be a hit to the track and field team.

The redshirt freshman was carted from the sideline to the locker room after the opening kickoff, spelling the end of his day.

Allen was the team’s second-leading receiver and led the team with seven touchdown catches coming into the Rose Bowl. It didn’t significantly affect Thursday’s game, but it certainly won’t make the Ducks any stronger when they play for the national title.

It could have huge repercussions for Oregon, the defending NCAA Division I track and field champions. Allen was the national champion in the 110-meter hurdles and he wasn’t just the national champion — he was the second-fastest NCAA male ever in the event, finishing in 13.16 seconds.

AN IOTA ON MARIOTA

Rarely does a pass from Marcus Mariota go to the opposition.

Nate Andrews became the third player this season to pick off Mariota, and just the second ever who hails from a non-Pac-12 program. His pick came with 16 seconds left in the first half.

Mariota had thrown only two picks in 372 attempts coming into Thursday, with one each against Cal and Stanford in back-to-back games earlier this season. In 1,094 career attempts coming in, Mariota had thrown just 12 interceptions.

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