The 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will Oregon senior running back Kenjon Barner's fourth BCS game of his college career, and the Ducks' leading rusher is using his experience to stay focused amid the craziness of bowl week.
When asked whether the Ducks might fall victim to the wide-eyed excitement that can overwhelm inexperienced team, Barner reflected on past experience and how it has helped him the primetime showdown with the Kansas St. Wildcats.
"Having been in four BCS games, you have an understanding of all the lights, the media, the craziness that goes on with a bowl week," Barner said. "You have an understanding of that. You don't really get distracted by it."
Barner added that the No. 4 Ducks are approaching the No. 5 Wildcats just as they would any other opponent.
"I feel you can't make any game bigger than the other. Everybody knows the importance of this game, but this is just another opponent. You prepare the same way you prepare all season."
Impeccable focus and preparation led Barner to a tremendous year for the Ducks, as he rushed for 1,624 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2012. He also added 19 receptions for 232 yards and a touchdown.
Kickoff for the Fiesta Bowl is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MT at University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday, Jan. 3, and the game will be televised on ESPN.