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EUGENE – Marcus Mariota got his curtain call at Autzen Stadium. With the 44-10 victory already in hand Saturday against Colorado, No. 3 Oregon sent its Heisman-hopeful quarterback out for the first snap of the fourth quarter.
SALT LAKE CITY – Joe Walker returned Kaelin Clay’s careless goal line fumble 100 yards for a touchdown, Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 5 Oregon turned back No. 20 Utah 51-27 on Saturday night. Mariota was not at his best, but he did nothing to hurt his Heisman Trophy hopes while keeping the Ducks (9-1, 6-1) in the thick of the College Football Playoff race. The junior ran for 114 yards and was 17 for 29 for 239 yards passing.
EUGENE, Ore. – Marcus Mariota finally beat Stanford. Now on to the rest of the season and perhaps a shot at the playoffs after fifth-ranked Oregon snapped a two-game losing streak to the Cardinal with a 45-16 victory Saturday night.
EUGENE, Ore. – Everything about the pregame scene here felt like big-time college football, with Oregon Ducks legend Kenny Wheaton hopping on a motorcycle just before kickoff against the rival Washington Huskies, exhorting the sellout crowd at Autzen Stadium on a picture-perfect Saturday in the Willamette Valley. But when Oregon (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) finally stopped running and catching and scoring, the result was really nothing special at all.
Freshman Royce Freeman ran for 169 yards and four touchdowns and No. 9 Oregon extended its winning streak over Washington to 11 straight games with a 45-20 victory on Saturday night.
Aggies at Vandals Kickoff: 2 p.m., Kibbie Dome, Moscow
Chris Petersen found success against Oregon while he was coach at Boise State. So it follows that there would be talk about whether he could do the same with his new team, Washington. After all, the Huskies haven’t been able to beat the rival Ducks in their last 10 meetings, so fans are getting understandably antsy.
First Quarter WSU 7, Oregon 0
4: What went wrong Oregon made big plays when it needed to and Washington State needed one more answer. Despite seven sacks on Marcus Mariota the UO quarterback netted 50 yards on the ground, often when the Cougars badly needed a stop. Also, he missed on only four pass attempts.
PULLMAN – Washington State’s front seven made life miserable at times on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. But Mariota returned the favor, overcoming seven sacks with five touchdown passes that carried the second-ranked Ducks to a 38-31 victory Saturday night at Martin Stadium.
PULLMAN – There were less than a handful of plays in which Washington State didn’t play well enough to beat Oregon on Saturday night. A break here, a break there and the Cougars would be undefeated in the newly-renovated Martin Stadium and the Mike Leach regime would have a win that would resonate long after he finishes coaching. But making those critical few plays are what make the Ducks the No. 2 team in the country, and what made the difference in UO’s 38-31 escape in front 32,952 fans at Martin Stadium.
There were less than a handful of plays in which Washington State didn’t play well enough to beat Oregon on Saturday night. A break here, a break there and the Cougars would be undefeated in the newly-renovated Martin Stadium and the Mike Leach regime would have a win that would resonate long after he finishes coaching.
1 Be physical on defense. Few if any teams have the raw speed to keep up with Oregon’s offense, but teams have had success neutralizing the Ducks’ advantage by playing physically and taking out blockers at the beginning of plays. If the Washington State defense sets a physical tone it should be able to get off the field. 2 Play till the whistle. Marcus Mariota is an escape artist playing quarterback and has a special ability to keep plays alive long after it looks like the defenders have him cornered. Some of his biggest plays come as a result of defensive players letting up and assuming he will be sacked only to watch him run past a moment later, so it will be very important for WSU’s defenders to avoid the urge to let their guard down.
PosName#YrQBMarcus Mariota8Jr.RBThomas Tyner24So.XDevon Allen5Fr.YKeanon Lowe7Sr.LTJake Fisher75Sr.LGHamani Stevens54Sr.CHroniss Grasu55Sr.RGCameron Hunt78So.RTTyrell Crosby73Fr.TEPharaoh Brown85Jr.ZDwayne Stanford88So.PosName#YrDEArik Armstead9Jr.NGAlex Balducci56Jr.DEDeForest Buckner44Jr.OLBTony Washington91Sr.ILBRodney Hardrick48Jr.ILBDerrick Malone Jr.22Sr.OLBTyson Coleman33Jr.CBIfo Ekpre-Olomu14Sr.FSReggie Daniels8So.SSErick Dargan4Sr.CBTroy Hill13Sr.PosName#YrKMatt Wogan49So.PIan Wheeler38Fr.KRKeanon Lowe7Sr.PRIfo Ekpre-Olomu14Sr.
PosName#YrQBConnor Halliday12Sr.RBJamal Morrow25Fr.XVince Mayle1Sr.YRiver Cracraft84So.LTJoe Dahl56Jr.LGGunnar Eklund63Jr.CRiley Sorenson58So.RGEd Middleton73So.RTCole Madison61Fr.HRickey Galvin5Sr.ZIsiah Myers88Sr.PosName#YrDTXavier Cooper96Jr.NGRobert Barber92So.DEDaniel Ekuale90Fr.BLBKache Palacio40Jr.SLBCyrus Coen42Sr.MLBDarryl Monroe13Jr.WLBJeremiah Allison8Jr.CBDaquawn Brown4So.FSTaylor Taliulu30Jr..SSDarius Lemora28Fr.CBCharleston White16Fr.PosName#YrKQuentin Breshears41Jr.PJordan Dascalo45Fr.KRJamal Morrow25Fr.PRRickey Galvin5Sr.
So the determining factor in a WSU win today will be: whether or not the defense can rise to the challenge of slowing the unstoppable Ducks offense.
PULLMAN – At Oregon, the novelty is a lie. Thanks to a never-ending cavalcade of new uniforms and facilities, the Ducks give the impression of a football program that is trying to evolve as quickly as its offense scores.
At Oregon, the novelty is a lie.