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Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota Shows His Heisman Worthiness on Saturday

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It was announced before the game on Saturday that Oregon would play without two kep pieces on Offense. Running Back Thomas Tyner and Wide Receiver Keanon Lowe would sit out the game against Oregon State. As it turned out, they would not be missed.

Oregon started the game by winning the coin toss and taking the ball first. It did not take long for Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota to make his presence felt putting the finishing touches on the regular season and also likely his Heisman Trophy bid on Saturday night at Reser Stadium, Mariota was key, at at one point in leaping over a defender struck the Heisman pose.

Failed extra point: Photo: Dave Peaks
Failed extra point:
Photo: Dave Peaks

The Oregon Ducks Quarterback was accountable for six touchdowns and over five-hundred yards of Offense against the Beavers in the Civil War. Four scores were through the air with two catches being made by Wide Receiver Charles Nelson. Mariota also had two running scores on the night. The Oregon Ducks Offense was efficient when they needed to be.

On Third down Mark Helfrich had his team converting four of eleven times. Oregon was more efficient on fourth down converting one-hundred percent of the time on two attempts. At one point in the game the Oregon Ducks Kicker Matt Wogan had more points than the Oregon State Beavers thanks in part to a Ducks Defense that played solid all night.

Photo: Dave Peaks
Photo: Dave Peaks

Entering the game Oregon State Quarterback Sean Mannion was the key to shutting down the Beavers Offense and the Oregon Ducks did just that limiting the Senior to just one-hundred sixty two yards and a touchdown late in the game. He was nineteen for thirty nine on the night. The Beavers season is now over with a 5-7 record.

The Oregon Ducks season, in a way, is just beginning with a rematch against Arizona on Friday night for the Pac-12 Championship. Oregon remained in the number three spot in the Associated Press and Coaches Polls today meaning they will likely not fall out of favor with the College Football Playoff Committee on Tuesday when this week’s numbers are announced.

Ducks warm up
The Oregon Ducks warming up for the Civil war game | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

The game this Friday is set for 6pm PT from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. It will be televised on FOX.

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Ducks Crush Beavers in Civil War 47-19

fb civil war pic for webCORVALLIS, Ore — The No. 2 Oregon Ducks left no doubt about who was the best football team in the state, thrashing the Oregon State Beavers 47-19 in the 118th playing of the Civil War in front a packed house at Reser Stadium.

Heisman Trophy contender Marcus Mariota once again led the way for the Ducks, scoring six total touchdowns, extending his own Pac-12 season record for total touchdowns to 48. Mariota also set a new UO single-season record with 36 touchdown passes, breaking Darron Thomas’ former mark of 33 in 2011. In all, Mariota finished with 367 passing yards, four touchdown passes and added 39 rushing yards with two additional TD.

Oregon State senior quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 162 yards and a touchdown in his final college game to extend his Pac-12 career passing yards record to 13,600.

The Ducks dominated the Beavers from the beginning, scoring on their first offensive drive. They led OSU 30-3 at halftime, and never looked back. Oregon amassed 565 total yards, while the Beavers gained 362 total yards. Oregon State’s season ends with a 5-7 final record, with only two wins in the Pac-12. OSU has not beaten Oregon in the Civil War since 2007.

Oregon now head back down to Santa Clara, california, where they have a date with Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship Game next Friday at 6:00 p.m. The Ducks only loss this season came at the hands of the Wildcats, a 31-24 loss on October 2.

 

 

 

Will Oregon Ducks Look Ahead And Miss An Opportunity at Oregon State?

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The Oregon Ducks have played the 2014 season as good as they come. They enter the game with Oregon State at 10-1 and are ranked second in the top four of the College Football Playoff. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has surpassed nine-thousand passing and two thousand rushing yards for his career and Freshman Running Back Royce Freeman has one-thousand yards on the ground in his Freshman season, a first for the Ducks.

Oregon’s quarterback Marcus Mariota warms-up before a game against the California Golden Bears at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. The Ducks defeated the Golden Bears 59-41. (Eugene Johnson/EDN)
Oregon’s quarterback Marcus Mariota warms-up before a game against the California Golden Bears at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. The Ducks defeated the Golden Bears 59-41. (Eugene Johnson/EDN)

Could it all be unraveled today against Oregon State? It will be Quarterback Sean Mannon’s game at Reser. He has become one of the most prolific passers in Beavers History with over three thousand yards this season and he is one hundred and sixty passing yards away from sixteen thousand in his college career. I’ll say that again, sixteen-thousand. Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota can surpass ten-thousand with a huge day today and five-hundred fifty yards through the air.

My focus on this game will be the Quarterbacks. Mariota is the dual threat, but if you have someone who can catch the ball a passing threat can be just as dangerous. The game is at Reser Stadium this season and the home crowd would love nothing more than to put a wrench in Oregon’s post season plans.

Photo: Dave Peaks
Photo: Dave Peaks

With a win the Beavers, currently at 5-6, would be able to make some post season plans of their own. Six wins is the minimum required for bowl eligibility. Couple that with possible hometown crowd momentum and it could make for a dangerous night for the Oregon Ducks and Marcus Mariota. Corvallis is again the place where dream seasons go to die. Look to Arizona State just a few weeks ago for the perfect example.

Oregon could also be distracted to the task ahead of them in facing Arizona for a second time this season in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Will these distractions cause a headache for Oregon? Probably not, but in the game of college football possibilities and probabilities are the name of the game.

Oregon and Oregon kickoff from Reser Stadium today at 5pm Pacific time on ABC. EDN will have Live Coverage of the game today via the #EDNSports on Facebook, Twiter and Instagram.

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