Quarterback Marcus Mariota had nearly 400 total yards as the Oregon Ducks, ranked tenth in the nation, spoiled Mack Brown’s final game with a 30-7 victory in the Alamo Bowl last night. Mariota led all rushers with 133 yards on just 15 carries. He was also 18 of 26 for 253 yards passing in what I’m hoping set the stage for a Heisman Trophy campaign next season. Mariota will be returning in 2014 for his junior season.
After many (including myself) thought the team was snubbed for a BCS Bowl, the Ducks are definitely flying high on their way home to Eugene following the blowout of the Longhorns. Except for one drive, the Ducks pretty much dominated the game on both sides of the ball, although I think Ducks fans found it somewhat crazy that their high-powered offense scored just one touchdown and had to settle for a few field goals. Not what they’re used to seeing!
Leaving the field for the last time with the Longhorns, Coach Brown gave the crowd one final “Hook ‘em Horns” hand signal following the team’s fifth loss this season. I know that this loss was far from the send-off that the Texas crowd, and team, wanted for Brown. But now, the school must shift its focus to finding a replacement. This should be a job that is highly sought after, and I’m sure they’ll have a new coach in place in the next few weeks.
Anyways…congrats to the Ducks! Here’s to a great 2014 season next year! Win the Day!