As expected, the #3 ranked Oregon Ducks came out Saturday afternoon and ran all over Football Championship Series opponent Nicholls State in the first half.
Oregon went into halftime leading 38-3 behind Heisman trophy candidates quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back De’Anthony Thomas.
The Ducks scored three touchdowns in the first ten minutes; a 4 yard rush from Thomas, a 27 yard pass from Mariota, and another on a 22 yard rush from Thomas. Oregon finished the quarter with a 29-yard field goal from kicker Alejandro Maldonado.
Nicholls State managed a 35 yard field goal from kicker Andrew Dolan to open the second quarter, but ultimately Mariota and the speed of the Ducks took over again.
Mariota scored on rushes of 12 and 46 yards, finishing the half with 4 carries for 87 yards to go along with 173 yards passing, completing 8 of 17 attempts and a touchdown.
De’Anthony Thomas finished the half with 13 carries for 113 yards. Josh Huff led the receiver with 5 catches for 118 yards.
The second half is underway from Autzen Stadium, but don’t expect the Oregon starters to remain in the game for too much longer if they continue to run away with this one.
On a bright note for Nicholls State, they are receiving $450,000 from the University of Oregon to play in this game, so there’s that.