The #2 Oregon Ducks destroyed Tennessee on Saturday to the tune of 59-14. The Ducks threw for 471 yards — 456 of them from starter Marcus Mariota — and ran for another 216 against the previously undefeated Volunteers.
Heisman Trophy hopeful Marcus Mariota’s 456 yards passing are the third most in Oregon school history for a single game, and the performance marks the first time since 2005 that an Oregon quarterback has thrown for over 400 yards when Kellen Clemens accomplished the feat, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com.
Mariota had 350 yards passing at halftime – yes halftime – as Oregon took a 38-7 lead into the locker room. If scores like this keep up for the Ducks, it might get a bit difficult for Mariota to keep his stats up. Surely the sophomore quarterback can’t continue those breakneck numbers so early in games, right? With the way Oregon scores points, often times Mariota and the rest of the offense are out of the game and relenting to the backups by the 4th quarter.
Heisman voters will need to keep this in mind when submitting their ballots this year, but if Mariota continues to perform at this level his early exits from games might not matter. All told, Mariota finished the day with 4 touchdown passes and 1 rushing touchdown.