Marcus Mariota continues to lead the Oregon Ducks’ offense to levels rarely seen in college football.
During Saturday’s dominating win over the Tennessee Volunteers, Oregon had 658 total yards of offense through three quarters of play, which was the most through 3 quarters by any team vs an SEC team over the last 10 seasons.
He finished his monster day 23/33 passing for 456 yards (13.8 ypa) and four touchdowns. He tossed in 6 carries for 27 yards and a score to pad his stats and boost his Heisman campaign even more. He also became the first Duck to have 400 yards passing in a game since Kellen Clemens in 2005.
But if he wants to win the Heisman, he faces a stretch of opposing defenses as tough as any Heisman candidate will face.
With road trips too Washington and Stanford, if Mariota can somehow mange to keep Oregon unscathed through those two contests while avoiding letdowns against the other cupcakes that fill their schedule, then it will be hard to see him not holding the Heisman trophy by season’s end.