The Oregon Ducks will be at home next week for their PAC-12 opener against the California olden Bears, and quarterback Marcus Mariota is poised for another video game-like performance.
During last week’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.
Mariota 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.
Now, he’ll face a Cal defense that let Ohio State backup QB Kenny Guiton complete 21/32 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns. Another big day Saturday will keep Mariota at the top of any Heisman conversation for at least another week, but his chances of holding the trophy at season’s end rest on how well he plays against the likes of Stanford, Washington and UCLA down the road.,