Sep 14, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive lineman Jordan Williams (54) reaches to block a pass from Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon Ducks’ Marcus Mariota: Don’t blink, you might miss him


With 9 minutes 35 seconds left in the first quarter, Colorado led #2 Oregon 10-8.  Then the Ducks went into high gear.

By the end of the quarter and two Marcus Mariota touchdown passes, Oregon took a 29-10 lead into the second.

Colorado managed a couple field goals, and then Mariota went to work again.  He rushed for a 1-yard score and threw for another putting Oregon up 43-16 at the half.

Through two quarters, Mariota was 13 of 14 for 261 yards and three touchdowns via the pass, and rushed 6 times for an additional 29 yards and two touchdowns.  That’s 5 touchdowns, at the half.

In his career, Mariota has started 18 games for Oregon and only finished 4.  This looks to be another in the unfinished category.

One thing I’ve learned watching the Ducks this year is: don’t blink, you might miss something spectacular.

That fact is something Heisman voters are going to have to take into account when considering Marcus Mariota for their vote.  While the numbers collectively may not be as high as a quarterback having to play the entirety of regulation in their team’s games, they are impressive enough to garner attention.  Coupled with the fact that Mariota only plays three quarters or so as a rule, they become all-the-more eye popping.

Coming into the game, Mariota was 60 of 107 for 1003 yards passing with 9 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, and had rushed 21 times for 295 yards and an additional 5 scores.

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