The Oregon Ducks lucked about as ugly as they’ve looked on offense in a long while against the Stanford Cardinal last night, and much of that had to do with the play of their quarterback and Heisman contender, Marcus Mariota.
The redshirt sophomore QB this season had passed for 2,281 yards with 20 touchdowns and no interceptions and rushing for 511 yards and nine touchdowns, and the Ducks are No. 2 in the BCS standings with an 8-0 record, and is the favorite to win the Heisman trophy in nearly every expert Heisman polls.
But Mariota may was dealing with an MCL injury heading into last night’s game, and that led to a pedestrian 20/34 passing game for 250 yards. Most of those yards, as well as his two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter after the game was out of reach.
Asked after the game how much pain he was in, Mariota said the injury is not too serious.
“I don’t know. I tend to just not focus on the pain because you’ve got to play with it. It is what it is,” Mariota said. “It’s a little banged up, but it’s nothing too extraordinary. We’re going to take it and get healthy, and I’ll be ready for next week.”
It’s unclear as to when this injury may have arisen, but it will certainly hindered his play.