On Thursday night, Oregon Ducks’ quarterback Marcus Mariota had all of his dreams for the season shattered.
Before the loss, Mariota looked like the favorite to win the Heisman trophy and his Ducks seemed like a sure bet to play for the national championship.
Now, neither of those goals appear to be attainable.
In a 26-20 loss to the Stanford Cardinal, Mariota completed 20-of-34 passes for 250 yards with two late touchdown passes. He was held to -16 yards rushing and lost a fumble on the ground. During the game, Mariota clearly looked hammered by a knee injury and struggled when he attempted to take off and run. Mariota apparently played the game with a strained MCL.
According to ESPN.com, Mariota told told reporters “not at all” when asked if his knee was an issue and said he would “for sure” when the sixth-ranked Ducks host the Utah Utes Saturday.
“My knee is what it is,” Mariota said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’m not going to use that as an excuse.”
The Ducks and Utes will kick off at 4:00 pm EST and the game is on Fox Sports 1.