The 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl served as the final game for Texas Longhorn’s head coach Mack Brown who resigned earlier this month after 16 years in Austin, but his team could not send him out a winner as the Oregon Ducks cruised to an easy 30-7 victory.
Marcus Mariota, who announced he will return for his redshirt junior season at the beginning of the month, looked every bit like the Heisman candidate we saw for the bulk of the year before he suffered an MCL injury in November.
Mariota showcased his dual-threat ability that has many thinking he could be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft this year.
The 6-4, 211-pound quarterback ran for 134 yards on 15 carries while throwing for 254 yards on 18/26 passing with a 16-yard touchdown to Josh Huff in the second quarter. Huff led all receivers in the game with 1o4 yards and five receptions.
Oregon has 20 plays of 10 yards or more en route to rolling up 470 yards of offense.
Texas, however had atrocious play from their quarterback, Case McCoy who was 8/17 passing for a scant 48 yards and threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. He did have a one-yard rushing touchdown to account for their lone score.
He was benched in favor of much-ballyhooed true freshman Tyrone Swoopes who did not fare much better as the 6-4, 245-pounder was 1/6 passing for eight yards. He did add 38 yards on eight rushing attempts and should be the starting quarterback for whoever is named as Brown’s successor.
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson is hoping to have their next head coach by mid-January.
Brown did not go out a winner on the scoreboard as Oregon had their way with Texas tonight, but Mack leaves the game as one of the true gentlemen of college football and his successor will have mighty big shoes to fill.
And the Oregon Gatorade bath: