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11/05/14 - Ducks jump into CFP top four...Following a 45-16 rout of Stanford, Oregon moved into fourth place in the College Football Playoff rankings that were released Tuesday. The top four teams as selected by a 12-person committee will earn berths in the inaugural college football semifinals to be played in the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. The winners advance to the national title game, Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. The top three remained unchanged from the previous week: Mississippi State (8-0), Florida State (8-0) and Auburn (7-1). Oregon (8-1) rose from fifth to fourth. Mississippi (7-2) fell from fourth to 11th after a 35-31 home loss to Auburn. The Bulldogs earned a 17-10 win over Arkansas on Saturday. The Seminoles erased a 21-0 deficit and defeated Louisville 42-31 last Thursday.
Rounding out the CFB top 10 are Alabama (7-1), TCU (7-1), Kansas State (7-1), Michigan State (7-1), Arizona State (7-1) and Notre Dame (7-1). Following Ole Miss, the remainder of the top 20 consists of Baylor (7-1), Nebraska (8-1), Ohio State (7-1), Oklahoma (6-2), LSU (6-2), Utah (6-2), UCLA (7-2), Arizona (6-2) and Georgia (6-2). Nos. 21 to 25, in order, are Duke (7-1), West Virginia (6-3), Georgia Tech (7-2) and Wisconsin (6-2). The third major unbeaten team, Marshall (8-0) remains unranked by the CFP panel. - The Sports Xchange
11/03/14 - Marcus Mariota finally beat Stanford. Now on to the rest of the season and perhaps a shot at the playoffs after fifth-ranked Oregon snapped a two-game losing streak to the Cardinal with a 45-16 victory Saturday night. "To get this win was huge. It will build a lot of momentum heading into the rest of the year," Mariota said. "It was one of those things - good to get it under your belt and bury the hatchet a little." Mariota, who celebrated his 21st birthday this week, threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores for Oregon (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12, No. 5 CFP). Thomas Tyner returned from an injury to run for two touchdowns. For the past two seasons Oregon has looked to have a good shot at a national championship berth, and both times Stanford derailed the Ducks' season. This season Oregon climbed to No. 2 in the AP rankings but stumbled with a home loss to Arizona on Oct. 2. "I know we're on a path to be a really good team in our conference," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "Our guys are tough. We're physically tough. They're mentally tough."
Stanford's defense had not allowed an opponent more than 30 points in a string of 31 games, the longest streak in the nation. The Cardinal (5-4, 3-3) had allowed just four total rushing touchdowns through the season's first eight games; Oregon finished with four. "The bottom line is we played against one of the best teams in the nation tonight and we fought them as hard as we could," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "We tried to stay close and we got within a score in the second half. We had to play a near perfect second half and we didn't do that." - AP Sports
10/28/14 - OCT 27 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns in Oregonís 59-41 win over California. After the Golden Bears went ahead 14-7 in the first quarter, Mariota led Oregon to score 17 straight points to take the lead. In the first half, he completed 11-of-18 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns. It was Mariotaís 34th consecutive game with a touchdown pass. He finished 18-of-30 for 326 yards and became Oregonís all-time passing leader with 8,299 yards. On the year Mariota has thrown for 2,283 yards on has completed 24 TD passes while throwing only one interception. Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Anu Solomon, QB, ARIZ; Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA; Nelson Agholor, WR, USC; Travis Wilson, QB, UTAH. - Pac-12 football
10/25/14 - Marcus Mariota threw a rare interception ó his first since the Oregon State game last season ó on a pass that was deflected twice. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich could only smile. The No. 6 Ducks are on a roll and Mariota's turnover hardly slowed them at all. Mariota matched his season high with five touchdown passes and broke the Oregon record for career passing yards in the Ducks' 59-41 victory over California on Friday night in the first college game at Levi's Stadium. "During the game I was upset," Mariota said. "Coach came and joked with me and got me to relax a little bit and forget about it. It's OK. It happens. I just have to learn from it."
Mariota completed 18 of 30 passes for 326 yards. The miscue ended his streak of passes without an interception at 253. Mariota pushed his career total to 8,625 yards, breaking Bill Musgrave's record of 8,343 on the Ducks' opening possession with the first of two touchdown throws to Dwayne Stanford. The junior quarterback has at least one TD pass all 34 of his career games. "You might want to go buy a lottery ticket, Marcus made a couple of mistakes," Helfrich said. "I'm actually glad, I think, that that happened to get him off the schneid." - AP Sports
10/25/14 - The No. 6-ranked Oregon Ducks won't scare anyone with their defense. They came into Friday's game against the California Golden Bears ranked 98th of 125 FBS teams in total defense and yielded 560 yards and more than 40 points on Friday night. To make matters worse, Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota threw his first interception of the season. But the Ducks' potent offense more than made up for those shortcomings in Oregon's 59-41 Pac-12 victory over Cal before a crowd of 55,575 at Levi's Stadium. Asked afterward whether he believes in the adage that defenses win championships, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said, "I believe in the adage that teams win championships. This was a win on the road, a short week. It was a gutty performance by our guys. Offensively, (the Bears) are lights out." The Ducks can expect a different kind of game next Saturday when they host Stanford, which has beaten Oregon the past two years with a physical team built on defense.
On Friday, though, a high-scoring game was expected, with both teams' offenses averaging more than 40 points and their defenses ranking 11th and 12th, respectively, in the Pac-12. Oregon (7-1, 4-1 in the Pac-12) rolled up 592 yards and stayed alive in its bid for one of the four national playoff spots. Mariota completed 18 of 30 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for 36 yards. But the talk afterward focused on his interception on a tipped ball in the second quarter, ending his run of 253 pass attempts without a pick. "I sort of messed up," Mariota said. "Coach kind of joked about. He said just flush it. It's OK. It happens." Helfrich said he was even glad the interception occurred, to end the attention paid to the streak. "He had a couple of mistakes," Helfrich said. "It's almost funny; you've come to expect him to be perfect." - The Sports Xchange