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12/09/14 - 2014 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin Badgers back Melvin Gordon were selected as the three finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday. The three players will be invited to New York to be on hand for Saturday's presentation of the award, which goes to college football's best player. The deadline for voting was Monday afternoon. Finalists are determined by votes received from 929 media members and former winners. Not among the finalists is Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last year as a redshirt freshman and led the Seminoles to an undefeated regular season this season and berth in the four-team national playoff.
Mariota is considered the front-runner to win the 80th Heisman and would become the first Oregon player to earn the trophy. "However it goes, I'm honored and grateful," Mariota, a Hawaii native, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Mariota has thrown for 3,783 yards this season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes with 38 passing touchdowns and just two interceptions. Mariota also has 669 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound redshirt junior and Winston will be paired in one of the national semifinal games when the Ducks play Florida State in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl. "I wouldn't be in this position without all of my teammates," Mariota said. - The Sports Xchange
12/07/14 - Oregon punches ticket to playoff by dominating Arizona...No. 2 Oregon left little for the College Football Playoff selection committee to contemplate regarding the Ducks' postseason status. Oregon virtually assured itself a berth in the four-team national championship playoff by squashing the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats 51-13 on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game at Levi's Stadium. The Ducks (12-1) dominated the game, outgaining Arizona 640-224 and avenging their only loss of the season - a 31-24 Arizona victory in Eugene, Ore., on Oct. 2. Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota downplayed the revenge factor, though. "We had a lot of motivation to win this game," he said. "We didn't put much emphasis on (revenge), because that can be a distraction. We just played better this time."
Oregon scored more than 40 points for the eighth consecutive game, and Mariota - voted the game's most outstanding offensive player - probably improved his Heisman Trophy chances by completing 25 of 38 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed for three touchdowns and has accounted for a conference-record 53 touchdowns this season. "If this guy isn't what the Heisman Trophy is all about, then I'm in the wrong profession," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. Freshman running back Royce Freeman rushed for 114 yards for Oregon. The only question for the Ducks is whether they will be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final College Football Playoff rankings. In either case, Oregon will likely play its semifinal game in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. - The Sports Xchange
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