Oregon rode the pinpoint passing of Marcus Mariota, an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by De'Anthony Thomas and a stubborn defense to a 44-21 win over Utah, improving their record to 9-1, 6-1 in the PAC-12.
Fans got an additional treat on the drive home as many tuned their car radios to Stanford-USC game. The Trojans Andre Heidari nailed a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to boot The Cardinal, 20-17 in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The upset loss means the Ducks are in first place in the PAC-12 North and control their destiny for the right to host the PAC-12 Championship Game. Finish the season with wins at Arizona next Saturday and in The Civil War, and they will meet the winner of of the PAC-12 South in Autzen Stadium on December 7th, Arizona State, UCLA or USC.
Mariota was masterful this afternoon. Still not running with the sprained knee, although he looked more comfortable and more mobile, he threw darts to receivers at every level of the defense, hitting ...