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The Duck Stops Here:
It's interesting that the Ducks two stars, Kenjon Barner and Marcus Mariota, both defy nicknaming.
I'll never forget the Cal game last year. Barner breaks off a 68-yard touchdown run and Rece Davis, doing the call on ESPN, exclaimed, "He doesn't need a nickname, he's just GONE. Gone, Kenjon Barner."
For Mariota, "The Flyin' Hawaiian" seems stagey and faintly racist, like it was cooked up by a Hollywood press agent or a wrestling promoter. "Super Mario" doesn't fit either--you can't picture the smooth, composed Mariota in a bushy mustache and blue overalls with an 8 on the front, although it would make a good Heisman promotion poster. "8MM" seems too violent, more like the handle of a gansta rapper rather than a polite, mature kid from a good family who also happens to be a superb athlete.
Down in Texas they have Johnny Football, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. Duck fans may remember that Manziel was originally ...
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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota discusses Oregon 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford on Nov. 17, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
At the University of Nike on Saturday in overtime on national TV in primetime, the peak of this multi-billion-dollar college football business was coming down on a freshman quarterback, Marcus Mariota. He turned 19 a few weeks ago.
He botched it, and then the field-goal kicker missed, too, allowing Stanford to beat No. 2 Oregon 17-14. On a night when BCS No. 1 Kansas State was exposed...
The Oregon Ducks entered Saturday’s game as a 3-touchdown favorite. A potent offense led by redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota was poised, to light up the scoreboard. Oregon’s improved defense wasn’t able to slow down Stanford. Duck fans watched in agony as the cardinals celebrated on their field. Fast athletic teams had created problems this year [...]
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While Stanford will be able to run the ball on a depleted Oregon defense, sensational quarterback Marcus Mariota will lift the Ducks to a win, clinching their place in the Pac-12 title game.
Saturday night, it rained in Autzen Stadium.
For the second November in a row the Ducks' hope of a second appearance in the national championship game ended with missed field goals, missed blocks and loose footballs that bounced the other way.
Stanford's quick, physical defensive front didn't need a replay review to defeat Oregon at the line of scrimmage. The Ducks...
A Defining Moment
While the Oregon Ducks have already dispelled the threat of the USC Trojans (at least for the time being), they may face an even tougher test when they play host to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night in Autzen Stadium.
Matchup: Stanford at Oregon
Venue: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Oregon)
Game Time, TV: 5:00pm PST, ABC/ESPN
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012
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