Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/5/12
FINALLY! It took 9 games before quarterback Marcus Mariota and the first-string offense for the Oregon Ducks got to play an entire game. But they made the most of it.The Ducks’ offense usually blows opponents out in the first half and Mariota and crew only get 30 minutes or less to rack up impressive stats. This game, however, went down to the wire and Mariota proved why he is worthy of Heisman trophy consideration as Oregon outlasted USC 62-51.Mariota missed on only 3 pass attempts, going 20 for 23 for 304 yards. He averaged more than 13 yards per completion and threw for four touchdowns. The freshman quarterback from Hawaii connected with running back De'Anthony Thomas for a 16 yard end zone strike on the Ducks' opening drive.Oregon earned 37 first downs against the Trojans and accumulated 730 yards in total offense. Running back Kenjon Barner, who many pundits also consider a Heisman candidate for the Ducks, gained 321 of those yards on the ground. Mariota and Barner also teamed up for 2 completions during the game for an additional 26 yards.Mariota teamed up with 7 different receivers during the game. He threw two touchdowns to wide receiver Josh Huff, including his longest of the day, a 36 yarder in the third quarter.For the season Mariota has amassed 1,787 passing yards and thrown for 22 touchdowns. He has rushed for another three touchdowns. These are impressive stats from an impressive player that some call “the Flyin’ Hawaiian.”At 9-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play, #3 ranked Oregon sits alone atop the Pac-12. Next week the Ducks travel to Berkeley to take on the California Golden Bears. They’ll be looking for another impressive win and more impressive stats out of “the Flyin’ Hawaiian.”
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