Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota played the Stanford game with a partial sprain of the MCL in his left knee. Mariota started the game with a brace on his left knee and mostly stayed in the pocket during the first half.
Despite entering the game with a nine yd. per carry average, Mariota made no attempt to run the ball until the second half. He finished the game with -16 yards, was sacked three times and fumbled once. At one point he was even helped off the field.
Although Mariota is usually a dual threat quarterback, he had only three actual running attempts against Stanford with a long run of eight yards. The Ducks’ Heisman Trophy candidate was also very average passing, completing 20 of 34 for 250 yds. and two touchdowns.
Mariota admitted to reporters he had played in pain but downplayed the effects. When asked how much pain he was in Mariota replied, ”I don’t know. I tend to just not focus on the pain because you’ve got to play with it.”
Apparently the injury actually occurred ...