Originally written April 29, 2012 on Football Nation:
EUGENE, Ore — The Oregon Ducks returned to Autzen Stadium for the first time since winning the Rose Bowl last season in front of a conference-record crowd for the team’s annual spring scrimmage to honor the military. Head Coach Chip Kelly split his squad up into two teams, Mighty Oregon and the Fighting Ducks, in front of a crowd of 44, 129 with Mighty Oregon coming out on top 41-14. Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota stole the show with his three touchdowns. He led the game in rushing with 99 yards on five carries and two touchdowns, one of which was a 82-yard rush down the sideline. He also completed 18-of-26 passes for 202 yards and another touchdown. “I thought (Marcus) Mariota did a really nice job,” Kelly said. Ayele Forde, a sophomore running back from Victorville, Calif., also helped lead Mighty Oregon to the big win over the Fighting Ducks — which had Kenjon Barner, Bryan Bennett and the team’s top recruit Arik Armstead. Forde finished the game with 80 yards r...
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