Originally written on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The Prelims are over, and they went exactly like they were supposed to. Oregon demolished five weak teams and earned a 5-0 record and a #2 ranking in the polls. Marcus Mariota emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate with 14 touchdowns passing and 7 rushing. He has not had a fumble or a pick. Saturday against the Buffaloes, Mariota passed for five scores and ran for two, the seven touchdowns setting a modern Oregon record for productivity in one game. Seven touchdowns. That's Ernie Nevers, Red Grange territory, legendary, back-of-the-Wheaties-box stuff. After the game the 19-year-old from Honolulu (his birthday is October 30th, between the UCLA and Stanford games) was his typical modest self, praising his receivers, coaches and offensive line, patiently answering that he didn't mind sitting out fourth quarters because his backups worked so hard in practice. Open range: He'd look more Heisman-like if extended his right arm in the famous stiff arm pose, but Marcus Mariota is more conce...
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