Originally posted on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 9/29/13
Marcus Mariota says Thomas Tyner improves every day in practice and he's going to be a special player. Aliotti gives grudging praise to his defense, noting they only allowed one explosion play a pass for 33 yards ("on an all-out blitz, a mistake by the coordinator"). Cal's longest run was for 13 yards, and the Ducks held them, with aid from the miserable weather, to 3.4 yards per play. Mariota told a joke. He was asked if he had any family in for the game and he said his mom was here, that it was great to have her come for a game the first time this year, especially because, "she's the one who fills your refrigerator." He said it was harder to throw in these conditions but it was "Just stuff you have to deal with." "It's not an excuse." Thomas confirmed that he rolled his ankle on the opening kickoff, a tough injury to rehab in 7 short days. He'll certainly be limited at practice. The next opponent, however, is Colorado in Boulder, 2-1 after a 44-17 loss to Oregon State today. Reserve linebacker Joe Walker led the defense today with nine tackles. Derrick Malone turned another solid game with 8. All-American candidate Ifo Ekpre-Olomu had 8 tackles and an interception.
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