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Mariota’s career day leads Ducks to rout


September 14. 2013 11:36PM
The Associated Press



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EUGENE, Ore. — Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Oregon handed Tennessee its first loss of the season, 59-14 on Saturday.


Freshman Johnny Mundt, who replaced ailing tight end Colt Lyerla, had five catches for 121 yards and two TDs for the Ducks (3-0). Josh Huff added six catches for 125 yards and a score.


Mariota, who completed 23 of 33 passes, was the first Oregon quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in a game since Kellen Clemens in 2005. The sophomore quarterback’s yardage ties for the third-most in a game in school history.


Oregon’s sloppy play at the start — four penalties for 35 yards in the first quarter — helped Tennessee (2-1) take an early lead, but it was fleeting and the Ducks led 38-7 at halftime.


Justin Worley completed 13 of 25 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Volunteers, who opened the season with easy home wins over Austin Peay and Western Kentucky. But Tennessee could not keep up with the speedy Ducks, who had 687 yards in total offense compared to 316 for the Vols.


Oregon was the first of a tough stretch for the Volunteers and first-year coach Butch Jones: No. 18 Florida, No. 9 Georgia, No. 13 South Carolina and No. 1 Alabama are among Tennessee’s next five opponents.


Oregon’s first chance to score was Alejandro Maldonado’s 37-yard field goal attempt, which went wide left. On the next series Tennessee drove 80 yards in six plays and scored on Worley’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Jason Croom.


After Mariota’s 19-yard run got the Ducks to the Tennessee 9-yard line, a fumble and a sack pushed Oregon back to the 15. De’Anthony Thomas appeared to have a 4-yard touchdown catch on fourth down, but it was called back because of pass interference on Oregon and the Ducks settled for a 38-yard field goal by Matt Wogan.


Oregon pulled in front 10-7 before the first quarter ended with Mariota’s 16-yard pass to Mundt. Lyerla was a surprise absence, apparently because of a stomach virus.


Mariota’s 9-yard touchdown run extended the lead. During the game, the sophomore became just the fourth quarterback in Oregon history to rush for more 1,000 yards in his career.


No. 5 Stanford 34, Army 20


WEST POINT, N.Y. — Kevin Hogan threw for three touchdowns and Tyler Gaffney had two touchdowns and 132 yards rushing for Stanford.


The Cardinal (2-0) entered the game as 30-point favorites but had their hands full from the opening kickoff, falling behind 6-0 to the much smaller Black Knights (1-2).


Hogan’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Gaffney after an Army turnover gave Stanford a 27-13 lead late in the third quarter and the Cardinal averted an embarrassing moment. Army has not defeated a ranked team since a 17-14 win over No. 15 Air Force on Nov. 4, 1972.


Ty Montgomery had six catches for 130 yards and one score, while Hogan was 11 of 18 for 188 yards passing for Stanford.


Terry Baggett led Army with 96 yards rushing on nine carries.


No. 7 Louisville 27, Kentucky 13


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards for Louisville, which scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from its instate rival.


The Cardinals (3-0) forced three turnovers, including two in their territory to preserve the win.


Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 13-yard touchdown just before halftime and Perry followed with second-half TD runs of 1 and 36 yards sandwiched around John Wallace’s 21-yard field goal.


Perry finished with 100 yards on 11 carries while Bridgewater completed 16 of 28 attempts to help the Cardinals earn their third straight Governor’s Cup.


Alex Montgomery caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Whitlow and Joe Mansour kicked two field goals for Kentucky (1-2).


No.8 LSU 45, Kent St. 13


BATON ROUGE, La. — Zach Mettenberger passed for three touchdowns, Jeremy Hill ran for two and LSU easily defeated Kent State.


Hill rushed 11 times for 117 yards, all in the first two quarters, as LSU (3-0) looked sound in its final tuneup before opening Southeastern Conference play against Auburn next weekend.


Mettenberger connected with Jarvis Landry on touchdown passes of 21 and 31 yards. His other scoring pass went for 5 yards to Odell Beckham Jr.


Terrance Magee added a 12-yard scoring run.


Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon completed 20 of 29 passes for 190 yards, ran for a short touchdown and was not intercepted. However, the Golden Flashes (1-2) allowed at least 570 yards for a second straight week and never threatened after falling behind 21-0.


No. 10 Florida St. 62, Nevada 7


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston accounted for three touchdowns and Florida State’s four tailbacks all scored.


Devonta Freeman ran nine times for 109 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (2-0) and James Wilder Jr. added 45 yards and a score. Karlos Williams may have been the most impressive of the bunch. The former safety, who moved to offense after the season opener, ran eight times for 110 yards and a score. His 65-yard run made it 31-7 early in the third quarter.


Winston, who threw two TD passes in the first half, scored on a 10-yard run in the third, his final play of the day. Fourth-string tailback Ryan Green rushed five times for 78 yards and a score.


Nevada (1-2) turned Winston’s first career interception into a touchdown — backup Devin Combs found Brandon Wimberly in the corner of the end zone — but the Seminoles scored the next 59 points.


No. 13 South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 25


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Connor Shaw passed for three scores, Jadeveon Clowney forced a fumble and South Carolina withstood Vanderbilt’s rally from a four-touchdown deficit.


The win was the 13th straight at home for the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), who are tied with Georgia for the second-longest active streak in the nation. South Carolina appeared to have this one finished early, scoring on its first four possessions to lead 28-0. It still led 35-10 when it opened the second half with Shaw’s final TD pass, a 33-yarder to Brandon Wilds.


That’s when the Commodores (1-2, 0-2) threw a scare into the Gamecocks, aided by a fumbled kickoff and punt by South Carolina. Vanderbilt scored twice in a 13-second span of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-25.


No. 14 Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20


NORMAN, Okla. — Blake Bell passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start for Oklahoma.


Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs — and Jaz Reynolds had 109 yards receiving and one score for Oklahoma (3-0). The Sooners scored on their first five possessions against Tulsa (1-2) to continue their dominance in the series, having won 12 of the last 13 games between the instate rivals.


The Sooners are 13-0 against Tulsa as a ranked team and 7-0 against the Golden Hurricane since Bob Stoops became Oklahoma’s coach in 1999.


Bell, a junior, lost a preseason competition to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who bruised a knee against West Virginia. Bell, who served as a short-yardage rushing specialist the past two seasons backing up Landry Jones — was 27 of 37 passing.




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