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Oregon shows few cracks but still dominates Virginia

De'Anthony Thomas, Kwontie Moore AP

Marcus Mariota was far from great when you glance at the stat book, but that was not enough to slow down Oregon enough to give Virginia much of a chance. Oregon played their first game in the state of Virginia and took home a 59-10 victory as a memento. Surprisingly enough, it was a far from perfect performance by the Ducks but not enough to drop them in the rankings in all likelihood.

Oregon had nine penalties totaling over 100 yards, converted just two third downs, had an extra pint attempt blocked and was stopped short of the goal line on a late first half red zone opportunity. Fortunately for the Ducks, the talent and speed advantage played in their favor. Virginia controlled the time of possession with 38 minutes and change, but managed to put together just 10 points. Oregon’s fast-paced offense will often see the defense on the field for a much longer time, but how often will they be able to hold opponents to that little production?

Mariota ended his day early in the fourth quarter after completing 14-of-28 pass attempts for 199 yards and two touchdown passes. The Heisman hopeful did plenty of damage on the ground though, racking up 122 yards on four rushing attempts which included a 71-yard touchdown run up the middle of the field without being touched to open the game’s scoring. De’Anthony Thomas carried the football 11 times for 124 yards and three touchdowns and added another 28 receiving yards and 31 kick return yards.

Oregon will return home next week to host another team from a power conference. Tennessee will fly to Eugene, Oregon for the back half of a home-and-home schedule deal. Oregon visited Tennessee in 2009 and won 48-13 on their run to a berth in the BCS Championship Game. Tennessee is off to a 2-0 start this season will could face many of the same problems Virginia ran in to next weekend. Tennessee may have more speed to work with the Virginia, but the defense will have to hope to come up with some big plays to pull the upset. Tennessee came up with seven turnovers in a win against Western Kentucky, but Oregon will protect the football much better than the Hilltoppers did Saturday afternoon.

Oregon should manage to hold firm to their spot in the polls, even with Ohio State blowing away San Diego State in Columbus.

Virginia will get a week off before returning to the field. They host Virginia Military Institute in two weeks and open ACC play the following week against Pittsburgh.

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8 Responses to “Oregon shows few cracks but still dominates Virginia”
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  2. wspinden says: Sep 8, 2013 1:25 AM

    Oregon played the 2010 season for a berth in the 2011 BCS Championship, and that included the game at Tennessee.

    Also, did the writer of this article watch the game? There were too many dropped passes, blaming Mariota because you are looking at a stat sheet is far too inaccurate.

    Also, Oregon was favored by 22, but won by 49, so the “likelihood” of them dropping rank is not going to happen.

    Ohio State was favored by 29 and won by 35.

    Which would be considered the more successful game? How about traveling cross country and taking an opponent on THEIR field, and blowing the spread out of the water.

    Sorry, but this is an extremely poor and inaccurate article.

  3. wspinden says: Sep 8, 2013 1:29 AM

    Oh, and to even attempt to use time of possession against Oregon shows you have no experience covering Oregon, and most likely NCAA football.

    They almost ALWAYS have a lower time of possession than their opponent. Pointing that out as though they are doing something wrong clearly shows your lack of knowledge of Oregon.

  4. wspinden says: Sep 8, 2013 1:37 AM

    And the spelling and</b? grammatical errors!

    SERIOUSLY!?!?

  5. mrbigdog2u says: Sep 8, 2013 11:16 PM

    A couple of notes about the Oregon-Virginia game.

    It just amazes me that fans of teams playing Oregon continue to look so confused when Oregon runs roughshod over their teams. Once it was 21-0, the TV had a shot of a guy in the stands with the look on his face like “Man, Virginia is playing really badly.” Um, no, they weren’t, they were just outmatched.

    It’s like they figure “Oh it’s just Oregon. They don’t play REAL football out there.” Hint to the country: The Ducks (and the Pac-12 as a whole) are for real. You can go on underestimating (or, for those of you in Texas, “misunderestimating”) the Ducks and the Pac-12 but don’t insult us by wondering how it is that they manage to make your team look so bad.

    The ACC is nothing special. The SEC is nothing special. And, no, I’m not implying that the Pac-12 is something special – they’re not. You match up all of these teams with each other and you’re going to see a lot of teams with similar records and very few that really stand out.

    Secondly, and this is primarily for the media sports announcers, the area west of Portland, OR from whence Thomas Tyner hails is pronounced “uh-LOH’-uh”, not “uh-loh-HAH” (we’re not quite as far west as Hawaii). If anyone here uses Twitter and follows any of the media types, please pass this on.

  6. Alex Montoya says: Sep 9, 2013 2:08 PM

    Wow, a lot of sensitive Ducks fans. Yikes. My team ( LSU) never gets respect either, so I get it. mrbigdog2u says the SEC is nothing special. That is so weird, since the SEC owns the Ducks (AUBURN, LSU). Anyway. I hope the VOLS can win on 1st down against the DUCKS Offense. If the VOLS can’t force 2nd and long, then the DUCKS win. DUCKS are fun to watch.

  7. no1djkb says: Sep 9, 2013 4:21 PM

    College football is all about your best beating another conference best. Until Oregon can beat the Alabama and LSUs of the world or any other team in the SEC that is good you will always hear the talk. Remember 8 national championships in a row. It is hard to argue that

  8. mrbigdog2u says: Sep 15, 2013 9:40 PM

    I would LOVE to see the top SEC teams play the top PAC-12 teams – all of them against all of them. I think that if you were to match up Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and USC against Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, Georgia, and South Carolina – that’s 25 games – BOTH conferences would wind up with 10+ wins.

    Don’t even pretend that TWO games is meaningful in any way.

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