Colorado opened the game with an eight-play drive covering 69 yards but as so many others have learned before, ending drives with field goals is not good enough against a team that can score at the pace Oregon does. Sure, Colorado took a 10-7 lead in the first quarter, thanks to a 75-yard touchdown pass by Paul Richardson to D.D. Goodson, but Oregon scored 21 more points before the end of the first quarter and never really looked back en route to a 57-16 victory in Pac 12 play.
Marcus Mariota continued to roll up big numbers for Oregon. The Heisman candidate threw for 355 yards and five touchdowns and he rushed for two more. Byron Marshall led the Ducks in rushing with 122 rushing yards. De’Anthony Thomas not seeing the field at all Saturday due to an ankle injury. Health should be a bit of a concern for the Ducks though. After Mariota left the game, Oregon’s offense had three turnovers. This should illustrate just how important it will be to protect the offense’s best player.
Oregon looks to continue their march to a potential Pac 12 championship and BCS Championship berth next week when they play another road game. Oregon heads to Washington next week. The Huskies will be coming off a road game at Stanford, which is being played in prime time on the west coast. There continue to be only a handful of teams in the Pac 12 that could stand in the way of the Ducks. Stanford is one, and we will find out if Washington is the second. Two other teams to keep an eye on will be UCLA and Oregon State. Both also are on Oregon’s schedule before the Pac 12 championship game. UCLA has looked very strong this season and aside from an opening weekend upset, Oregon State has looked rather explosive on offense with quarterback Sean Mannion putting up big numbers.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah