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Report: Mariota talked refs out of flagging UCLA LB

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Some players look for every edge when it comes to winning a game, but it seems Heisman Trophy front runner Marcus Mariota isn’t sweating the small stuff these days.  

He just wants to play football.

Proof of the Hawaii native’s ‘hang loose’ mentality was on display in the Ducks 42-14 win over No. 12 UCLA this past Saturday, according to this report from Rob Mosely of GoDucks.com. Bruin linebacker Jordan Zumwalt was getting overly-aggressive and demonstrative against the Ducks  in the early going (see a compilation here) and had a run-in with Mariota late in the second half.

Mariota was heading out of bounds when Zumwalt crashed into him just as he stepped onto the sideline. A flag seemed imminent but, apparently, Mariota convinced the referee to ignore it.

“Anthony Barr said he heard Mariota tell refs on Saturday not to call a late hit on Jordan Zumwalt, and to let them play,” Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register reported this morning. “Earned him respect.”

Not only did Mariota apparently say something to officials, but he tapped Zumwalt on the helmet while running back inbounds, as if to say, “good job, good effort.”

It goes to show that Mariota’s poise isn’t just reflected in the fact that he hasn’t thrown an interception in a Pac-12 record 292 consecutive throws. It also shows in how he sets an example for his teammates, who responded accordingly by recording a season-low-tying five penalties against the Bruins.

“I don’t know,” Mariota told Mosely. “I just try to keep my head, and my guys did an awesome job keeping their heads. They did come after us a couple times, and for our guys to hold their character really says a lot about this team.”

It says a lot about Mariota, too. 

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16 Responses to “Report: Mariota talked refs out of flagging UCLA LB”
  1. dg0122 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:29 PM

    interesting contrast to johnny football’s moaning for a flag against auburn

  2. shaynesm says: Oct 28, 2013 6:30 PM

    Like I said in a earlier post- Mariota is not just a superb athlete, but a humble stand up guy, a overall likeable person. Mariota definately deserves the Heisman trophy at this point in the season for his attitude and skills. Go Ducks!

  3. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 28, 2013 8:04 PM

    My favorite part of this is that it would never have been found out if not for UCLA LB Anthony Barr. I was having a hard time trying to figure out how Zumwalt wasn’t getting flagged.

  4. 1990tiger says: Oct 28, 2013 9:12 PM

    This is a stupid story. I somehow doubt the refs were influenced by a player’s plea not to throw a flag against the opposing team. He got hit out of bounds. If the ref was going to throw a flag, it would have been thrown before Mariota would have had a chance to recover from the hit and “talk the ref out of throwing the flag”.

    How about this….players just play and refs just ref. Wouldn’t that be a nifty arrangement?

  5. dumbpollack says: Oct 28, 2013 9:17 PM

    I agree 100%, Tiger. I’m tired of all the “milk and cookies”. If the ref didn’t throw a flag because Marcus said “don’t”, should be fired.

  6. tigersfandan says: Oct 28, 2013 10:16 PM

    How about this… fans don’t tell refs and players (and coaches and administrators and writers and…) how to do their jobs. Nah… too sensible.

  7. tttrojan4life says: Oct 28, 2013 10:25 PM

    Leave it to that hellhole of a school- UCLA to have to get charity to compete. Whorogon should have run up the score.

  8. tigersfandan says: Oct 28, 2013 10:40 PM

    tttrojan4life says: Oct 28, 2013 10:25 PM

    Leave it to that hellhole of a school- UCLA to have to get charity to compete. Whorogon should have run up the score.
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    It is sad that people can become so ugly and hateful over something recreational like sports. It is just a game!

  9. tttrojan4life says: Oct 28, 2013 10:47 PM

    Nothing hateful at all pal.

    As a CA taxpayer, I have absolutely no desire to support UCLA- a school that puts international students and their money before CA. students who subsidize the system.

    UC sold their soul a long time ago- watching UCLA get spanked is about as “recreational” as it gets.

  10. jhop86 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:50 PM

    I don’t care if he’s as nice as tebow manziel is better if you we’re in collage and the favorite guy on campus wouldn’t you party

  11. prov1x says: Oct 28, 2013 10:56 PM

    Well, I would for sure if I was in college.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 28, 2013 11:33 PM

    dg0122 says:
    Oct 28, 2013 6:29 PM
    interesting contrast to johnny football’s moaning for a flag against auburn
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    That’s a dumb comment….

    In Mariota’s case the game was well out of hand by that time. Manziel’s non called horse collar was the 2nd to last play of a 4 point game…

  13. longborer69 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:52 AM

    This was a borderline call. I can’t blame the ref for being influenced by a player saying, “No, it was ok, let us play.” He didn’t wrap up Mariota or throw him down on that play. The contact came just a fraction after Mariota was out of bounds. It wasn’t really a dirty play. A defender in that situation is watching the ball carrier, not the sideline.

    The other stuff wasn’t borderline. Should have been penalties for taunting, at least. Refs might have lost control of that game if Oregon had responded. Interesting that it pretty much ended after that sideline play. Wonder if Barr told his teammates to cool it.

    It’s cool that Barr was the one who told the story. If Mariota was the one talking about it, you’d wonder if he was just playing a PR game. That an opponent was the one who told the media lets you know that this is just who Mariota really is.

    Manziel? We can all agree that Manziel is indeed better than Mariota at one thing — throwing to the defense. LOL.

  14. dg0122 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:17 PM

    That’s a dumb comment….

    In Mariota’s case the game was well out of hand by that time. Manziel’s non called horse collar was the 2nd to last play of a 4 point game…

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    thats weird, my comment is 80 up to 3 down and yours is 4 up 11 down

    Manziel is a ‘me me me’ guy all the way

  15. bluelinetruth says: Oct 29, 2013 2:50 PM

    LOL @ tttrojan4life

    No bias there, huh pal?

    Just another USC reject running their ignorant piehole.

  16. thekatman says: Oct 30, 2013 1:26 AM

    Hey @blueline BS…. Is this the pot calling the kettle black?
    Get a lofe and troll Obama’s blog, wher your filth can be put to use.

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