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Oregon interceptions sink Texas in Alamo Bowl

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You would think that holding Oregon to just one offensive touchdown would be enough to beat the Ducks.

Not in Monday night’s Alamo Bowl.

Oregon stole two Case McCoy passes and returned them for touchdowns and Marcus Mariota passed for 253 yards and rushed for 134 as No. 10 Oregon crushed Texas, 30-7, in Mack Brown’s last game as the Longhorn head coach.

Oregon improved to 11-2, while Texas fell to 8-5. The Ducks have now won at least 11 games in each of the last four seasons.

While much of the focus was on Brown’s exit from coaching, there was less talk about the retirement of Ducks defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti. As a fitting tribute, Oregon held Texas to just 236 total yards, including 56 in the air. Avery Patterson and Derrick Malone both had pick sixes and the Longhorns were able to convert only 6 of 17 third down conversions.

The only bright spot for Texas was running back Malcolm Brown, who rushed for 130 yards on 26 carries.

The only thing that kept Oregon from truly blowing this game open was Mariota’s knee issues. As good as he looked in the first half, his knee appeared to stiffen up in the third quarter and that seemed to limit what the Ducks could do.

Now that this game is over, Texas can start focusing on its future. Who will be the new head coach? What kind of style will the Longhorns run? This is still a team with a lot of talent, but it has lacked a sense of urgency in recent years. If the new coach can light a fire under this roster, look out.

As for the Ducks, look out for them again next season. This is still a very young team and Oregon will have most of its best talent back, including Mariota, who will be a prime Heisman contender as long as he stays healthy. With Stanford losing much of its defense, Oregon will have to be considered the Pac-12 favorite and, once again, a legitimate national title contender.

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13 Responses to “Oregon interceptions sink Texas in Alamo Bowl”
  1. cometkazie says: Dec 30, 2013 10:19 PM

    It wasn’t much of a game to watch.

    Both sides were sloppy.

    At least Oregon’s uniforms didn’t look bizarre.

  2. duklover says: Dec 30, 2013 10:37 PM

    Good game, Marcus!
    Is Mack Brown going to retire? ESPN should at least mention it.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Dec 30, 2013 10:45 PM

    It is allowable to tackle the guy that INT’s your QB twice (not once) for TWO pick sixes. I’m just surprised it wasn’t more than 30-7.

  4. realfootballfan says: Dec 30, 2013 11:22 PM

    If Texas is waiting for Jimbo Fisher, I want Charlie Strong or James Franklin in Tallahassee. Strong would be the obvious choice, plus we keep him out of Gainesville while they hold onto their horrible coach one year too long.

  5. soundsofsuccess7 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:25 PM

    Could’ve been a lot worse than 30-7.

  6. harshedmellow says: Dec 31, 2013 2:19 AM

    My Ducks looked “OK”. This was a weird year. Here’s hoping Mariota’s leg issues are not an ongoing thing; the kid is just so unstoppable when his legs are working. We’d PROBABLY have beat Stanford if his wheels had been right. As it was our read-option was worse than useless without the option part in play. Anyway. We are a bit disappointed in the season, but on paper things look good for next year and with the 4-team playoff happening, and the landscape at the top changing dramatically with Manziel, Bridgewater, and that Florida State date-rape kid leaving for the NFL… who knows?

  7. polnika says: Dec 31, 2013 2:26 AM

    Lets see Oregon was ranked 10th…..Texas was not
    rank in the top 25 team..it SHOULD HAVE BEEN WORSE! To me it looked like Texas did great job holding Oregon to 30 points. Hell they almost got beat by the Beavers…if the Beaver had NOT gone for the extra points…..which was Mike Riley’s doing they would have won….so Oregon was NOT all that good!

  8. duklover says: Dec 31, 2013 8:18 AM

    Another Duck hater gives his two bits worth. I have been watching Ducks vs Beavers for over fifty years, NEVER make a prediction on the outcome of that game.

  9. stopthemadness101 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:06 AM

    Screw Texas and their arrogant fans. Other than Vince Young your program has been mired in mediocrity for decades. I hope your attempt of a hostile takeover of another school’s head coach ends in total ruin. Your program sucks and always will.

  10. dhardy8207 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:33 AM

    Case McCoy literally threw that game away. Two major interceptions both put points on the board for the Ducks. Just didn’t look like all the players were playing in a fashion to send Mack out on a high note…

  11. gquesen says: Dec 31, 2013 9:43 AM

    Anyone else think the face ask non-call was slightly suspicious?

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 31, 2013 9:48 AM

    If you told me before the game that Oregon would only have 1 offensive TD I would have said Texas wins, probably handily…

    But the Texas offense was so bad they still lost by more than 3 TDs…..

    I saw 2 decent drives out of the Longhorns and a LOT of 3 and outs….

  13. th56 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:42 PM

    The game was far more lopsided than the score indicated. Oregon sure shot themselves in the foot time and time again in the red zone, with stupid penalties or lucky breaks for Texas. The flagrant face mask that wasn’t called killed one drive, Making Mariota sit out two plays because his helmet came off was also while his replacement moved the ball back about 10 yards killed another. The Ducks ran up and down the field at will, but they are going to have to get a handle on the mistakes in the red zone next year. This game should have been 50-7 easy.

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