This year's Valero Alamo Bowl marked the end of an era in several regards. The game had been turned to Mack Brown's swan song as the head man in Austin. Nick Aliotti also announced that Saturday would be the last game he led the Oregon defense.
The much maligned Oregon defense was able to bottle up the interior run and looked dominant through most of the game. Midway through the third quarter, Mack Brown pulled Case McCoy and brought in Tyrone Swoopes who was equally as ineffective and sent back to the bench.
Malcolm Brown tallied 130 yards on the ground, the largest chunk coming on a 40 yard scamper, getting Texas out of the shadow of their own goal posts but for the most part, the Texas offense was largely absent in the face of the Duck defense.
Oregon's defense scored twice in this game, the first and last touchdowns by the Ducks in their 30-7 rout of the Longhorns as Avery Patterson and Derrick Malone both made house calls off of errant Case McCoy passes.
While the defense was lights out for most of the game, Marcus Mariota kept the Oregon offense afloat and provided a headache for the Longhorn defense. Despite fighting cramps through much of the game, Mariota ran for 133 yards and threw for 253 more and a touchdown as the Ducks were able to move the ball well between the thirties.
The offense struggled to score once they got close to the red zone but were able to count on Matt Wogan who connected on 3 of 4 field goal attempts to continue piling the points on for Oregon.
Oregon jumped out to a 10-0 lead and Texas looked like they were going to make a game of it when Case McCoy ran the sneak through the middle of the line but his touchdown run would be the only points the Horns would score as the defense proved up to the task of handling a physical Texas running game.
McCoy got benched twice in the game and Swoopes came on in relief, completing only a single pass for 8 yards. Swoopes did lead the only drive which penetrated into Oregon territory, but already down 30-7 it wouldn't amount to much more than putting lipstick on a pig. The Horns' offense would stall in the red zone though and an incompletion on fourth down gave Oregon the ball back and Ayele Forde his only carries of the game as time expired.
Josh Huff, a native of Texas came up big, going over 100 yards as a receiver with a touchdown and becoming Oregon's single season record holder for most receiving yards in a season with 1140 yards this year. It's a nice sendoff to give Huff a win in his home state over the team who allegedly would not recruit him.
The win pushes Oregon to an 11-2 record and almost certainly will give them a top 10 finish. The next drama for Oregon fans will be who takes over as the defensive coordinator for the next season as Nick Aliotti retires after his last game as Oregon's DC.