For the 7th straight year, Oregon will be taking the Platypus Trophy back to Eugene. In a game that Oregon controlled throughout, Marcus Mariota and the Ducks were able to survive the Beavers in Corvallis by a score of 47-19.
The game was all Oregon in the first half, with the Ducks taking a 30-3 lead into the half. The Ducks had three first quarter drives, which all ended in points. The scoring started when Mariota found Charles Nelson for a 26-yard touchdown to cap off a 9 play, 71-yard drive to open the game. After a couple of Oregon State punts and a Duck field goal, Mariota hit Royce Freeman on a screen pass for a 12-yard touchdown to put the Ducks up 16-0.
On their next drive Mariota hit Byron Marshall on a long pass over the middle of the field, and Byron Marshall made two Beaver defenders look down right silly on his way to the end zone. The end result was a 77-yard touchdown (Mariota's third of the game) and a 23-0 Oregon lead.
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After a quick three and out from Oregon State, Mariota got the ball back and wasted no time going the length of the field again. This time Mariota inflicted the damage himself, taking a read option 23 yards to the house, his fourth touchdown of the game. Oregon's first five drives ended in four touchdowns and a field goal. Not bad efficiency if you ask me.
While the Oregon offense was scoring on every drive they had, the Oregon defense looked great in the first half, really limiting Sean Mannion, Storm Woods and the Oregon State offense. Oregon State's only points came on a field goal on the last play of the half. Otherwise, this is all the Beaver offense could muster up.
The second half was a bit of a different story, with both teams keeping the ball on the ground and keeping the clock running. Oregon State opened the half up with, you guessed it, a punt. Oregon took over and marched 63 yards in seven plays and kicked a Matt Wogan field goal to extend the lead to 33-3.
Oregon State was finally able to establish a bit of a rhythm offensively, and their next two drives ate up nearly five minutes apiece and both ended in touchdowns. In between those drives was another Mariota rushing touchdown, this time from a yard out, his fifth touchdown of the game making the score 40-17.
The two teams exchanged punts on their next drives, before Mariota found Nelson again for a 27-yard touchdown. This was Mariota's last action in the game with the score now at 47-17 with just under seven minutes left. With the backups now in for both teams, the remaining six minutes were merely semantics, with Oregon getting caught for a safety for a final score of 47-19.
Mariota's (probable) final last regualar season game in a Oregon jersey was a memorable one. He threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns through the air and added 39 and two touchdowns on the ground.
With the win Oregon wrapped up the regular season at 11-1 and a Pac-12 North title. Next week Oregon will play Arizona in the Pac-12 title game in Levi's Stadium, with a bid to the College Football Playoff on the line.