Standout freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota returned to marvelous form for the Oregon Ducks in a 63-14 victory over the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech. The 4th ranked Ducks earned 652 yards in total offense and are now 3-0.
Mariota roared out of the gate in week one with an exciting performance against Arkansas State. He stumbled a bit in week two, but still led the Ducks to a resounding win over Fresno State. This week, however, was by far his best statistical outing.
A long shot Heisman contender, Mariota threw for four touchdowns on the day, including a 16 yarder to running back De'Anthony Thomas in the second quarter. He was 21 of 28 passing for 308 yards. He averaged 11 yards per completion.
For the third week in a row the Ducks gained a commanding lead and starters like Mariota were pulled from the game early on. The first-year play caller from Hawaii has yet to show us what kind of stats he can produce when he plays a full game.
Still, he has managed to amass 674 yards in the air after three wins. For the season he is 58 of 77 for a passing percentage of 75%. He doubled his number of touchdowns this week and is now up to 8 passing TDs thus far.
One possible explanation for Mariota's impressive beginning is that the Ducks have yet to travel. All of his successful starts have been at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. He gets one more week at home when Oregon hosts Pac-12 foe Arizona next Saturday.