It is tough to accumulate Heisman trophy worthy statistics when you only get to play half the game.
Just ask Oregon Ducks' quarterback Marcus Mariota. He ought to know.
The redshirt freshman from Honolulu, Hawaii has been outstanding this season for the Ducks.
But the Oregon offense is so explosive and high-scoring, that he doesn't usually get to play past the second quarter.
Their most recent Pac-12 test was no exception.
Oregon blew out the Colorado Buffaloes 70-14 to advance to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference. The Ducks are scoring more than 58 points per game. According to ESPN, the University of Oregon has now scored 30 or more points in 21 straight games.
In their eight match-ups in 2012, Oregon has always won by a more than two touchdown margin.
- 23 points over Arkansas State, 57-34.
- 17 points over Fresno State, 42-25.
- 49 points over Tennessee Tech, 63-14.
- 49 points over Arizona, 49-0.
- 25 points over Washington State, 51-26.
- 31 points over Washington, 52-21.
- 22 points over Arizona State, 43-12.
- 56 points over Colorado, 70-14.
Still, Mariota managed to throw for 136 yards and two touchdowns in limited play. He completed ten of 14 passes, including a 16-yard end zone strike to wide receiver Bralon Addison. So far this season Mariota has thrown for 18 touchdowns and 1,483 yards. He is averaging just under 186 passing yards per game.
Next week Mariota and the Ducks travel to USC. While his play remains stellar, he has yet to emerge as a major Heisman candidate. That may be due in large part to their offensive success and the limited amount of playing time Oregon’s first-string offense receives.
Imagine what impressive statistics, and Heisman buzz, Mariota could acquire if he got to play the entire game.