The Oregon Ducks' 30-7 trouncing of Texas in the Alamo Bowl tonight was no real surprise, given that Vegas pegged the Longhorns as two-touchdown dogs, and that Marcus Mariota is back, iffy knee and all. Mariota finished 18 of 26 for 253 yards and 133 yards rushing, his best overall game since before UCLA injured him in the Ducks' eighth game.
Oregon lost two of four after that game against the Bruins. After rushing for 493 yards on 49 carries in the first seven games, he closed with 89 yards on 32 carries in the final five games. The head injury in an ugly loss to Arizona was the capper. He went from Heisman favorite to falling out of the top 10 in the vote. A lonely nation turned its eyes toward the icky spectacle of Jameis Winston. Super Mario led his 10th-ranked team into Mack Brown's retirement party in San Antonio with nothing on the line except Duck face.