Oregon 63 – 14 Tennessee Tech
The Oregon Ducks took to the field against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Saturday and did exactly what they were supposed to: win big.
While the Golden Eagles are not a bad FCS team and do have some talent on both sides of the ball, they are nowhere near the level of the Oregon Ducks or other FBS football programs. Well, that is besides Colorado, who may be the worst FBS team in the history of college football.
Tennessee Tech was the first team to strike as they recovered a punt that glanced off of De’Anthony Thomas. The Golden Eagle’s quarterback, Tre Lamb, would then connect with former Tennessee Volunteer Da’Rick Rodgers to give the visiting team a very surprising 7-0 lead.
Though they did jump out to an early lead that saw them move the ball efficiently, the Golden Eagles would have to wait until late in the third quarter to put more points up on the board.
Between those two scores, the Oregon offensive attack unleashed itself. Oregon would go onto score 49 points during that period and show the nation that there would be no consideration of an upset at Autzen Stadium.
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Mariota all day
Marcus Mariota was once again stellar against Tennessee Tech.
While he did throw his first collegiate interception, Mariota continued to showcase his deadly accurate arm as he completed 21 of 28 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns.
The young athlete also ran for 17 yards on four carries.
Byron Marshall has a game
Marshall, a touted recruit from California, has come to the Ducks looking to be one of the next big things when Kenjon Barner departs for the NFL.
All signs on Saturday pointed that he could be the real deal as he garnered 13 carries for 125 yards and one touchdown. While his carries generally came in the second half against a team that was already far behind, Marshall flashed great versatility and ability to find the open lanes.
The Oregon defensive line flashed brilliance early on in the game as they put pressure on Tennessee Tech quarterback Tre Lamb. Taylor Hart, Dion Jordan, and Issac Remington all created havoc in the Golden Eagles’ backfield en route to forcing Tennessee Tech to make mistakes and play hurried at times.
Heading into what will be competitive Pac-12 play, the Oregon Ducks will have to answer some questions surrounding how disciplined they are.
On Saturday, Oregon accumulated 12 penalties for 105 yards that will be crucial to eliminate once Pac-12 play begins.
While the Ducks did put up 63 points on the afternoon, Oregon did look sloppy at times, likely due to some of the penalties they were committing.
As with the penalties, the Ducks need to clean up this sloppy play if they want to truly contend with the best of teams in the Pac-12.