Marcus Mariota had 1:10 and one timeout in which to march the offense 60 yards while facing a six-point deficit. He used the full array of weapons at his disposal, passing to Colt Lyerla, Keanon Lowe, Josh Huff, De'Anthony Thomas and Daryle Hawkins on the drive, and getting positive rushing yardage from Thomas, Huff and Mariota himself. Rodney Hardrick had a beautiful pass breakup at the goal line on the drive's penultimate play, but Huff followed with a "touchdown" for the offense
■ Nicholls St. hopes to be more competitive than there last game against a Pac-12 team. (no chance)
■ Ted Miller wonders "who is really the best QB?" When it comes to the Pac-12 it's Marcus Mariota.
■ Bryan Holt has a BCS preview.
■ Charles Fisher wonders if all the BCS championship pices are finally in place for the Ducks.
■ Andrew Greif says Oshay Dunmore's switch to defense makes the LB corps even stronger.
■ Rob Moseley shares the new look of Autzens north side.
■ Dale Newton highlights the recruits who will be on hand for the season opener. Here is a sample:
Offensive tackle Sam Jones of the Littleton, Colorada Grizzlies is visiting Saturday when the Ducks take on Nicholls State. A 6-5, 275 pile-driver who's rated 4 stars by ESPN and 3 by the other services, Jones is a strong, agile linemen who can pull and get upfield. He can lift 435 in the squat and benches 345, picked First Team 5A All-State by the Denver Post.