Ducks in the championship game.
He completed 23 of 33 passes for a career-high 456 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions in the blowout win over Tennessee. He also rushed for 27 yards and a TD.
■ Oregon maintains their firm grasp in both polls at #2.
■ Rob Moseley details the Sunday teleconference with head coach Mark Helfrich. Helfrich touches on getting better, resting the veterans and clarifies the Colt Lyerla situation. Evidently Lyerla didn't like it a whole lot.
It’s been suggested that Helfrich’s preferred term, ‘circumstances,’ could lead to speculation that is unfair to players.
“I don’t think there’s any negative connotation to the word ‘circumstances,’” Helfrich said. “(But) going forward, if ‘circumstances’ is considered negative, then I’ll think of another way to say nothing.”
■ Ken Goe has been impressed with Oregon this year and especially Marcus Mariota.
■ Dale Newton gives the defense credit for their performance this year.
Nick Aliotti singled out the defensive line for a great team effort in holding their own against a big Tennessee offensive line, a concern during the week. They weren't pushed back, and made a lot of plays as a unit. Oregon's defensive line has terrific agility and athletic ability to go with their great depth, and so far this season they've succeeded in getting off blocks and making tackles rather than just tying up defenders and leaving everything to the linebackers and secondary. Aliotti noted that the challenge gets sterner in the weeks ahead. "We haven't really been tested," he said.