Highlights: The play of the day was by receiver Darren Carrington, who went up in the back corner of the end zone and won a wrestling match for the ball with a defender. "He's one of those guys that could be a special player, and he showed why he could be with that catch today," UO quarterback Marcus Mariota said. … Jake Rodrigues and Daryle Hawkins also connected for a touchdown in the red zone, while Chris Seisay and Bronson Yim came down with interceptions. … New walk-on tight end Davasyia Hagger also had a play of the day, reaching back and making a one-handed grab during 3-on-2.
■ Gregg Easterbrook at ESPN has a really good read on the Pacific Northwest is sitting on top of the football world.
■ Evidently Mark Helfrich and Colt Lyerla have made up.
■ You'll see Oregon mentioned numerous times in the latest edition of Pac-12 stat attack.
■ Marcus Mariota is putting up some special numbers.
■ Nick Aliotti believes good just isn't good enough, the goal is to be great.
■ Victor Flores has a short Q&A session with Matt Wogan.
■ Dale Newton likes the story behind TE Johnny Mundt. Here is a sample from Dale's article:
Billy Hylla is the Central Catholic Athletic Director and defensive coordinator. When Johnny Mundt committed to Oregon in the summer of 2012, A.J. Jacobson of rivals.com gave him a call. What kind of a kid is he? Jacobson asked.
"The special thing about him as that sometimes your hardest worker isn't always your best athlete. John is the exception to that. He is a phenomenal athlete plus he's one of our toughest kids. He is our hardest worker and he is a leader. He is the complete package that you look for in a football player."