"KVAL and ESPN are reporting that the Ducks' sensational quarterback played last night with a sprained MCL. He's wearing a brace, and the injury has limited his acceleration and mobility, placing him the unfamiliar role of a pocket passer (Bruce Schwartzman, AP photo).
For next week and perhaps the rest of the season, the third-year sophomore and Scott Frost's offense has to adjust to this new reality, and formulate a plan that maximizes the offense without Mariota's customary explosiveness and escapability. The receivers have to run shorter, crisper routes. The offensive line has to protect better. Frost can provide the qb with an outlet receiver, Marshall, Tyner or Thomas out of the backfield, to take advantage of blitzes and/or deep drops by the linebackers. Oregon's running backs have to help pick up the slack. The Ducks can incorporate the tight end into the passing game with more effectiveness."
■ Oregon announced the game against Utah at Autzen Stadium next Saturday will receive a 1:00 pm local time slot and be televised by Fox Sports 1.
■ #19 Oregon beat Georgetown 82-75 on Saturday in a season opener played at U.S. Army Base Camp Humphreys in South Korea. Joseph Young led the Ducks with 24 points.
Young, who made all 12 of his free throw attempts, and Jason Calliste, who scored 16 points and made all 11 of his free throws, led Oregon to a win before hundreds of soldiers at Camp Humphreys, a U.S. Army base south of Seoul, the country's capital.