Get To Know The Ducks

The national championship game is here and the Buckeyes are taking on an excellent Oregon team which earned the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff. We've compiled a collection of numbers on the Ducks to introduce you to their players and trends.

The Ducks sport the best overall record in college football this decade at 60-7 (89.6%). UO’s 81% success rate vs. top 25 opponents (17-4) is also the best in the land.

Oregon set Rose Bowl records for most yards of offense (639), points (59), points scored in a half (41) and largest margin of victory (39) in its romp over Florida State.

Mark Helfrich has never lost a neutral site game (4-0), to an AP top five team (1-0), when leading after the first quarter (18-0), when scoring first (15-0), when scoring 30-plus points (24-0), when rushing for more than 200 yards (20-0), or when posting a positive turnover margin (17-0) in his albeit short two-year head coaching career.

Royce Freeman is 33 yards away from setting a Pac-12 true freshman record, as Arizona’s Nick Wilson had 1,375 rushing yards this year as well. The redshirt freshman record was set at 1,526 yards by Oregon’s LaMichael James in 2009.

Oregon’s average margin of victory when playing top 25 teams this season is 26.5. The Ducks average against non-ranked teams is 24.1.

Of Oregon’s 84 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 41 (48.8 percent) have lasted two minutes or less. Ten other drives have lasted 2:15 or less.

Marcus Mariota is 148 yards away from becoming the first Pac-12 player with 5,000 yards in a season. Mariota has taken home the MVP award in all four postseason games of his career: 2012 Fiesta Bowl, 2013 Alamo Bowl, 2014 Pac-12 Championship Game, 2015 Rose Bowl. He is the first quarterback in major college history to throw at least 30 touchdown passes as a freshman, a sophomore and a junior.

He also owns the Pac-12’s top two streaks of passes without an interception setting a school-record 353 pass streak that ran from the end of his freshman season to his first pass at Arizona in November 2013. Mariota’s latest streak of 253 pass attempts without an interception was snapped at California.

Mariota has been sacked 29 times this season, including seven times vs. Washington State, five times a week later in the loss to Arizona, and four times each vs. Utah and Oregon State.

Byron Marshall is Oregon’s answer to Ohio State’s “H” position, as the former running back has 834 yards receiving, 383 rushing and 48 on kick returns for a total of 1,265. He leads the team with 66 catches.

It appears Devon Allen will not play because of injury, perhaps good news for the Buckeyes considering the track star has 41 grabs, seven TD catches and was an NCAA champion and U.S. national champion in the 110-meter hurdles as a true freshman.

Freshman receiver Charles Nelson has come on of late, catching 16 of his 21 grabs on the year in the last four games. His first career 100-yard game came in the Pac-12 title game when he had seven grabs for 104 yards. He also averages 15.5 yards per punt return but does not qualify for the national lead – he’d be fourth in the country with that mark – because of a lack of returns.

Senior wideout Johnathan Loyd is a four-year letterman for the Ducks’ basketball team.

First-team All-Pac-12 tight end Pharaoh Brown is out for the season because of injury, prompting wideout Dwayne Stanford to switch from No. 88 to 85 in honor of Brown.

The Ducks missing 113 catches for the title game because of suspension/injury to Brown, Devon Allen and Darren Carrington. That's three of the top five pass catchers who are out.

Offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu is set to make his 52nd career start in the title game vs. Ohio State despite missing three consecutive games before the Rose Bowl with injury.

Safety Erick Dargan is one of 17 players across FBS to lead his team in both interceptions (seven) and tackles (90), and he is the only player in that group with seven picks.

Among opponent game highs, UCLA ran for 328 net yards, 6.1 yards per carry and 31 first downs, Washington State threw for 436 yards and four TDs, and Cal racked up 560 total yards on 93 plays.

The Ducks’ longest field goal of the season is 42 yards though kickers Matt Wogan and Aidan Schneider have combined to make 16 of 19 boots.

Each of the last three times Oregon has opened the game’s scoring with a touchdown, the Ducks have gone for two. They have been successful on just one of those tries.

Oregon has scored 154 points on 30 gained turnovers, an average of more than five points gained per turnover. Ducks opponents have scored just 13 points off turnovers.

Oregon has allowed 224 plays of 10 yards or more, 125th in the nation.

The Ducks have scored 235 of 661 points in the second quarter.

Oregon has 21 bowl appearances in the last 25 seasons, a 13-15 mark all-time in postseason games and a 4-2 mark in BCS/CFP games.

Overall, freshmen have scored 38 of Oregon’s 88 touchdowns, while making nine of the team’s 16 field goals.

Oregon is the only school in the country to host ESPN’s “College GameDay” each of the past six seasons.


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