Ducks Improve to 2-0 with Win over Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Everybody wanted something out of the Oregon-Virginia game. The Ducks wanted a big win to show case their stuff on the East Coast. The Cavaliers wanted a win to prove that they are moving forward in the development of team. One program got what it wanted the other didn't. Oregon grabbed firm control of the game in the second half an prevailed 59-10.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) on a long run for a touchdown in the first few minutes of the first quarter as Virginia Cavaliers cornerback DreQuan Hoskey (22) defends at Scott Stadium. Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

"Our flight will feel short going back and we will start preparing for Tennessee tomorrow," said Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich. "The only thing it does when you win is give you the change to have one more. One and zero is good, two and zero is better."

Oregon fought through some sloppiness on the offensive line to the tune of clearing the way for Oregon rushers to gain 350 yards of net rushing. For the second game in a row at least two Ducks rushed for more than a hundred yards in a game.

De'Anthony Thomas led the way for the Ducks running game by going for 124 net yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns, one on a 40-yard scamper. Quarterback Marcus Mariota may have lighted up Heisman voter's eyes by rushing for 122 yards including a 71-yarder for score. Mariota also connected on 14-of-28 passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Mariota became the first UO quarterback to rush for 100 or more yards in back to back games.

"We knew they weren't going to play us like they played BYU, and they didn't," Helfrich said of Mariota's long touchdown run. "They played us completely different, and we anticipated some of that, and made some changes on the fly and our guys did a great job feeling that out."

The third leading rusher for the day was a new face – highly touted freshman running back Thomas Tyner got onto the field for the first time in his career and scored two touchdowns (one for 31 yards) after his first TD on 3-yard plunge. Dior Mathis returned the longest interception not resulting in a touchdown, when he picked off Virginia quarterback David Watford and returned it 97 yards, setting up Tyner's short run for score.

"A natural runner," Helfrich commented of his talented freshman Tyner. "I thought that zone cut on his longer touchdown was a natural cut. Either guys have that or they don't. Gary Campbell is an incredible running back coach, but you can't teach that feel, so that was amazing".

Senior Josh Huff was the leading receiver with three catches for 55 yards with a long of 31. Bralon Addison also had three catches for 54 yards and touchdown catch of 30 yards. Keanon Lowe also had three grabs for 28 yards and touchdown from Mariota.

For the game the Ducks gained 557 yards of total offense (350 rushing, 207 passing) on 69 plays from scrimmage. Virginia had 298 yards of total offense with 124 rushing and 174 passing.

"Obviously very disappointing," said Virginia's headman Mike London. "We played an excellent football team. They got on us early and in every phase. We could not stop them defensively and we struggled with interceptions."

Kevin Parks was the leading Cavalier running the ball with 60 net yards and Khalek Shepherd had 46 net yards including a 45-yard touchdown run, the only six-pointer of the game for the Cavaliers.

Quarterback David Watford was 29-for-41 for 161 yards and three interceptions. His longest completion was or 16 yards.

"Oregon is a great defense and a great team," said Watford of the game. "They're number two in the nation for a reason."

Jake McGee was the leading Cavalier receiver with eight catches for 53 yards.

Defensively, Oregon was led in tackling by linebacker Derrick Malone with 12 tackles (three solos) with half a tackle for loss. Linebacker Boseko Lokombo had seven tackles (three solos) while safety Avery Paterson had two solos including a TFL. In all the Ducks had TFLs in addition to Patterson and Lokombo from Troy Hill (half a TFL) , Wade Keliikipi (a half of a TFL which was a sack), Ricky Havili-Heimuli, two from Tony Washington (one of which was a sack), Christian French and one a half from Mathis. Oregon also had three interceptions, Terrance Mitchell, Rodney Hardrich and Mathis.

Virginia was led in tackling by Duquan Romero with eight tackles (five solos). The Cavaliers had a total of three tackles for loss though none were sacks.

Next week Oregon faces Tennessee, a 52-20 winner over Western Kentucky. For this week though, the Ducks have made believers out of everyone in Charlottesville.

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