Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota entered Thursday night’s game against Stanford as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. However, the sophomore left Stanford with a major dent in his resume.
Mariota completed 20 of 34 passes for 250 yards and two scores. However, most of his damage came after the result was no longer in doubt.
The sophomore did not throw an interception, which extended his mistake-free streak in 2013 to 259 passes.
However, a big problem for Mariota was his mobility against Stanford’s aggressive defense. Mariota rushed for -16 yards and never seemed comfortable when trying to escape the pressure.
Was Mariota dealing with a knee injury? It seems that was the case, as reports before the game indicated the sophomore has a partial sprain of his MCL.
With over a week to heal before a home game against Utah, Mariota should be fine for next Saturday’s game against Utah.
Assuming Mariota is 100 percent, Oregon should finish 11-1 and play in a BCS bowl.