Ducks send Brown out with a rout

Mack Brown looks on as his final game as coach of the Longhorns ends in a 30-7 defeat to Oregon.

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Mack Brown looks on as his final game as coach of the Longhorns ends in a 30-7 defeat to Oregon.

SAN ANTONIO — No. 10 Oregon first felt overlooked by the BCS, then came to the Alamo Bowl overshadowed by Mack Brown's final game at Texas.

But the Ducks are flying home with an attention-getting blowout.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota had 386 total yards and Oregon returned two interceptions for touchdowns, spoiling Brown's emotional farewell after 16 seasons at Texas with a runaway 30-7 victory Monday night.

The BCS-snubbed Ducks (11-2) dominated throughout, even though their famously high-powered offense scored one touchdown and repeatedly settled for field goals. Yet the rout didn't seem to completely balm the sting of not playing in a BCS bowl for the first time in five years, with Oregon players after the game still reflecting on their championship hopes derailed by November losses.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich declined to answer whether this season was a success.

"That's for you to decide," he said. "I don't think in those terms. I think of how well we can prepare and what's next."

Brown received warm goodbyes from a sellout crowd in what was practically a home game for Texas (8-5). Even the school marching band spelled his name at halftime.

But the blowout was a final reminder of why Brown is resigning after a rocky and tense season at Texas, which he led to a national championship in 2005 but couldn't rescue from a sharp decline.

Leaving the field for the last time with Texas, Brown flashed the "Hook 'em Horns" hand signal to the scattered remaining Longhorns fans who stuck around to the end of another humbling loss. His players silently surrounded Brown and his wife, who walked side by side toward the locker room.

Brown said he had no regrets about making this his exit.

"I think it's best for Texas. It's best for me, it's best for the players," he said. "We need to win more than eight games. Last year was nine. I really thought we had a chance to win all the games this year. It didn't work. It's my job to make that work. I told them tonight, the only regret I had is we didn't win enough games this year."

MUSIC CITY BOWL: Bo Wallace ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Mississippi beat Georgia Tech 25-17 in Nashville for the Rebels' second straight bowl victory under coach Hugh Freeze.

Wallace, a redshirt junior quarterback and Tennessee native, made up for his three turnovers in the Egg Bowl overtime loss to Mississippi State by throwing for 256 yards and running for 86, giving him the school record for total yards and completions in a season, topping Eli Manning for both.

"I knew I needed to have a good game," said Wallace, the bowl MVP. "At the same time, I thought all day sometimes I try to make too many plays. I think all day I was thinking, 'Don't try to make too many plays. Just make the plays that are there.' That's what I did."

Ole Miss (8-5) has won six straight bowls and 10 of 11. The Yellow Jackets (7-6) have lost eight of nine bowls.

ARMED FORCES BOWL: Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds joined the 30-touchdown rushing club in a 24-6 victory over Middle Tennessee State in Fort Worth, Texas.

"It's huge. You just say the name Barry Sanders and you can stop right there," Reynolds said. "He probably was the greatest college player there was. Just to be even in that conversation with guys like that is a humbling experience. I never thought I would be in that category."

Reynolds had a 3-yard score to cap the opening drive for Navy (9-4) and added a 1-yarder in the fourth quarter. The Blue Raiders (8-5) were held to a season low in points.

PEASE TO HUSKIES: Former Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease will rejoin new Washington head coach Chris Petersen as wide receivers coach. Pease was fired Dec. 1 after the Gators completed a 4-8 season. In other Huskies news, running back Bishop Sankey said he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

ALABAMA A&M: Nevada assistant coach James Michael Spady was named head coach, replacing Anthony Jones.

OHIO STATE: Coach Urban Meyer said he may know today about the availability of All-Big Ten defensive end Noah Spence, who did not travel with the team to the Orange Bowl because of a "personal issue." The Buckeyes face Clemson on Friday night.

WAKE FOREST: New coach Dave Clawson said that defensive coordinator Mike Elko and offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero will follow him from Bowling Green.

Ducks send Brown out with a rout 12/30/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:05am]

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