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No. 2 Ducks pile points, yards on Vols

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, avoiding Tennessee’s LaDarrell McNeil, throws for a career-high 456 with four touchdowns.

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Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, avoiding Tennessee’s LaDarrell McNeil, throws for a career-high 456 with four touchdowns.

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon's Marcus Mariota had no idea he had thrown for more than 400 yards against Tennessee until he got to the locker room and teammates pointed it out.

The low-key sophomore finished with a career-high 456 yards passing, including four touchdowns, in the No. 2-ranked Ducks' 59-14 victory Saturday.

"It's pretty cool, I guess," said Mariota, who completed 23-of-33 and was the first Oregon quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in a game since Kellen Clemens in 2005.

His yardage ties for the third most in a game in school history, and it was the Volunteers' worst varsity loss since a 48-0 defeat to Mississippi State in 1910.

Justin Worley completed 13 of 25 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Volunteers, who could not keep up with the speedy Ducks, who had 687 yards in total offense.

"It's unacceptable whether you lose by two or you lose by what we lost by. We're here to win," Vols coach Butch Jones said. "It better hurt."

No. 8 LSU 45, Kent St. 13: Zach Mettenberger passed for three touchdowns, Jeremy Hill ran for two and the host Tigers easily defeated the Golden Flashes. Hill rushed 11 times for 117 yards, all in the first half, as LSU looked sound in its final tuneup before opening SEC play against Auburn next weekend. "We did what we were supposed to do," LSU coach Les Miles said. "I think the out-of-conference play will prepare us."

No. 13 S.C. 35, Vandy 25: Connor Shaw passed for three scores, Jadeveon Clowney forced a fumble and the host Gamecocks withstood a Commodores' rally from a four-touchdown deficit. The win was the 13th straight at home for the Gamecocks, who are tied with Georgia for the second-longest active streak in the nation. South Carolina scored on its first four possessions and led 35-10 when it opened the second half with Shaw's final TD pass, a 33-yarder to Brandon Wilds. But the Commodores scored twice in a 13-second span of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-25. The Commodores reached the Gamecocks 5 in the final period, but Austyn Carta-Samuels threw a goal-line interception.

No. 25 Ole Miss 44, Texas 23: Jeff Scott ran for 164 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 73-yard punt return as the visiting Rebels beat the Longhorns. Texas scored 23 straight points to grab the lead, but the Rebels rallied when Andrew Ritter kicked a 52-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and Bo Wallace directed consecutive touchdown drives in the third quarter. Scott eluded six tacklers on a touchdown return that put the Rebels ahead 37-23 late in the third.

Ark. 24, S. Miss 3: Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams made sure the host Razorbacks didn't stumble without starting quarterback Brandon Allen as they combined to rush for 231 yards. Allen injured his right shoulder on a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, left for X-rays and was replaced by junior AJ Derby. Williams had 116 yards rushing while Collins had 115, becoming the first freshman in SEC history to top the 100-yard mark in his first three games, the first player overall since Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson in 2004.

Auburn 24, Miss. St. 20: Nick Marshall hit C.J. Uzomah for an 11-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left as the host Tigers beat the Bulldogs to end a 10-game SEC losing streak. Marshall completed his first four passes for 39 yards and then ran 11 yards on third and 10 before lofting the decisive throw to the right corner. The play was reviewed, and officials ruled that the tight end was pushed out of bounds, enabling him to come back. Marshall passed for 339 yards.

No. 2 Ducks pile points, yards on Vols 09/14/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:00am]
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