EUGENE, Ore. — The look on Marcus Mariota's face was unmistakable: He was stunned.
Oregon's star quarterback lingered on the field late Thursday night after his team's 31-24 loss to Arizona, shaking hands with the Wildcats after they upset the heavily favored Ducks for the second straight season.
Later, he shouldered the blame for a loss that left No. 2 Oregon (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) with a tough hill to climb if it wants an invite to college football's first postseason playoff. And he credited the unranked Wildcats, who were 24-point underdogs. "They're undefeated," he said. "It's obviously a testament to our conference. If you're not prepared each week, if you're not ready to play, you'll lose."
Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost said after the game that Mariota was not 100 percent after he was sacked seven times in the Ducks' 38-31 victory Sept. 20 at Washington State.
Freshman Nick Wilson ran for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from quarterback Anu Solomon to help the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0) open the season with five straight victories for the first time since 1998.
Terris Jones-Grigsby plowed into the end zone from a yard for the tiebreaking touchdown with 2:54 left, and Arizona held on after sacking Mariota and recovering his fumble.
It was the third time since 2007 that an unranked Wildcats team upset an Oregon squad ranked in the Top 5.
Louisville 28, Syracuse 6: Brandon Radcliff ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns, and visiting Louisville had two interceptions and two safeties Friday night. The Cardinals (5-1, 3-1 ACC) are 4-0 against Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) under Bobby Petrino.
Boston college: Junior cornerback Bryce Jones, tied for fourth on the Eagles with 20 tackles, has been dismissed for violating team rules.
FIU 38, FAU 10: Cornerback Richard Leonard returned running back Jay Warren's fumble into the end zone 100 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter for host Florida International in a game delayed about two hours at halftime Thursday night in Miami because of lightning. FIU (3-3, 2-0 Conference USA) won the Shula Bowl matchup for the third time in four years after losing eight of the first nine to Florida Atlantic (2-4, 1-1).