What we learned: Week 7

October, 13, 2013
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What did we learn from Oregon's 45-24 win against Washington?

The fourth quarter is not a worry: No. 16 Washington was seen as Oregon's first quality opponent, so the big media question in advance of the game was whether the Huskies would test the Ducks and make it a competitive game heading into the fourth quarter. The Ducks lead was only 31-24 entering the fourth. So yes they were tested. How did the Ducks do? They dominated, outscoring the Huskies 14-0 in the final frame. So, test passed.

QB Marcus Mariota is getting better, and that's scary: Mariota played maybe the best game of his career, completing 24 of 31 passes for 366 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions against a quality defense. He also rushed for 88 yards and a score. Without question, the performance legitimized his Heisman Trophy candidacy.

No Colt? No DAT? No problem: The Ducks kicked talented tight end Colt Lyerla off the team? They see RB De'Anthony Thomas stuck on the sidelines with an ankle injury? That's a major offensive weapon gone and another unavailable. Heck, receiver Josh Huff went down with a leg injury in the first half. No worries. The Ducks get big contributions for WR Bralon Addison and RBs Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner, and Huff makes a miraculous recover. This offense has plenty of weapons.

Ted Miller | email

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