Oregon Football 2013 Bowl Capsule

Oregon Ducks


Oregon was doing exactly what everybody thought they would do for most of the year. The offense was basically unstoppable and the Ducks picked up some nice wins through September and October. And then they went to Palo Alto and were shut down by Stanford. About two weeks later the story was the same at Arizona. A 10-2 regular season is nice, but it was not what Oregon was hoping for two months into the season.

2013 Record: 10-2, 7-2
Coach: Mark Helfrich
Coach Bowl Record: 0-0

Big Wins: 10/26 UCLA (42-14), 11/29 Oregon State (36-35)
Bad Losses: 11/7 at Stanford (20-26), 11/23 at Arizona (16-42)

The offense is extremely tough to stop. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns. More impressively, he threw just four interceptions and all of those came late in the year. Receivers Josh Huff and Bralon Addison always give Mariota quality targets down field. Huff emerged as the big play receiver, catching 57 passes for 1,036 yards and 11 scores. Of course Mariota can do damage with his feet too. He finished the regular season with 582 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. The Ducks have a bevy of dangerous runner to compliment Mariota. Byron Marshall rushed for 995 yards and 14 touchdowns, Thomas Tyner added 689 yards and nine scores and De’Anthony Thomas netted 581 yards and nine more trips to the end zone. Despite not having a 1,000 yard rusher, the Ducks ranked in the top ten in rushing offense. The fast paced offense can come from anywhere.

A team that can run the ball and keep the Oregon offense off of the field can beat this team. In the loss to Stanford, the Ducks allowed 274 yards on the ground. They also only had the ball for just over 17 minutes. For a team that can score as quickly as Oregon, time of possession is a pretty meaningless statistic, but against Stanford the defense was simply worn out. The story was the same in the Arizona contest. The Wildcats totaled 304 yards on the ground and never gave Oregon much of an opportunity to mount a second half comeback. Stanford and Arizona showed the country how to beat Oregon, but not everybody has a talented running back that can cut through the Duck defense.

Statistical Leaders:
Rushing: Byron Marshall, RB, 995 yards
Passing: Marcus Mariota, QB, 3,412 yards
Receiving: Josh Huff, WR, 1,036 yards
Tackles: Derrick Malone, LB, 102
Sacks: Tony Washington, LB, 7.5
Interceptions: Terrance Mitchell, CB, 5

2013 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 278.3 (9th in nation, 1st in conference)
Passing Offense: 294.7 (20, 4)
Total Offense: 573.0 (3, 1)
Scoring Offense: 46.8 (5, 1)
Rushing Defense: 164.3 (66, 6)
Pass Defense: 216.9 (39, 2)
Total Defense: 381.3 (47, 4)
Scoring Defense: 21.6 (25, 3)
Turnover Margin: 0.7 (20, 3)
Sacks: 2.25 (48, 7)
Sacks Allowed: 1.33 (27, 2)

Recent Bowl Appearances:
2012    Fiesta Bowl        Kansas State (35-17)
2011    Rose Bowl        Wisconsin (45-38)
2010    BCS Championship    Auburn (19-22)
2009    Rose Bowl        Ohio State (17-26)
2008    Holiday Bowl        Oklahoma State (42-31)
2007    Sun Bowl        USF (56-21)

*all team stats through 11/30


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