Two of Case McCoy’s passes resulted in touchdowns. Unfortunately for him, both were thrown to the other team.
Safety Avery Patterson intercepted an early McCoy pass (the fifth play of the game) and weaved his way through a group of Longhorns into the end zone. Just over a minute had gone by and the Ducks had a lead they’d never lack on, cruising to a 30-7 over Texas in the Alamo Bowl.
That interception was on McCoy, too. He overthrew a wide-open Jaxon Shipely, who tipped it right into the hands of Patterson.
McCoy made an even worse throw later. With 8:55 left in the fourth quarter, McCoy threw it right into the hands of linebacker Derrick Malone, who had a similar journey to Patterson’s on his way to the end zone. That basically sealed the game, as the score grew to 30-7 Ducks.
McCoy completed just 8-of-17 passes for 48 yards and two interceptions. He was also taken out of the game with 8:28 left in the third quarter. True freshman Tyrone Swoopes replaced McCoy but only played two series and went three-and-out both times. McCoy came back in but didn’t do any better and Swoopes replaced McCoy again after the interception to Malone.
The Ducks didn’t have any such issues with their quarterback. Marcus Mariota threw for 253 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions and rushed for a season-high 134 yards on 15 carries (tied for his career-high). He looked as healthy as ever, escaping the pocket to make plays with his arm and legs.
Wide receiver Josh Huff also had a huge game for the Ducks and set a school record in the process. He needed 88 yards to set the Oregon record for receiving yards in a season. He recorded 104 and added a touchdown catch and run (Mariota’s only touchdown pass of the day).
The Ducks certainly weren’t perfect. They had 11 penalties in the game, giving them 105 for the season. That’s also a school record.
They also gave up 130 rushing yards to Malcolm Brown.
The ugliest moment came with 13:31 left in second quarter, when Oregon starting tackle Tyler Johnstone looked to seriously hurt himself. He was writhing on the ground in pain, grabbing his right knee after play ended, Johnstone took his helmet off and threw it on the ground and it went rolling through a crowd of Texas defenders. Johnstone had to be helped off field and walked to the locker room in crutches. He came back to the sideline with crutches, a knee brace and street clothes. Everett Bernyard replaced Johnstone.
The Ducks recorded their 11th win of the season, the fourth straight season they’ve reached that mark. While they have plenty of issues to iron out as they prepare for the 2014 season, the Ducks had a successful season and they ended it on a very high note.