No. 10 Oregon bowls over Texas

McClatchy news servicesDecember 31, 2013 

Quarterback Marcus Mariota had 386 total yards and No. 10 Oregon returned two interceptions for touchdowns, spoiling Texas coach Mack Brown’s farewell with a runaway 30-7 victory in the Alamo Bowl on Monday night.

The BCS-snubbed Ducks (11-2) dominated throughout even though their famously high-powered offense scored just one touchdown, when Josh Huff turned a short pass from Mariota into a spectacular 16-yard sprint to the end zone.

Brown received warm goodbyes from the sellout crowd after 16 seasons with the Longhorns (8-5).

Walking off the field for the last time, Brown flashed the “Hook ’em Horns” hand signal to the scattered remaining Texas fans who stuck around to the end of another loss this season.

Mariota led all rushers with 133 yards on 15 carries, making sure Oregon eased the sting of not playing in a BCS bowl for the first time in five years. He was 18 of 26 for 253 yards passing in his Heisman Trophy campaign tuneup for 2014. Mariota announced earlier this month he was returning for his junior season.

Yet even Mariota was outscored by Oregon’s defense — and so was Texas, for that matter.

Oregon’s first touchdown came on the third play of the game when safety Avery Patterson intercepted an overthrown pass by Texas quarterback Case McCoy and returned it 37 yards to the end zone.

HOLIDAY BOWL

Davis Webb threw for 403 yards and tied a Holiday Bowl record with four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech raced to a 37-23 victory over No. 16 Arizona State in San Diego.

Webb tied the record set by BYU’s Jim McMahon in 1980 and matched by Kansas State’s Brian Kavanagh (1995) and Texas’ Major Applewhite (2001).

The Red Raiders (8-5) won for the first time since beating West Virginia on Oct. 19. Arizona State (10-4) lost its second consecutive bowl game.

MUSIC CITY BOWL

Bo Wallace ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, and Ole Miss (8-5) beat Georgia Tech 25-17 in Nashville, Tenn. for the Rebels’ second consecutive bowl victory under coach Hugh Freeze.

The redshirt junior quarterback threw for 256 yards and ran for 86 more, giving him the school record for total yards and most completions in a season.

The Yellow Jackets had the ball at their own 20 with 4:36 to go and trailing 23-17, but a fumble on a reverse play to receiver Corey Dennis allowed right tackle Ray Beno to cover up the ball in the end zone for the safety, ending the attempted rally by Georgia Tech (7-6).

ARMED FORCES BOWL

The triple option attack of Navy proved too much for Middle Tennessee to control as the Midshipmen beat the Blue Raiders 24-6 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds led the Midshipmen (9-4) with two rushing touchdowns.

Middle Tennessee (8-5) let this one get away in the fourth quarter by allowing Navy to score on an 80-yard drive, and a turnover that led to another touchdown for the Midshipmen.

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