The No. 2 Ducks(4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) were playing at home in Eugene, OR and were favored to win by 24-points. Led by quarterback Anu Solomon and true freshman running back Nick Wilson, the unranked Wildcats(5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) are off to a phenomenal start with their first 5-0 start since 1998.
Mariota had a look of shock after the game, but wore the loss well. When the game was over he held his head high and shook hands and congratulated the Wildcats’ players. Mariota told the media after the game that he took responsibility for the loss, although he went 20/32 with 276-yards and 2 TDs.
When asked to comment on why the Ducks lost, Mariota said:
“They’re undefeated. 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. Mariota was sacked 7 times in the Ducks’ 38-31 victory at Washington State in their previous game Sept. 20.
After just missing the BCS championship last season, this was suppose to be the year that Oregon would prove itself as an elite football program.
This season is the first year that college football is having a playoffs to advance to the championship, so, Oregon still has a chance.