The Mack Brown era in Austin is officially over after the Oregon Ducks blew out Texas in the 2013 Alamo Bowl on Monday night, 30-7.
The Ducks struck quickly in the opening minutes with a 37-yard interception return to give them a 7-0 lead. UO added on a field goal to push the lead to 10-0, but a 16-play Longhorn drive was capped off by Case McCoy, whose 1-yard rush into the end zone cut the deficit to three. Marcus Mariota shoveled a pass to Josh Huff for a touchdown just before the half, though, giving the Ducks a 20-7 edge at the break.
It was all Oregon in the second half. Matt Wogan hit another field goal on the Ducks' opening drive of the third quarter, and a second pick-six midway through the fourth quarter put the nail in Texas' coffin. The Longhorns were missing a couple of key playmakers on offense, and it was pretty evident from the opening kickoff that they just didn't have the horses to keep up with the Ducks. As a team, UT had just 56 yards through the air and 236 yards total. Oregon had 469.
Box Score Hero:
Marcus Mariota: 18/26, 253 yards, 1 TD; 15 carries, 133 yards
Josh Huff: 5 receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD
Malcolm Brown: 26 carries, 130 yards
Rankings Ramifications: It was an impressive showing from No. 10 Oregon, and it should move up a spot or two in the final Top 25 rankings once they're released next week.
But Did They Cover? The Ducks covered the 15-point spread with ease. The over/under was set at 68 points, so those who bet low came out on top.
For More On This Game: For more on Ducks football, visit Oregon community Addicted To Quack, plus Pac-12 community Pacific Takes. For more on Horns football, visit Texas communities Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival.