Oregon cruises past Texas in Mack’s swansong, 30-7

Posted December 30th, 2013



Oregon has beaten Texas, 30-7.

Cameras are swarming around Mack Brown, who has just coached his final game with the Longhorns.


The Ducks, ranked 10th in the country, finish their season 11-2.

The Longhorns, who are now 10-5 in bowl games in the Mack Brown era, end their season 8-5.

Since the 2009 season that ended with the loss to Alabama in the national championship game, Texas has gone 5-7, 8-5, 9-4, 8-5.

Some final stats:

Total yards: Oregon 469, Texas 236.

First downs: Oregon 24, Texas 13.

Time of possession: Texas 31:44, Oregon 28:16.

Sacks: Texas 2, Oregon 2.

Turnovers: Oregon 0, Texas 2 (both pick-six touchdowns).

Passing: For Oregon, Marcus Mariota was 18 of 26 for 253 yards and a TD. For Texas, Case McCoy was 8 of 17 for 48 yards and 2 interceptions, and Tyrone Swoopes was 1 of 6 for 8 yards.

Rushing: For Oregon, Mariota 15-133, Byron Marshall 13-43, Thomas Tyner 6-22, De’Anthony Thomas 3-13, Ayele Forde 3-10, Josh Huff 1-1. For Texas, Malcolm Brown 26-130, Swoopes 8-38, Joe Bergeron 8-21.

Receiving: For Oregon, Huff 5-104-1, Bralon Addison 5-48, Tyner 2-25, Thomas 2-24, Marshall 2-5, Evan Baylis 1-27, Johnny Mundt 1-20. For Texas, Bergeron 2-16, Mike Davis 2-12, Kendall Sanders 2-10, Jaxon Shipley 1-8, Greg Daniels 1-8, Geoff Swaim 1-2.

Your offensive MVP: Mariota.

Your defensive MVP: Avery Patterson, Oregon safety.



There’s 8:55 left.

It’s Oregon 30, Texas 7.

This Alamo Bowl’s all but over.

Texas, pinned down at its 1-yard line after an Oregon punt, re-inserted Case McCoy into the game.

There were some boos heard among the announced crowd of 65,918 — the second-largest Alamo Bowl crowd ever.

McCoy moved Texas out to the 25, where the Longhorns went for it on fourth-and-1 (Malcolm Brown carried it for 6 yards).

But the drive ended — abruptly — when McCoy was picked off by linebacker Derrick Malone, who returned it 38 yards for Oregon’s second pick-six of the game.

Down 30-7, Swoopes is back in.



There’s 1:48 left.

Texas just dodged a bullet. Two, actually.

Oregon, driving inside the red zone, missed a 32-yard field goal attempt that would’ve given the Ducks a 26-7 lead.

On the third down play before that, Cedric Reed sacked Marcus Mariota for an 8-yard loss. Replays showed Reed might’ve committed a face mask — Mariota’s head snapped back on the tackle — but there wasn’t a flag, even though a referee stood only a few feet away.

The Ducks missed their field goal attempt, which clanked off the upright.

Of note: Case McCoy has watched Texas’ two previous drive from the sideline. Tyrone Swoopes was inserted — and the Longhorns’ first two drives with him promptly went nowhere, though he did wow the crowd with an impressive downfield throw to Mike Davis, who had a step on his defender but botched the catch.



There’s 13:06 left.

It’s Oregon 23, Texas 7.

Matt Wogan has kicked a 39-yard field goal.

Oregon got the ball to open the second half, and made quick work of it — 8 plays, 44 yards, only 1:54 off the clock.



Oregon leads Texas, 20-7.

The Ducks put up a late touchdown, scoring on a 16-yard shovel pass from Marcus Mariota to Josh Huff with 44 seconds left in the half.

Texas cornerback Duke Thomas is out for the game. He hurt his ankle a couple of drives ago.

Oregon’s drive: 7 plays, 88 yards, 1:24 off the clock.

Some first-half stats:

Total yards: Oregon 296, Texas 156.

First downs: Oregon 15, Texas 7.

Rushing: Oregon 166, Texas 125. For Oregon, Mariota has 12 carries for 132 yards. For Texas, Malcolm Brown has 18 carries for 113 yards.

Passing: Mariota’s 9 of 13 for 130 yards and a TD. Case McCoy is 5 of 12 for 31 yards and an interception.

Receiving: For Oregon, Josh Huff 3-61, Bralon Addison 2-10, Evan Baylis 1-27, De’Anthony Thomas 1-19. For Texas, Kendall Sanders 2-10, Joe Bergeron 1-11, Jaxon Shipley 1-8, Geoff Swaim 1-2.

Penalties: Oregon 5-40, Texas 2-15.

Time of possession: Texas 15:48, Oregon 14:12.



There’s 8:55 left.

It’s still Oregon 13, Texas 7.

Texas had its chance, after Anthony Fera’s punt had the Ducks starting on their own 10-yard line and a first-down false start call backed them up to the 6. And the defense delivered, with a little help from Oregon miscues.

Carrington Byndum, playing up in run support, stopped Marcus Mariota for a no-gain on a nice tackle. But on the very next play, a second-and-16, Mariota slashed right up the middle for a 19-yard run, his longest of the game (so far).

Freshman right guard Cameron Hunt was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul, creating a third-and-16 back at Oregon’s 18. Mariota threw incomplete on the play, and the Ducks punted.

Jaxon Shipley called a fair catch on the punt, and Texas will begin its drive at its own 48-yard line.



There’s 12:30 left.

It’s Oregon 13, Texas 7.

The Ducks have answered Texas’ long scoring drive with a drive of their own, capped by a 32-yard field goal by Matt Wogan, his second kick of the game.

But before that happened, Texas let a big play slip through its fingers. Literally.

After Oregon had gotten down to the 11-yard line, Jackson Jeffcoat stripped Marcus Mariota from behind. But Cedric Reed couldn’t control the recovery on the sideline, and the Ducks kept possession.

Adrian Phillips made a nice stop in the left flat after a short pass, and Matt Wogan had to kick a 32-yard field goal.

Mariota’s killing Texas. He converted a third-and-5 at Oregon’s 30 with an 11-yard pass to Thomas Tyner, then kept it for an 18-yard run on the very next play to end the first quarter.

Oregon’s drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 3:54 off the clock.

So far, Mariota has rushed for 70 yards on 8 carries, and is 4 of 5 for 61 yards through the air.

Oregon left tackle Tyler Johnstone was injured on the fumble play, and was seen being attended to on the sideline.



There’s 1:24 left.

It’s Oregon 10, Texas 7.

The Longhorns, bloodied early by 10 quick Oregon points, have answered by sticking to their original game plan: Run the ball, control the clock, keep the chains moving.

Case McCoy’s quarterback sneak has Texas right back in this game.

It was a long, methodical drive: 16 plays, 79 yards, 7+ minutes off the clock.

Along the way, McCoy made his first clutch play of the game, a zipped slant route pass to Jaxon Shipley on fourth-and-6 around Oregon’s 35. McCoy connected with Shipley for an 8-yard gain.

A couple of plays later, on third-and-2, Malcolm Brown surged ahead for 4 yards, to the 9.

On first-and-goal, Brown bulled around left side, for 7 yards, to the 2-yard line.

He fought his way to the 1 after hitting a cluster of blockers and defenders up front.

On third-and-goal, McCoy kept it up the middle for the 1-yard scoring sneak.



There’s 8:36 left.

It’s Oregon 10, Texas 0.

The first thing Texas did not want to happen — fall behind early — has happened.

The Horns are down a quick 10 points.

Oregon has just added a 25-yard field goal by Matt Wogan, capping a penalty-riddled drive that was low-lighted by a hold, a false start and a fumbled snap.

On second-and-18, after the holding call, Marcus Mariota fumbled the shotgun snap, but fell on it.

On third-and-24, dealing with deafening noise, Mariota slipped past Malcom Brown off left tackle down to the 8, a 16-yard gain.

On fourth-and-6 from the 8, Oregon kicked the field goal.



There’s 11:38 left.

It’s Oregon 7, Texas 0.

Well, that didn’t take long.

On Texas’ fourth play from scrimmage, Case McCoy’s pass to Jaxon Shipley went through Shipley’s hands and was picked off by Avery Patterson at Texas’ 37-yard line. He weaved his way for a 37-yard touchdown return.

Not a good start for Texas, obviously. The Longhorns got rush of no yards from Malcolm Brown, and then a 2-yard run that featured a holding penalty on Shipley. On second-and-18, McCoy through deep to Marcus Johnson down the left sideline, but it was incomplete.

That led to third-and-18, and the pick.

Things aren’t getting any better, down 7-0. Senior right guard Mason Walters was just flagged for a false start penalty, and Brown was stopped for a no-gain.

On third-and-9 from Texas’ 26, McCoy, under heavy pressure, connected with Kendall Sanders over the middle. But Sanders was stopped short of the first down, and Texas will punt.

Th Ducks will start their first drive of the game at their own 24.



Texas has won the toss, and the Longhorns will get the ball to start this game.

Some things to consider:

Missing Horns: Not playing in this game, because of academic ineligibility — starting right tackle Kennedy Estelle, wide receiver/tailback Daje Johnson, running back/quarterback Jalen Overstreet.

Backup left tackle Desmond Harrison also will miss the game, for personal reasons.

Linebackers Jordan Hicks (Achilles) and Steve Edmond (lacerated liver), quarterback David Ash (concussion), tailback Johnathan Gray (Achilles) and defensive tackle Chris Whaley (knee) also will miss the game, with previous season-ending injuries.

Today’s live game chat: We’re holding our last live game chat of the season, out of our Bevo Beat on And we’ll keep the chat going through the final whistle. Join us.

Pac-12 history (Advantage Texas): Pac-12 schools won the first two Alamo Bowls ever played (Cal in 1993, Washington State in 1994), but have gone 0-3 since then, as Arizona lost in 2010, Washington in 2011 and Oregon State in 2012 (to Texas).

Big 12-history (Advantage Texas): A Big 12 school has won the last five Alamo Bowls.

Oregon in bowls: The Ducks are playing in their ninth straight bowl game, and 27th overall. Oregon’s won four of its last six bowls.

Oregon streak: The Ducks have won 10 or more games six years in a row, getting their 10th win this year on the last game of the regular season. That’s tied for the seventh-longest streak in college history. Texas, by the way, won 10 or more games for nine straight years, from 2001 to 2009. That’s the second-longest streak in NCAA history.

Texas in bowls: The Longhorns have won seven of their last eight bowl games, the lone loss coming in the 2009 national championship game to Alabama. Before that loss, Texas had won a school-record 12 straight bowl games, from 1998 to 2009.

Remember the Alamo: This is Texas’ third Alamo Bowl appearance in the last eight years, after not playing in the game for the bowl’s first 15 years. Texas beat Iowa 26-24 in 2006 and beat Oregon State 31-27 last year.

Texas vs. Oregon: This will be the sixth time Texas and Oregon have played. The Longhorns are 4-1 in the series.

The last time: Texas and Oregon last played each other in the 2000 Holiday Bowl. The Ducks, who were ranked No. 8 in the country with Joey Harrington at quarterback, jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but No. 12 Texas, behind Chris Simms, answered with three touchdowns in the second quarter to lead at haltime, 21-14. A Harrington touchdown pass and a Harrington touchdown run put the Ducks up 28-21 with 9:43 left in the game, but Victor Ike’s 93-yard kickoff return tied it up. Oregon’s Jason Willis scored on a 4-yard run to make it 35-30, and Texas couldn’t rally.

About Mack Brown: This is Mack Brown’s final game at Texas. He resigned Dec. 14 after 16 seasons with the Longhorns. He’s 158-47 at Texas (.771) and 244-121-1 (.668) overall, ranking No. 10 on the all-time coaching victories list. He passed Ohio State’s Woody Hayes this season. He’s 10-4 in bowl games at Texas, with wins in seven of their last eight, and is 2-0 at the Alamo Bowl.

About Mark Helfrich: This is Helfrich’s first year as Oregon’s head coach, though he was Chip Kelly’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the previous four seasons.

This is the first time Brown and Helfrich have coached against each other.

Oregon and Texas: … the state, not the school. The Ducks have seven Texans on their roster, including two of the team’s bigger playmakers in Bralon Addison (xx) and Josh Huff (xx), who’s actually related to former UT standout Michael Huff. Huff is Oregon’s top receiver.

Top five Alamo Bowl attendances:

(1) 66, 166: 2007, Texas A&M-Penn State

(2) 65,875: 2006, Texas-Iowa

(3) 65,380: 1999, Texas A&M-Penn State

(4) 65,277: 2012, Texas-Oregon State

(5) 65,265: Oklahoma State-Ohio State

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