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Postgame Notebook: No. 2 Oregon at Washington State

Sep 20, 2014

No. 2 Oregon at Washington State - Postgame Notebook

Sept. 20, 2014

Marcus Mariota extended his streak of games with at least one passing touchdown to 30 - every game of his career - which is the second-longest current streak in the FBS. He finished with five through the air.

•Mariota now has seven games of four or more passing touchdowns and three of five-plus in his career.

Keanon Lowe had a career-high 104 yards on five receptions, including a career-long 57-yard score. Lowe also scored the eventual game-winning touchdown with 5:33 left in the fourth quarter to break a 31-31 tie.

Devon Allen had two more touchdown catches, giving the redshirt freshman five on the season. The redshirt freshman had career-bests of seven catches and 142 yards. His 80-yard touchdown was also a career-long for Mariota.

Matt Pierson made his first career start, taking the opening snaps at right tackle.

•True freshman Tyrell Crosby made the second start of his career and first at left tackle.

•The Ducks forced two more turnovers, giving them eight through four games. UO has turned the ball over just once this season.

•After failing to convert a third down in the first half, UO was 5-of-8 after halftime.

•The Ducks won their ninth consecutive Pac-12 opener and sixth straight when opening Pac-12 play on the road. Oregon’s last defeat when kicking off conference play away from home came in Pullman in 1996 (55-44).

•The win snapped a two-game conference road skid dating to 2013.

Mark Helfrich is now 15-2 has the Ducks’ head coach.

•UO improved to 2-0 this season when trailing after the first quarter. The Ducks were 0-2 in that category last season.

•Mariota’s 76 career TD passes put him six behind Stanford’s Andrew Luck (2009-11) for fifth in conference history.

•Oregon won its eighth straight game in the series with the Cougars.