SAN ANTONIO, TX – In Nick Aliotti’s final game as Oregon defensive coordinator, it was the Ducks’ defense that carried them to victory. Oregon limited Texas to 236 total yards and forced two turnovers (both interceptions returned for touchdowns) as the Ducks beat the Longhorns 30-7 in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Marcus Mariota shed the knee brace for the first time in over two months, and the results were extraordinary. Mariota looked like the Heisman candidate he was considered earlier in the season. The Ducks’ QB passed for 253 yards and a touchdown and also carried the ball 15 times for 133 yards. The redshirt sophomore accounted for over 82% of Oregon’s total offense en route to being named Alamo Bowl MVP. In his final appearance with Oregon, Josh Huff finished the game with five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown.
The win was Oregon’s third straight bowl victory, the first of Mark Helfrich’s career as head coach.