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Oregon’s Marcus Mariota throws his first interception of the year (Video)

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It took over a year, 12 full games and 353 passing attempts, but Marcus Mariota finally threw an interception against Arizona on Saturday.

It took a dropped pass and an incredible effort by Arizona’s Shaquille Richardson too.

The dual-threat redshirt sophomore is a Heisman frontrunner and has been nearly flawless for the high-flying Oregon offense this year. He is considered a top-flight NFL prospect, but this INT put the Ducks in a hole early.

Mariota dropped back on first-and-10 for his first passing attempt of the day. He looked left and found an open Bralon Addison near the sideline.

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The ball, thrown accurately, popped off Addison’s body and was headed out of bounds, but Richardson followed the ball out of bounds, and in mid-air, caught the deflection and tossed it to teammate Scooby Wright, who secured the interception in-bounds. Wright then returned the ball 14 yards, giving the Wildcats great field position early in the ballgame.

The interception led to a Ka’Deem Carey touchdown run and Arizona went on to win 42-16.

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