The stage was set for Texas to potentially pull off an upset in Mack Brown’s last game as UT head coach, but Oregon made it clear early in the first quarter that it wasn’t meant to be.
Just 1:12 into the game, Texas quarterback Case McCoy’s second passing attempt of the game was intercepted by Oregon’s Avery Patterson on a deflection and returned for a 37-yard touchdown. The pick-six set the tone for what would be a dominant performance by the Ducks on both sides of the ball in a 30-7 Alamo Bowl victory.
"I wish we'd won," Brown said after the loss. "The 158 times we've won feel a lot better than those others."
Led by standout quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Ducks offense put up 470 yards of total offense. Mariota was the star of the show as he threw for 253 yards and a touchdown while also racking up a career-high 134 yards rushing.
Despite UT running back Malcolm Brown’s best efforts (26 carries, 130 yards), the Ducks defense limited Texas to just 236 total yards and 6-of-19 on third down. McCoy had a rough night, throwing two pick-sixes and completing just 8-of-17 passes for 48 yards.
A McCoy score on a quarterback sneak kept things close briefly at 10-7 in the first half for Texas, but the Ducks closed the half with 10 straight points on a Matt Wogan field goal and a Mariota touchdown pass to Josh Huff to lead 20-7 at half time.
The second half was more of the same. Wogan was successful on a 39-yard field goal in the third quarter before the Ducks sealed the deal with another pick-six, this time from Derrick Malone.
The impressive showing from the Ducks certainly wasn’t the showing Brown hoped for in his last game at Texas. He received warm receptions from the crowd throughout the night, but the result of the game is a reminder as to why Brown was pushed out in the first place.
Brown is not sure what the future holds for him as the Longhorns look for his replacement.
“I’ll probably get up at six and try and get ready for somebody. I’ve never been here before," Brown said. "Since I’ve been here I’ve never really wanted to look back, because you want to be driven and look forward. That’s something I don’t see myself doing. But I also need to look at where we go next. What we do as a family.”
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