Well, there you have it folks! The Ducks have officially been crowned the 2014 Pac-12 Champions. Whether you were at Levi’s Stadium or watching the game on television, the most astounding aspect of this match-up was how the box score electrified each quarter for Oregon. At the end of the day the Ducks gathered 627 total yards of offense. Plus, let’s not forget about Mr. Heisman hopeful, Marcus Mariota, and his fantastic performance consisting of 346 total yards and five touchdowns both in rushing and passing. All in all, the Ducks dominated the Wildcats in almost every statistical category.
After the game, Oregon’s head coach Mark Helfrich was asked several questions regarding his team in a crowded press conference. The first question that popped up was how he felt about Mariota’s odds of winning the Heisman now after having an electrifying game. After sharing a few laughs with Mariota, Helfrich responded by saying, “If this guy isn’t what the Heisman Trophy is all about, then I’m in the wrong profession.” This just goes to show how much respect Coach Helfrich has for Mariota. In addition, he added: “If you want your son or daughter to have a role model, pick this guy.”
I don’t know about you all, but Mariota definitely personifies the characteristics of a Heisman Trophy winner. His leadership and charisma, both on and off the field, continue to demonstrate what a truly fine person he is not only to the people surrounding him but also to those of us who have watched him in games.
Helfrich was also asked if he was surprised by the team’s performance against the Wildcats. The first comment he made was that he wasn’t surprised at all. Helfrich then applauded his team by stating, “Because these guys were prepared and improved over the course of the game, it wasn’t surprising.” If anything, Oregon had one of the best performances that I’ve ever seen last night. The team played hard, played fast and played together.
All in all, we can agree that the Ducks won the day last night. Just as it’s common for a team to celebrate a huge victory, it’s also important that Oregon regroups and focuses on the College Football Playoffs and whomever they will play next.