Virginia Drops To No. 2 Oregon, 59-10
Saturday September 7, 2013
Kevin Parks led Virginia with 60 yards rushing, Jake McGee caught eight passes in loss
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP and VirginiaSports.com) - De'Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score and No. 2 Oregon started fast and manhandled Virginia 59-10 Saturday.
The Ducks (2-0), who gained a school-record 772 yards last week in beating Nicholls State, looked capable of doing it again against a Virginia defense that hoped to keep the Cavaliers in the game. Oregon finished with 557 yards and did all its scoring while possessing the ball for just 21:25.
Virginia (1-1) got a very early look at what it was up against as Mariota dropped back on a third-and-5 in the game's opening series, then bolted up the middle untouched, going 71 yards for a touchdown.
The Ducks added a 2-point conversion and, after 1:51, the Ducks were on their way to their 16th consecutive victory on their opponent's field, the longest streak in the country.
Mariota finished with 122 yards rushing on four carries and completed 14 of 28 passes for 199 yards.
The Cavaliers trailed 21-0 after 10:32 and never were able to sustain anything on offense. David Watford was 29 for 41 for 161 yards, but threw three interceptions and fumbled once. All four turnovers led to Oregon touchdowns. Virginia's lone touchdown came on a 45-yard run by Khalek Shepherd.
Virginia came into the game riding a high after a comeback victory last week against BYU, the first since coach Mike London hired new offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators. Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta's unit, especially, seemed confident it would be able to slow the Ducks down.
Despite some early bright spots, it didn't happen.