Oregon Ducks star quarterback Marcus Mariota played Thursday’s game against the Stanford Cardinals with a sprained MCL, according to a report from ESPN’s Ivan Maisel. Mariota played the game with a brace on his left knee, and completed 20 of 34 passes for 250 yards and throwing two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the #3 Ducks (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) 26-20 loss to the #5 Cardinals (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12).
Mariota, a redshirt sophomore, is one of the leading candidates for the Heisman trophy this year and has completed 164 of his 259 pass attempts for 2,531 yards with 22 touchdowns and no interceptions on the season. Last season for Oregon, Mariota completed 230-336 (68.5%) for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdowns with six interceptions.
Although losing to the Cardinals may hurt their chances, Oregon is still in the running for a BCS Championship game berth. The Ducks face Utah in Eugene on November 16th then travel to Arizona November 23rd before a possible berth in the Pac-12 Championship game November 29.
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