Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Heisman Trophy candidates Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas have helped the Ducks race out to a 3-0 start.
August 31 vs. Nicholls State @ Autzen Stadium
The 411: Helfrich opened his head coaching career with a gimme against FCS bottom-feeder Nicholls State. The Ducks got off to a 38-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 66-3 win that could have been much worse.
Star of the Game: Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for an easy 234 yards and a touchdown while adding 113 yards and two scores on just five carries.
Stat(s) of the Game: The Ducks had three players break the 100-yard mark in a single game for the first time in school history, en route to a school record 772 yards—500 of those yards came on the ground.
De'Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall joined Mariota in the triple digits. Thomas led the Ducks with 128 yards and two TDs. Marshall added 124 yards on just eight carries.
September 6 vs. Virginia @ Scott Stadium
The 411: The Ducks traveled to Charlottesville for their furthest game from home in decades, and the time change did little to affect their performance. Oregon tallied 557 yards of total offense, 350 of which came on the ground.
Marcus Mariota wasn't at his best through the air as he threw for just 199 yards, but he did have two TDs. He also rushed for 122 yards on just four carries, including a 71-yard scoring dash up the middle on the opening drive that set the tone for the game.
Star of the Game: De'Anthony Thomas rushed 11 times for 124 yards and three TDs, including a breathtaking 40-yard run around the edge.
Stat of the Game: Thomas Tyner, Oregon's top recruit in the class of 2013, rushed for 51 yards and two TDs on just four carries in his first college action.
September 13 vs. Tennessee @ Autzen Stadium
The 411: After getting blasted 48-13 in Knoxville during the 2010 season, Tennessee completed the home and home by being dealt their worst loss is over 100 years. The Ducks' 59-14 win could have been much worse—they actually trailed 7-3 with six minutes to go in the first quarter and then coasted with the reserves in the 4th quarter.
Star(s) of the Game: Mariota put himself right in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy by throwing for 456 yards and four TDs. He also added 27 yards and a TD on the ground.
With star tight end Colt Lyerla out with an illness, freshman John Mundt burst on the scene with five catches for 121 yards and two TDs.
Stat(s) of the Game: Mariota's 456 yards were the third most in school history. He's the first Oregon QB to surpass 400 yards since Kellen Clemens did it in 2005.
The win pushed the Ducks record vs. the SEC to 4-2 since the turn of the century.