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Instant Reaction to Marcus Mariota After Week 6 Performance vs. Colorado

Sep 14, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 5, 2013

It's was a heck of a game for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, and he has added yet another terrific performance to his Heisman resume.

With 6:50 left in the third quarter, Mariota threw a 26-yard touchdown to Josh Huff to put the Oregon Ducks up 57-16 over Colorado.  It was the seventh touchdown for Mariota in the game, and this huge performance has officially put him at the top of the Heisman race.

After that touchdown, Mariota had gone 16-for-27 with 355 yards and five touchdowns through the air.  He also had 43 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries.

The Ducks decided to sit Mariota for the remainder of the game after that touchdown, deciding that the game was already well out of reach for Colorado.

A performance like this not only helps Mariota's Heisman stock, it also helps his NFL draft stock as well.  He's quickly becoming one of the most highly regarded quarterbacks in this year's draft class if he decides to go pro after this season.  

This is only the fifth game of the year, so expect a lot more from Mariota as the season continues.

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