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QB Marcus Mariota
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota saw whatever lead he previously had in the Heisman Trophy race evaporate entirely after the Ducks' 26-20 loss at Stanford.
Against the best defense Mariota will face all season, the sophomore looked hesitant in the backfield and overthrew several targets—most notably wide receiver Josh Huff, who was wide open for a touchdown.
Of course, it was later reported that he has a partial MCL sprain, which would explain his inability to run the ball effectively. Still, he was unable to lead a single scoring drive in the first three quarters. And while his numbers weren't terrible, a bevy of mistakes by him and the Ducks' playmakers resulted in a 26-0 deficit with little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Mariota threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns without a pick, which still leaves him without an interception on the season. The performance, in all honesty, doesn't take him out of the race entirely. In fact, had the Ducks been the team to control the clock and run the ball, that same stat line would probably give Mariota a huge lead in the race.
But he didn't make the big plays that Heisman winners make in big games, and for that, he takes a major step back in the race.