Alamo Bowl 2013 Oregon vs. Texas: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Ducks

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIDecember 30, 2013

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 29:  Evan Bayliss #32 of the Oregon Ducks guards Jabral Johnson #44 of the Oregon State Beavers during the 117th playing of the Civil War on Novemeber 29, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The Oregon Ducks dominated all game as they beat the Texas Longhorns in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Final: Oregon 30, Texas 7

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Oregon Ducks Game Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseB-B+
Rush OffenseB+B
Pass DefenseA-A+
Rush DefenseC-C+
Special TeamsB-B-
vs. Texas Longhorns

Final Analysis for Oregon Ducks

Pass Offense: Marcus Mariota finished 18-of-26 for 253 yards and one touchdown. The second half saw Mariota throw the ball more as it seemed he wasn't comfortable running it. Regardless, he made the necessary throws to help the Ducks win.

Rush Offense: Oregon totaled 217 yards on the ground, with Mariota's 134 yards on 15 carries leading the way. Oregon's speed was on display in the game and there was nothing Texas could do about it.

Pass Defense: The Ducks had two interceptions that went back for touchdowns. Avery Patterson and Derrick Malone both had picks as the Ducks held Texas to 56 yards passing between quarterbacks Case McCoy and Tyrone Swoopes.

Rush Defense: The Longhorns finished with 180 yards on the ground. Malcolm Brown had 130 yards, but Oregon limited him to 17 yards in the second half, taking control and not looking back.

Special Teams: Matt Wogan made three of four field goals with a long of 39. Alejandro Maldonado had a sub-par punting performance, averaging 38.3 yards per punt.

Coaching: The second half was much better for the Oregon coaching staff as they put the Ducks in position to pick up the win.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 30: Linebacker Derrick Malone #22 celebrates a pick six with defensive end Tony Washington #91 of the Oregon Ducks against the Texas Longhorns during the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome on December 30, 2013 in San Antonio, Te
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First-Half Analysis for Oregon Ducks

Pass Offense: Marcus Mariota finished 9-of-13 for 130 yards, including a 16-yard shovel pass for a touchdown before halftime. Mariota has done more with his legs and the Longhorns are being forced to respect that.

Rush Offense: Mariota rushed for 132 yards, frustrating the Longhorns throughout the first half. As long as he continues to run at will, Oregon will have no problem scoring points. Watch for Mariota to continue to use his legs.

Pass Defense: Oregon's defense got things going on Texas' first drive as Avery Patterson had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown. Case McCoy has completed five of 12 passes for 31 yards.

Rush Defense: Malcolm Brown has run all over the Oregon defense thus far, rushing for 113 yards on 18 carries. The one positive takeaway is the Ducks have kept him out of the end zone.

Special Teams: Matt Wogan has field goals of 25 and 33 yards, converting on both of his opportunities. No mistakes have been made, which is key if the Ducks are going to continue to stay on top.

Coaching: While Oregon continues to play up-tempo, Texas is making key stops on defense, forcing the Ducks to settle for field goals. This game should be as close as it is.