Marcus Mariota threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns.
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Defense took a back seat as the Pac-12's top two offenses clashed in the first-ever college football game at Levi's Stadium on Friday night.
Marcus Mariota threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 6 Oregon to a 59-41 victory over California.
Mariota completed 18 of his 30 passes and threw his first interception of the season. Royce Freeman rushed for 112 yards and two scores on 22 carries for the Ducks (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12), who have won three straight games after a 31-24 setback to Arizona.
The year of running backs
Brandon Lawrence, FBS Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
We've all noticed the trend: NFL teams are more reliant on the passing game offensively than ever before, which makes the running back position more of a commodity than a necessity.
That wasn't always the case, though. Decades ago, the running game was the most effective way to move the ball down the field. But with such athletic and talented passers nowadays, it's become commonplace for the majority of downs to be passes.
The devaluation of the running back position at the highest level was epitomized in May, when the first running back taken in the NFL Draft - Washington's Bishop Sankey to Tennessee - was the lowest selection for a player at the position in the history of the draft (54th overall pick - second round).