The Oregon Ducks flexed their muscles in a 46-27 victory over the Michigan State Spartans. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes.
No. 3 Oregon was looking to shed its soft label by beating a physical team, and they received another opportunity to do so against No. 7 Michigan State. They took full advantage of it and beat the Spartans, 46-27.
The Ducks had taken an 18-7 lead in the second quarter before the Spartans stormed back to take a 24-18 lead before halftime. The Spartans then extended their lead to 27-18 in the third quarter. However, the Ducks scored four consecutive touchdowns to close out the game.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota made a strong case for the Heisman Trophy with a signature win and threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns on 17-of-28 passing. He also added another 42 yards on the ground.
Freshman running back Royce Freeman led the Ducks in rushing with 89 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Redshirt freshman Devon Allen led the team in receiving with 110 yards on three receptions, including a 70-yard touchdown.
For the Spartans, quarterback Connor Cook threw for 343 yards on 29-of-47 passing and added two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Running back Jeremy Langford rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, and Tony Lippett led the Spartans receivers with 113 yards and a touchdown.