Redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yard scoring pass to freshman Bralon Addison late in the third quarter, and No. 3 Oregon beat No. 22 Arizona 49-0 Saturday night.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly announced Friday that Marcus Mariota earned the position over sophomore Bryan Bennett, who was Darron Thomas' backup last season. Thomas left school early to declare his eligibility for the NFL draft.
Michael Ford ran for two touchdowns and Jarrett Lee admirably directed LSU's offense in place of suspended quarterback Jordan Jefferson in the fourth-ranked Tigers' season-opening 40-27 victory over No. 3 Oregon.
Kickers may get the least coaching of any college football players — often practicing off by themselves and correcting their own mistakes — but consider how different Monday night's title game would look if not for some key makes and misses this season.