Quarterback Marcus Mariota had 386 total yards and No. 10 Oregon returned two interceptions for touchdowns, spoiling Texas coach Mack Brown’s farewell with a runaway 30-7 victory in the Alamo Bowl on Monday night.
The BCS-snubbed Ducks (11-2) dominated throughout even though their famously high-powered offense scored just one touchdown, when Josh Huff turned a short pass from Mariota into a spectacular 16-yard sprint to the end zone.
Brown received warm goodbyes from the sellout crowd after 16 seasons with the Longhorns (8-5).
Walking off the field for the last time, Brown flashed the “Hook ’em Horns” hand signal to the scattered remaining Texas fans who stuck around to the end of another loss this season.
Mariota led all rushers with 133 yards on 15 carries, making sure Oregon eased the sting of not playing in a BCS bowl for the first time in five years. He was 18 of 26 for 253 yards passing in his Heisman Trophy campaign tuneup for 2014, having announced earlier this month that he was returning for his junior season.
Yet even Mariota was outscored by Oregon’s defense — and so was Texas, for that matter.
Oregon’s first touchdown came on the third play of the game when safety Avery Patterson intercepted an overthrown pass by Texas quarterback Case McCoy and returned it 37 yards to the end zone. McCoy later bookended a dismal performance in his final game with another pick-six, this one returned 38 yards by linebacker Derrick Malone that sent waves of burnt orange-clad fans streaming for the exits.
MUSIC CITY BOWL
Bo Wallace ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, and Ole Miss beat Georgia Tech 25-17 in Nashville, Tenn. for the Rebels’ second consecutive bowl victory under coach Hugh Freeze.
The redshirt junior quarterback and Tennessee threw for 256 yards and ran for 86 more, giving him the school record for total yards in a season and most completions in a season, topping former Rebels quarterback Eli Manning for both.
Lineman Adam Gotsis knocked down a 32-yard field goal attempt by the Rebels to give the Yellow Jackets the ball at their own 20 with 4:36 to go and trailing 23-17.
But a fumble on a reverse play to receiver Corey Dennis allowed Ole Miss right tackle Ray Beno to cover up the ball in the end zone for the safety, ending the late rally by Georgia Tech (7-6).
Ole Miss (8-5) has won six straight bowl games.
ARMED FORCES BOWL
The triple option attack of Navy proved too much for Middle Tennessee to control as the Midshipmen beat the Blue Raiders 24-6 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds led the Midshipmen (9-4) with two rushing touchdowns.
Middle Tennessee (8-5) let this one get away in the fourth quarter by allowing Navy to score on an 80-yard drive, and a turnover that led to another touchdown for the Midshipmen.