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Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(EUGENE,Or.) -- The Oregon Ducks and head football coach Mark Helfrich have agreed to a new five-year $17.5 million contract, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

The head coach of the runner up for the National Championship will almost double his salary from $1.8 million per year to $3.5 million per year. He can also earn incentives for winning a National title as well as reaching GPA thresholds for his players.

Helfrich is 24-4 in two seasons as the Ducks head coach after taking over for Chip Kelly, who took the head job with the Philadelphia Eagles. With his new contract, Helfrich will make roughly the same amount that Kelly made in his final years as the Ducks head coach.

Under Helfrich's leadership, the university saw Marcus Mariota flourish, throwing for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns, as well as earning the school’s first Heisman Trophy.

Helfrich, 41, began his coaching career at Oregon under Mike Bellotti as a graduate assistant. He then served as quarterbacks coach for Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2005) until becoming offensive coordinator at Colorado through 2009, where he then took the same position with Oregon under Kelly.

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(2) Oregon Wins Pac-12 Championship

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Marcus Mariota scored five total touchdowns while the Oregon defense held Arizona scoreless in the first half, helping the second-ranked Ducks (12-1) to a 51-13 win in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday. The win avenges a regular-season loss to the Wildcats (10-3), which continues to be the only blemish on Oregon's record.

"There are a bunch of big smiles, and I'm proud of that," Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said. It was the first conference title for Oregon since 2011.

The Ducks were forced to settle for a pair of field goals in the first quarter before the offense began to open up. Mariota rushed for one of his three touchdowns on the ground, giving Oregon a 13-0 lead. The Heisman hopeful ran in from 4 yards out six minutes later for another score as the Ducks led 23-0 at halftime.

"This is a huge accomplishment for us," Mariota said. "Now we need to continue to improve and get better for whoever comes next."

Mariota opened the second half with a passing touchdown, connecting with Devon Allen for a 4-yard score before the Wildcats finally got on the board. A 69-yard pass from Jesse Scroggins to Cayleb Jones helped Arizona avoid a shutout, trimming the lead to 30-7, but Oregon answered with 14 straight points. 

In the fourth quarter, Kenny Bassett scored on a 19-yard run before the Ducks gave up a touchdown run as time expired. Royce Freeman dominated on the ground for Oregon, rushing for 114 yards on 21 carries despite not reaching the end zone.

Oregon has all but guaranteed themselves a berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff, with the final rankings being announced on Sunday.

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Helfrich on Arizona: 'They're Very Well Coached'

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Second-ranked Oregon will go up against seventh-ranked Arizona on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game.

Oregon leads the all-time series 24-16 and has won 16 of the last 21 meetings. Meanwhile, Arizona’s current two-game winning streak in the series is its longest since back-to-back victories in 2006-07.

"They're very well coached up front in terms of the d-line recognizing blocks and scheme," Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich said on Tuesday.

Arizona running back Nick Wilson has 15 touchdowns this season and rushed for 1,263 yards.

"They've got a little bit of a two-headed monster at tail-back as well, very productive," Helfrich said of the Wildcats running game that includes Terris Jones-Grigsby.

The Heisman Trophy finalists will be announced next week and Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota could be one of the favorites to win it.

"I wouldn't be in this position without my teammates," Mariota said on Tuesday.  "Hopefully in the end whatever the outcome is the invitation itself is just an honor."

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Civil War Preview

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Second-ranked Oregon (10-1) will travel to Oregon State (5-6) in the 118th edition of the Civil War on Saturday.

The Ducks hold a 61-46-10 advantage in the all-time series and have a 29-9-1 (.756) mark vs. the Beavers since 1975, including wins in six straight.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is coming off a three touchdown pass game in their 44-10 win over Colorado last weekend and has thrown a touchdown in all 37 games of his career.

"Somebody was talking to me the other day about how easy he makes it look sometimes," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "What he's doing is really difficult. His decision making, competitiveness, his command of the team is so outstanding. It's great to be around him because he makes you want to work harder as a coach. The other guys feed off of him."

Oregon is averaging 45.8 points per game and is allowing just 23.6 points on the defensive front.

"The Civil War's always a big game. We always talk about taking one game at a time. But we understand it's a huge part of this community and a huge part of this state," Mariota said. "To play in it, it's truly special."

The Beavers are averaging 26.3 points per game and fell to Oregon 36-35 last year.

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Ducks Ready for Utah Crowd

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Oregon) -- The fourth-ranked Oregon Ducks (8-1) will look to stay in the College Football Playoff picture this Saturday when they travel to No. 17 Utah (6-2).

Heisman Trophy candidate and Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is hoping to lead his team to their fifth straight victory.

"The atmosphere is going to be unbelievable," Mariota said of playing on the road.  "Up front defensively they're very good, they have a couple of the best pass rushers in the country, so we have to be ready for that."

Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich is preparing his team for a tough crowd at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

"The fans are very smart, very passionate, [and they have a] great student section," Helfrich said.  "You know they're going to show up and be crazy and be loud.  That's where we're going to have to be dialed in on our end of it."

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Mariota: Excited to Play in Levi's Stadium

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Oregon) -- Sixth ranked Oregon will get another test on the road when they travel to California on Friday night.

The Ducks come into the game 3-1 in the Pac-12 this season and the team is looking forward to playing in the newly built Levi's Stadium.

"It'll be exciting to play in Levi's Stadium," Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota  said Tuesday. "My brother and my dad are huge Niners fans, it'll be cool to take pictures and show them."

"Playing on a Friday night, there's not that much college games on, people will be tuning in," Mariota added. "It'll be a lot of fun."

Mariota has thrown 19 touchdowns and passed for 1,957 yards this season.

The Golden Bears are 2-3 in the Pac-12 so far this season.

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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Has A Partially Sprained MCL

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has a partially sprained MCL in his left knee, the school acknowledged on Friday.

Mariota was seen wearing a brace during Oregon's 26-20 loss to Stanford on Thursday night.  He threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, but the Ducks fell short against the fifth-ranked Cardinal.

The redshirt sophomore is known for his mobility, as he entered the game with 511 yards on 56 carries, but he rarely moved out of the pocket Thursday night.  He ran the ball just three times, finishing with minus-16 yards.  He was also sacked three times.

Asked after the game how much pain he was in, Mariota said, "I don't know. I tend to just not focus on the pain because you've got to play with it."

It is not yet known if Mariota will have to miss any time.

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(3) Oregon Romps Nicholls St. 66-3 in Helfrich's Debut

Christopher Barth/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Oregon sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for a touchdown and rushed for another two, helping No. 3 Oregon defeat Nicholls St. in head coach Mark Helfrich's Oregon debut Saturday.

Mariota finished the game without a turnover, completing 12-of-21 passes for 234 yards while rushing for 113 yards on five carries.

"He was clean and did a nice job," Helfrich said of Mariota's performance. "During the second quarter there was a stagnate play and he made sure to get after everyone in the huddle. Just shows he is progressing, taking the next step in his maturity."

The Ducks (1-0) scored early and often putting up 24 points in the first quarter. Twelve of those points were scored on two touchdown runs by running back De'Anthony Thomas. Thomas finished the day with 128 yards on 18 carries.

Nicholls State senior running back Marcus Washington had 11 catches for 92 yards in the loss.

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Mark Helfrich Named Oregon's Head Coach 

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Oregon promoted offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich to head coach Sunday.

The 39-year-old Helfrich has served the last four seasons as Oregon's offensive coordinator. He signed a five-year-deal that is worth a reported $9 million.

"It's an honor for me to be chosen as the caretaker of Oregon football," Helfrich said at a news conference. "It's a job that is certainly bigger than any one person, one player or one team. Thank you again, and go Ducks."

Helfrich becomes Oregon's third straight offensive coordinator to be promoted to the head coaching position.

He takes over for Chip Kelly who left to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly led the Ducks to four straight BCS bowl games in his four years as coach.

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