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Oregon Upsets Utah, 69-58

G Fiume/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- The Ducks (20-8) pulled off a 69-58 upset of the No. 9 Utah Utes (21-5) on Sunday.

Dillon Brooks finished with 19 points and finished with 11 straight points late in the second half in the victory.

"I thought he hit big buckets for us," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "He really was aggressive taking the ball to the hole.

"We ran a couple things for him late because he did have the hot hand, and he responded pretty well."

Delon Wright finished with 22 points in the loss for Utah.

"They made plays when they needed to, and I thought they played with more energy overall," Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "They kicked our butts on the glass in the second half."

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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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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Entering NFL Draft

Banana Stock/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Oregon quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota has declared his eligibility for this year’s NFL draft. He made the announcement on the school’s website on Wednesday.

“The support I received from the university, the city of Eugene and Duck fans has been tremendous,” Mariota said in a statement. “I will always remember the great times and support I received. Once a Duck always a Duck.”

With Mariota under center, Oregon went 12-1 in the regular season, earning a bid into college football’s first playoff. In the semifinals, the Ducks beat Florida State, 59-20, but fell to Ohio State in the national championship game, 42-20.

“I will miss being with my teammates,” Mariota said. “Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure.”

Mariota finished the year with 4,454 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Ohio State Wins National Championship

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tx.) -- The Ohio State Buckeyes are the national champions of college football.

With a 42-20 victory over the Oregon Ducks on Monday, Urban Meyer's team completed their Cinderella run.

In the inaugural college football playoff, few expected the No. 40-seeded Buckeyes to contend -- they didn't make the playoff until the final week of the season with a 59-0 demolition of the Wisconsin Badgers.  After the win, they took the place of TCU.

Perhaps even more impressive was their final three games, in which they had to rely on a third-string sophomore at quarterback in Cardale Jones. He was efficient against the Ducks, completing 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown. Jones also plunged in from one yard out to give the Buckeyes a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. 

Running back Ezekiel Elliot brought his lunch pail and an extra hard hat to the game: he carried the ball 36 times for 246 yards and four touchdowns as he carved through the Ducks' defense.

The Oregon Ducks' Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota tried valiantly to keep his team in the game as he racked up 333 yards passing and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to contend with the brute force of Ohio State.

This is Ohio State's eighth national championship, and first since 2002.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/12/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football National Championship: (4) Ohio State 42 (14-1) - (2) Oregon 20 (13-2) 

NBA: Boston Celtics 108 (13-23) – New Orleans Pelicans 100 (18-19)

Houston Rockets 113 (27-11) – Brooklyn Nets 99 (16-22)

Detroit Pistons 114 (14-24) – Toronto Raptors 111 (25-12)

Orlando Magic 121 (14-27) – Chicago Bulls 114 (26-13)

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 7 (17-19-7; 41pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (27-13-4; 58pts)

Washington Capitals 2 (23-11-8; 54pts) – Colorado Avalanche 1 (18-17-8; 44pts)

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Report: Oregon Receiver Darren Carrington Suspended for Title Game

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Oregon receiver Darren Carrington has been suspended for the National Championship game against Ohio State after failing a NCAA drug test, according to multiple media reports.

Comcast Sports Northwest reports Carrington, a redshirt freshman, failed a NCAA-administered drug test for marijuana.

Oregon spokesman Dave Williford would not confirm Carrington failed the drug test but did say the receiver did not make the trip to Dallas.

Carrington has been on fire as of late. He caught seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in the Pac-12 championship game against Arizona. He also had seven catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the team's playoff win over Florida State.

In 10 games this season, the 6-foot-2 Carrington has 37 catches for 704 yards and four touchdowns.

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Oregon Dominates Rose Bowl

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(PASADENA, Ca) -- The Oregon Ducks are heading to the National Championship after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 59-20.

The game was 25-20 at halftime, but Oregon's high tempo offense was too much for Florida State's defense, which seemed to give up early in the fourth quarter. 

Florida State didn't do themselves any favors as they committed five turnovers that saw Oregon score a touchdown off of each one. None was more backbreaking than when Jameis Winston slipped on a fourth down play and lost control of the ball attempting a pass. Tony Washington scooped up the ball and ran it back 58 yards, pushing the score to 45-20. 

Marcus Mariota struggled to find a rhythm early, but found his groove and took control of the game. Mariota finished the day 26 of 36 for 338 yards and two touchdowns. He also continued to display his lethal dual-threat ability as he ran the ball eight times for for 62 yards and a touchdown. 

Fellow Heisman Winner Jameis Winston tried to keep pace with Mariota but dropped passes and fumbles would be Florida States undoing. Winston completed 29 of 45 passes for 348 yards and one touchdown as well as one interception that bounced off the hands of his receiver. 

The Ducks ended Florida State's 29-game winning streak as well as toppling the former National Champions.

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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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Oregon Flies High in the Civil War

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(CORVALLIS, Or.) -- Marcus Mariota took the Ducks to new heights Saturday as he led Oregon to a 47-19 victory over Oregon State. 

Mariota proved once again why he is one of the top quarterbacks in the country by passing for 367 yards and four touchdowns. The Heisman hopeful also ran for a pair of touchdowns. 

"All week we prepared, just picking up the tempo," Mariota said. "We wanted to play fast and played well tonight."

The Ducks racked up 565 yards of offense on the Beavers as they captured a seventh straight victory in the Civil War rivalry. 

Oregon now heads to the Pac-12 championship to face the Arizona Wildcats. The Wildcats are the only team to defeat the Ducks, handing them a 31-24 loss in Eugene back on October 2. 

"We're just going to continue to approach it just like any other game," Mariota said. 


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