EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s Marcus Mariota had no idea he had thrown for more than 400 yards against Tennessee until he got to the locker room after the game and some of his teammates pointed it out.
The low-key sophomore finished with a career-high 456 yards passing, including four touchdowns, in the second-ranked Ducks’ 59-14 victory Saturday.
“It’s pretty cool, I guess,” he said.
Mariota, who completed 23 of 33 passes, was the first Oregon quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in a game since Kellen Clemens in 2005.
His yardage ties for the third-most in a game in school history, and he easily extended his string of at least one touchdown in all of his 16 games for Oregon. The streak is third among active quarterbacks.
Freshman Johnny Mundt, who replaced ailing tight end Colt Lyerla, had five catches for 121 yards and two TDs for the Ducks (3-0). Josh Huff added six catches for 125 yards and a score.
Oregon’s sloppy play at the start — four penalties for 35 yards in the first quarter — helped Tennessee (2-1) take an early lead, but it was fleeting and the Ducks led 38-7 at halftime.
Justin Worley completed 13 of 25 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Volunteers, who opened the season with easy home wins over Austin Peay and Western Kentucky. But Tennessee could not keep up with the speedy Ducks, who had 687 yards in total offense compared to 316 for the Vols.
Oregon was the first of a tough stretch for the Volunteers and first-year coach Butch Jones: No. 18 Florida, No. 9 Georgia, No. 13 South Carolina and No. 1 Alabama are among Tennessee’s next five opponents.
Alden Hill’s 8-yard touchdown run for Tennessee provided the final margin.
No. 25 OLE Miss 44, Texas 23: In Austin, Texas, Jeff Scott ran for 164 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 73-yard punt return, helping Ole Miss roll over reeling Texas.
Bo Wallace passed for two touchdowns and ran another for the Rebels (3-0), who led 14-0 midway through the first quarter before Texas scored 23 straight points.
The Rebels rallied when Andrew Ritter kicked a 52-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and Wallace directed consecutive touchdown drives in the third quarter. Scott eluded six tacklers on a weaving, cross-field touchdown return that put the Rebels ahead 37-23 late in the third.
Texas, which gave up 550 yards rushing a week earlier in a loss to BYU, surrendered 274 on the ground to Ole Miss.
Case McCoy started at quarterback for Texas (1-2) in place of injured David Ash. McCoy passed for 196 yards and one touchdown.
No. 13 South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 25: In Columbia, Connor Shaw passed for three scores, Jadeveon Clowney forced a fumble and South Carolina withstood Vanderbilt’s rally from a four-touchdown deficit for a Saturday night.
The win was the 13th straight at home for the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), who are tied with Georgia for the second-longest active streak in the nation. South Carolina appeared to have this one finished early, scoring on its first four possessions to lead 28-0. It still led 35-10 when it opened the second half with Shaw’s final TD pass, a 33-yarder to Brandon Wilds.
That’s when the Commodores (1-2, 0-2) threw a scare into the Gamecocks, aided by a fumbled kickoff and punt by South Carolina. Vanderbilt scored twice in a 13-second span of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-25.
The Commodores reached the Gamecocks 5 after recovering a fumbled punt in the final period, but Austyn Carta-Samuels threw a goal-line interception to Jimmy Legree.
South Carolina started at the 1 with 8:41 left after Legree was ruled to have come out of the end zone on his pick. South Carolina moved 64 yards over the next 7:46 to seal the victory.
Shaw completed 21 of 29 passes for 284 yards and also ran for 84. Bruce Ellington had eight catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. Clowney’s sack — his second this season — forced Carta-Samuels to fumble with Vanderbilt at South Carolina’s 17 early in the third quarter.
Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, who came in leading the SEC in completions and receiving yards, had his third 100-yard game of the season with eight catches for 108 yards.
Arkansas 24, Southern Miss 3: In Fayetteville, Ark., Southern Mississippi’s turnovers problems showed no signs of letting up at Arkansas.
The Golden Eagles, who entered the week last in the country with 10 turnovers through two games, committed two more on Saturday — resulting in a loss to the Razorbacks.
The loss was the 15th straight for Southern Mississippi (0-3), the longest losing streak in the country. The Golden Eagles were 0-12 last season under former coach Ellis Johnson, and they’ve now lost three straight under first-year coach Todd Monken.
Arkansas (3-0) struggled to move the ball offensively after a first-quarter injury to starting quarterback Brandon Allen. Allen injured his shoulder on a first-quarter touchdown run. He didn’t return following the play, but the Razorbacks didn’t need him.
Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams made sure of that, combining to rush for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Razorbacks.
Jalen Richard led Southern Mississippi with 94 yards rushing on 14 carries.
No. 7 Louisville 27, Kentucky 13: In Lexington, Ky., Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards and Louisville scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from rival Kentucky.
The Cardinals’ defense forced three turnovers, including two in their territory to preserve a win that required more work after easy wins over Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.
Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 13-yard touchdown just before halftime that opened things up for Louisville (3-0).
Perry followed with second-half TD runs of 1 and 36 yards sandwiched around John Wallace’s 21-yard field goal that provided a cushion.
Perry finished with 100 yards on 11 carries while Bridgewater completed 16 of 28 attempts to help the Cardinals earn their third straight Governor’s Cup.
Though Louisville was less dominant against Kentucky than its past two games, the Cardinals were effective when necessary and still outgained the Wildcats 492-376.
Alex Montgomery caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Whitlow and Joe Mansour kicked two field goals for Kentucky (1-2).
For Bridgewater, Commonwealth Stadium held special significance because it was where his career took off .
two years ago.
In that previous visit, he relieved an injured Will Stein and directed a 24-17 victory.
that helped get the Cardinals started toward consecutive Big East titles, including last season’s stunning Sugar Bowl upset of Florida.
The junior returned with Heisman hopes this season.
Bridgewater got off to a slow start as Kentucky’s defense kept him and his receivers in check for much of the first half.
He began 1 of 4 for 10 yards and had just 58 yards through one quarter, looking especially out of sync.
in throwing behind Robert Clark after the Cardinals recovered a Whitlow fumble at the Wildcats 27.