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Top 25: No. 4 Oregon 63, Tennessee Tech 14

Published September 15, 2012 5:11 pm

Top 25 football • The Ducks gained 652 yards against Tennessee Tech.
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EUGENE, Ore. • Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns before No. 4 Oregon pulled its starters in a 63-14 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

Multitalented De'Anthony Thomas had 222 all-purpose yards on 10 touches. He ran for a 59-yard touchdown and caught a 16-yard scoring pass from Mariota.

The Ducks (3-0) were playing their final nonconference game before hosting Arizona next Saturday. They had 652 yards on offense compared to 177 yards for Tennessee Tech. Oregon did have its issues, however, with 12 penalties for 105 yards.

The Golden Eagles (2-1) never have defeated an FBS-level team in 28 tries. The game against the Ducks was the Ohio Valley Conference team's first against a Pac-12 opponent.

Da'Rick Rogers, who transferred to Tennessee Tech from Tennessee right before the season started, had three catches for 38 yards and the first touchdown of the game. He took a short pass from Tre Lamb and ran for a 23-yard TD.

Rogers was suspended indefinitely by Tennessee on Aug. 23. He told reporters it was because of failed drug tests.

He was a first-team all-SEC receiver in 2011 after finishing with 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns for the Volunteers. He faced Oregon when the Ducks visited Knoxville in 2010, finishing with a carry for 21 yards in Oregon's 48-13 victory.

Rogers had five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in Tech's 42-14 victory against North Greenville last week. The week before he was named Ohio Valley Conference newcomer of the week after three receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown in a win against Hampton.

The Ducks quickly answered Rogers' TD with Kenjon Barner's 1-yard scoring run and Thomas' 59-yard touchdown sprint. —