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No. 2 Oregon smashes Virginia; Ohio State star QB hurt in win

Oregon Ducks receiver Bralon Addison (11) scores a touchdown as Virginia Cavaliers linebacker Henry Coley (44) defends in the second quarter at Scott Stadium.

Oregon Ducks receiver Bralon Addison (11) scores a touchdown as Virginia Cavaliers linebacker Henry Coley (44) defends in the second quarter at Scott Stadium.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ­— Oregon’s farthest trip east since 1970 was no problem.

Sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota ran for 122 yards and a touchdown and threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns to lead the second-ranked Ducks past Virginia 59-10 Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium. De’Anthony Thomas added 124 yards and three rushing touchdowns for the Ducks.

Oregon (2-0) had not traveled as far east since playing Army in 1970 but showed no signs of jet lag by scoring 21 points in the first 11 minutes.

Oregon scored first on a 71-yard touchdown run by Mariota on third down. It was the third touchdown run for Mariota on his sixth carry of the season. Oregon backup quarterback Dustin Haines ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

Oregon punted for the first time this year on its next drive, but then blocked a Virginia punt to get the ball at the Cavaliers’ 14-yard line. Three plays later, Thomas scored on a one-yard run, but the extra point was blocked as Oregon took a 14-0 lead.

Oregon’s Terrance Mitchell, who was ejected from the season-opening win over Nicholls under the NCAA’s new targeting rule, intercepted a pass and returned it to the Virginia 40-yard line. On the next play, Thomas ran into the end zone to put Oregon ahead 21-0 with 4:28 left in the first quarter.

Virginia answered with a 45-yard touchdown run by Khalek Shepherd to cut the lead to 21-7 in the final minute of the first quarter.

Oregon drove 80 yards on four plays in less than one minute to push its lead to 28-7 with 10:01 left in the first half. Thomas ran for 22 yards and caught a 28-yard pass from Mariota before Mariota threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Bralon Addison.

Virginia’s Ian Frye booted a 37-yard field goal just before halftime to get the Cavaliers within 28-10.

Alejandro Maldonado answered with a 29-yard field goal for Oregon early in the third quarter to push the Ducks ahead 31-10.

Thomas sealed the victory with an eight-yard touchdown run with 3:46 left in the third quarter as Oregon took a 38-10 lead. Following a Virginia fumble, Mariota threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Keanon Lowe. Thomas Tyner added touchdown runs of three and 31 yards for the Ducks.

Miller hurt, but Buckeyes still roll

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman calls Kenny Guiton the best backup quarterback in college football and the senior signal caller stated his case once again.

Guiton replaced Braxton Miller early in the game and proceeded to shred the San Diego State defense in the Buckeyes’ 42-7 victory before a crowd of 104,984 in Ohio Stadium on Saturday.

Miller left the game on the Buckeyes’ (2-0) first drive against the Aztecs with a sprained left knee. Although he returned to the sideline from the locker room at the start of the second quarter wearing a brace, he did not play.

“We had a long discussion on the sideline,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. “I think he could (have played). But the things that make him dangerous are his wheels and I don’t think it would have been so, so we all decided it was best not to.

“I think there’s a chance he could play next week (at California).”

Miller had rushed five yards to the San Diego State 7-yard line on fourth-and-one with 12:02 left in the first quarter. He was sandwiched between tacklers King Holder and Jake Fely as his helmet flew off. Miller was on his back for several minutes before being helped off the field and then carted away.

But his absence didn’t matter much as the Buckeyes accumulated 445 yards of total offense.

“You have to be a good enough football team that you can compete and obviously we’re not a very good football team right now,” San Diego State head coach Rocky Long said.

Guiton, an unheralded recruit from Houston, first made his mark last season when he replaced the injured Miller against Purdue and threw a touchdown pass and two-point conversion with two seconds left to tie Purdue, then guided the Buckeyes to a 29-22 overtime win en route to a 12-0 record.

Against San Diego State the senior threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Guiton finished 19-for-28 for 152 yards and added 85 yards on nine carries to help the Buckeyes to a 35-0 halftime lead. He also had a pass intercepted by Damontae Kazee in the second quarter.

“I actually wasn’t that nervous today,” Guiton said. “I prepared all week like a starter. Once I got in I took my first hit, got my first throw. After that it was just, ‘Let’s go.’”

His favorite targets were Devin Smith (seven catches, 46 yards) and Corey Brown, whose 24-yard scoring reception, his second TD of the game, made the score 42-0 with 4:34 left in the third quarter. Brown had six catches for 73 yards.

“Everybody on the team knows what we’re getting when (Guiton) comes into the game, a lot of confidence and a lot of swagger,” Brown said.

San Diego State (0-2) got on the board when backup Quinn Kaehler tossed a two-yard pass to Chad Young with 1:41 remaining in the third quarter after a chance to score on the last play of the first half failed when cornerback Doran Grant broke up a three-yard pass by Kaehler to Ezell Ruffin.

Kaehler entered on the Aztecs’ fourth possession after starter Adam Dingwell was 0-for-5 with an interception. Kaehler was 22-for-36 for 217 yards and an interception.

“It took a couple of drives to get the nerves out,” Kaehler said. “Obviously I was excited to get into the game but I really felt comfortable after two or three series.”

The Aztecs, after running 99 plays — their most since 1991 — in an opening 40-19 loss to Eastern Illinois, had 35 plays for 99 yards by halftime while the Buckeyes gained 309 yards off 37 plays.

Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17: Nathan Scheelhaase threw for four touchdowns and the host Illini benefited from a controversial replay overturn to match their win total from last season.

Munchie Legaux rushed for a team-high 52 yards and threw for 237 yards and a touchdown for the Bearcats (1-1) before he was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a serious left leg injury when he took a high-low hit from Houston Bates and Tim Kynard. Legaux was loaded into the ambulance and taken to a hospital for further observation.

Scheelhaase went 26-for-37 for 312 yards and tossed one TD pass in every quarter - all of which covered at least 22 yards - for Illinois, which went 2-10 a season ago. Donovonn Young rushed for a game-high 64 yards and a late touchdown to cap off 17 unanswered fourth-quarter points for the Illini (2-0).

Scheelhaase sandwiched first-half touchdown passes of 48 yards to Josh Ferguson and 23 yards to Evan Wilson around a 29-yard score on an end-around by Ryan Lankford as Illinois jumped out to a 21-0 lead. Legaux got Cincinnati on the board on a 1-yard TD pass to Max Morrison eight seconds before intermission.

The Bearcats trimmed the deficit to 21-10 on their first drive out of the break and Legaux appeared to score on a fourth-and-goal conversion on the next drive, but the initial touchdown call was overturned when it was ruled he fumbled the ball short of the goal line. Scheelhaase responded by leading a 12-play, 99-yard drive, capped by a 22-yard TD pass to Steve Hull on the ensuing drive.