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              === Oregon routs Texas in Mack Brown's last game ===
 
 San  Antonio, TX  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Texas  did not  give  Mack Brown  the
 sendoff he deserved in his final game as head coach.
 
 Marcus  Mariota accounted  for 386 yards of offense and threw a touchdown pass
 as the No. 10 Oregon Ducks shut down the Longhorns, 30-7, in the Alamo Bowl.
 
 Brown stepped down earlier this month after 16 successful years at the helm, a
 period  in which the Longhorns totaled 158 wins, reached a BCS bowl four times
 and won the national championship in 2005.
 
 But  a mediocre four-year run continued Monday as  Texas (8-5) was held to 236
 yards  and  had no answer for  Mariota, who threw  for 253 yards and added 133
 more on the ground.
 
 Brown noted the need for improvement going forward.
 
 "We  need to  win more than eight  games," Brown said before reflecting on his
 career in Austin. "It's been a wonderful 16 years.  It's been a great ride."
 
 Unlike  Brown,  the Ducks'  retiring defensive  coordinator, Nick Aliotti, was
 gifted with a proper farewell, while Mark Helfrich became the first head coach
 at Oregon (11-2) to reach 11 wins in his first campaign.
 
 Aliotti's  bunch returned  two  Case McCoy  interceptions  for touchdowns  and
 allowed the Longhorns to cross midfield just once in the second half.
 
 Oregon  was relegated  to the Alamo Bowl after November losses to Stanford and
 Arizona dashed any chance of playing for the national title.
 
 Facing  a Texas  program playing  less than  80 yards  from campus,  the Ducks
 started  slow, as  their  potent offense  nearly went  the  entire first  half
 without scoring a touchdown.
 
 Mariota changed that with a textbook two-minute drill that sent the Ducks into
 the  break  with a 20-7 cushion.  The dual-threat quarterback, who has already
 announced  he will return to Oregon next season, ran for 33 yards on the first
 play  of the 88-yard march and capped it with a 16-yard scoring strike to Josh
 Huff.
 
 The  second half was a defensive struggle, in part because Mariota appeared to
 be struggling with cramps.
 
 Oregon  increased its lead  early in the third quarter on a 39-yard field goal
 by Matt Wogan, who hit the right upright on a 32-yard try later in the frame.
 
 Regardless,  Texas couldn't  get anything going on offense. The Longhorns went
 three-and-out  on all  three of  their possessions  in the  third, and  midway
 through  the fourth  McCoy  threw  an interception  that  was  returned for  a
 touchdown by Derrick Malone to essentially seal the outcome.
 
 "It  was a total team win," Helfrich said. "We're very happy to send (Aliotti)
 out on a high note."
 
 The  pass wound up  being the last for McCoy, whose second attempt of the game
 sailed  over  his intended receiver and  into the arms of defensive back Avery
 Patterson, who weaved his way for a 37-yard TD just 68 seconds in.
 
 The  Ducks moved deep into Texas territory their first two times with the ball
 but settled for a pair of Wogan field goals.
 
 Texas'  only sustained drive in the first half came in the opening quarter and
 lasted  over seven minutes. Malcolm Brown, who totaled 130 yards on 25 touches
 for  the game, carried most of the load, and McCoy called his own number for a
 1-yard sneak across the goal line for Texas' only score.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Aliotti  spent 17 years as the Ducks' defensive coordinator ... Oregon had its
 four-year  BCS  bowl streak snapped  this year ... The  Ducks set a new school
 record  for total  offense, passing the 7,319  yards they gained in 2011 by 26
 yards  ...  The Longhorns came in  averaging 423.1 yards this season ... McCoy
 finished  with 48  yards on  8-of-17 passing  ... Texas  had won  nine of  its
 previous 11 bowl games ... This was the second meeting between the programs in
 the past 42 yards, the other coming in the 2000 Holiday Bowl won by Oregon ...
 The last time Oregon allowed seven or fewer points in a bowl game was the 1920
 Rose Bowl -- a 7-6 loss to Harvard.
 
 
 12/31 01:32:16 ET

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