Mariota Leads No. 2 Oregon Over No. 16 Washington 45-24

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Thearon W. Henderson/ Getty Images(SEATTLE)  —  Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns while rushing for another as No. 2 Oregon defeated No. 16 Washington 45-24 on Saturday.

Byron Marshall added two rushing touchdowns for the Ducks, (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) who defeated their first ranked opponent of the season.

Mariota topped 300 yards passing for the sixth time in his illustrious college career.  Everytime the Huskies (4-2, 1-2) pulled within a touchdown, Mariota made the necessary plays to keep his team on top.

“We have a lot of good players,” Mariota said.  “I’m thankful for those guys we got good character guys.  They went in and they worked hard all week and we knew if we just came out and executed we’d be successful.”

Bishop Sankey led the Huskies with 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Oregon was without running back De’Anthony Thomas for the past two games as he recovers from a sprained ankle.  He suited up for the game but did not play.

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