COL FB: Oregon 57, Arkansas State 34

Sept. 2, 2012 at 2:43 AM

EUGENE, Ore., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Marcus Mariota played well in his debut behind center for No. 5 Oregon Saturday, firing three touchdown passes in the Ducks' 57-34 win over Arkansas State.

The freshman signal-caller, who won the starting quarterback job over sophomore Bryan Bennett, amassed 216 yards while pacing Oregon to a 50-3 second-quarter lead.

Bennett then took over, hurling a TD toss of his own en route to 107 yards with an interception.

De'Anthony Thomas made a pair of scoring grabs for the Ducks (1-0).

Arkansas State (0-1) was led by quarterback Ryan Aplin, who struck for 305 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted once.

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