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COL FB: Oregon 66, Nicholls State 3

Aug. 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM   |   Comments

EUGENE, Ore., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas combined for five first-half rushing TDs Saturday in No. 3 Oregon's record-setting 66-3 dismantling of Nicholls State.

Mariota amassed 113 rushing yards -- also going 12-of-21 for 234 passing yards and a score -- while Thomas picked up 128 yards on 18 carries for the Ducks (1-0), who amassed a school-record 772 total yards.

Some 500 of them came on the ground as Oregon, coming off a 12-1 record in 2012, got the new season off to a resounding start in the debut of Coach Mark Helfrich, who took the helm after Chip Kelly left to lead the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

Kalen Henderson completed 21-of-40 throws for 214 yards in relief of starter Beaux Hebert for Nicholls State (0-1).

Hebert left in the first quarter after absorbing a blow to the head.

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