How Texas (8-4) and 10th-ranked Oregon (10-2) got to this year’s Alamo Bowl, a week-by-week look at the Longhorns’ and Ducks’ seasons:
No. 15 Texas 56, New Mexico State 7: Texas started its season right. David Ash threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns and the Longhorns set a school record with 715 total yards, the first time Texas broke the 700-yard mark in a game.
No. 3 Oregon 66, Nicholls State 3: The Ducks set a school record for total yards themselves — 772. Quarterback Marcus Mariota accounted for three touchdowns and De’Anthony Thomas rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
BYU 40, No. 15 Texas 21: BYU quarterback Taysom Hill rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns, and the defense imploded after the Longhorns had built a 14-10 lead. Ash suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter after getting tackled on a run — a season-altering play, as it turned out. He wasn’t the only casualty in Provo: Mack Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz the following day.
No. 2 Oregon 59, Virginia 10: Thomas rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Mariota accounted for three more scores and the Ducks put up 59 points despite a time of possession of only 21:25. It was the biggest crowd at Virginia’s stadium in five years.
No. 25 Ole Miss 44, Texas 23: Ash, out with the concussion, gave way to Case McCoy (24 of 36 for 196 yards, one touchdown). Jonathan Gray rushed for 91 yards. Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace threw for 177 yards and two TDs and running back Jeff Scott rushed for 164 yards. It wasn’t a great debut for Greg Robinson’s quickly-rebuilt defense; after Texas went up 23-14, Ole Miss scored 30 unanswered points.
No. 2 Oregon 59, Tennessee 14: Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and 4 TDs, tight end Johnny Mundt had five catches for 121 yards and two TDs and Josh Huff added six catches for 125 yards and a score. Mariota was the first Oregon quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards since Kellen Clemens in 2005.
Texas 31, Kansas State 21: Ash was back, throwing for 166 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-25 passing in the first half. But that’s the last we’d see of him in 2013; trainers held him out of the second half because of a recurrence of concussion issues. McCoy would take over for the rest of the season. The defense forced three turnovers and Gray rushed for a career-high 141 yards. Linebacker Jordan Hicks (Achilles) was lost for the season.
No. 2 Oregon (3-0): The Ducks were off.
Texas (2-2): The Longhorns were off.
No. 2 Oregon 55, Cal 16: Bralon Addison returned two punts for touchdowns and Mariota threw for two touchdowns on a rainy night in Eugene. There were eight fumbles (four by each team).
Texas 31, Iowa State 30: McCoy’s 1-yard TD run with 51 seconds to play helped Texas escape with the 1-point win, which wasn’t sealed until Jackson Jeffcoat’s interception on the Cyclones’ final comeback attempt.
No. 2 Oregon 57, Colorado 16: Mariota threw for five touchdowns and added two more rushing scores before leaving the game midway through the third quarter. He finished with 355 yards and no interceptions.
Texas 36, No. 12 Oklahoma 20: Call this Texas’ best game of the season. McCoy threw for 190 yards and two TDs, Gray and Malcolm Brown both rushed for more than 100 yards, Daje Johnson had an 85-yard punt return for a TD and defensive tackle Chris Whaley had a 31-yard interception return for a TD. Bergeron fumbled early, then went into Texas’ doghouse.
No. 2 Oregon 45, No. 16 Washington 24: Mariota threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns and Oregon beat Washington for the 10th straight time, pulling away in the second half. Byron Marshall rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns, as Thomas sat out the game with a sprained ankle.
Texas (4-2): The Longhorns were off.
No. 2 Oregon 62, Washington St. 38: Mariota finished with 327 passing yards and three total touchdowns. He lost two fumbles. Thomas, still nursing the ankle, did not play; freshman Thomas Tyner ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
Texas 30, TCU 7: McCoy threw for 228 yards, Anthony Fera kicked three field goals and Gray rushed for 145 yards, but it was the defense that really shined. TCU punted on nine of its last 11 possessions and Texas forced three turnovers.
No. 3 Oregon 42, No. 12 UCLA 14: Byron Marshall rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns, Mariota passed for 230 yards and a touchdown and the Ducks got Thomas back after a three-game absence.
Texas 35, Kansas 13: Brown rushed for 119 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, defensive end Cedric Reed had two sacks and Whaley, on a fumble return, scored his second defensive touchdown of the season.
No. 2 Oregon (8-0): The Ducks were off.
Texas 47, West Virginia 40 (OT): McCoy threw for 283 yards and three TDs and the defense forced five turnovers. McCoy’s 2-yard TD pass to Alex De La Torre in overtime was the game winner, but it was linebacker Steve Edmond’s back-to-back end zone heroics (tipping away a third-down pass, and intercepting a fourth-down pass) that saved the win. But it was a costly win — both Gray (Achilles) and Whaley (knee) were lost for the season.
No. 5 Stanford 26, No. 3 Oregon 20: Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney rushed for 157 yards and the Cardinal used a time-controlling running game to hand the Ducks their first loss of the season. Mariota struggled for much of the night, but did throw two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Ducks tried to rally.
No. 12 Oklahoma St. 38, No. 24 Texas 13: McCoy threw for 221 yards, but was intercepted three times, including two that resulted in 14 OSU points. Texas led 14-10 in the second quarter, but two late touchdowns (a TD catch that first went through safety Adrian Phillips’ hands, followed by a Justin Gilbert pick-six off McCoy) to close the half, followed by an early TD on OSU’s first drive of the third quarter, changed the game.
No. 6 Oregon 44, Utah 21: Mariota, slowed by a knee brace, threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns and Thomas scored on an 86-yard kickoff return. Marshall added two rushing scores.
Texas (7-3): The Longhorns were off.
Arizona 42, No. 5 Oregon 16: Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey became the Wildcats’ career rushing leader with 206 yards and four touchdowns. It was Oregon’s second loss in three games. Mariota passed for 308 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.
Texas 41, Texas Tech 16: Brown and Bergeron (now out of Texas’ doghouse) both rushed for 100 yards, and the defense had nine sacks on Thanksgiving night, including a career-high three by Jeffcoat. McCoy threw for 139 yards and accounted for three touchdowns. Edmond was lost for the season, with a lacerated liver.
No. 13 Oregon 36, Oregon St. 35: Mariota’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Huff with 29 seconds left won the game. Oregon reached 10 wins for the sixth straight year. Mariota threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, all to Huff, who finished with a season-high 186 yards.
No. 9 Baylor 30, No. 25 Texas 10: The Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth were on the line. Brown rushed for 131 yards, but most of them came in the first half, which ended in a 3-3 tie. The Bears controlled the final two quarters in what would be Mack Brown’s final regular-season game as Texas’ coach. He resigned one week later.
No. 12 Oregon (10-2): The Ducks did not make the Pac-12 championship game.