Malcolm Brown ran for 130 yards and Texas limited No. 10/12 Oregon to one offensive touchdown, but Marcus Mariota accounted for 386 yards and the Ducks scored twice on defense in a 30-7 win in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Playing in the final game under head coach Mack Brown, Texas limited the No. 3 scoring offense in the nation to just 16 points. But Oregon intercepted quarterback Case McCoy twice and returned both for interceptions.
Mariota completed 18 of 26 passes for 253 and a touchdown and rushed 15 times for 133 yards. The Ducks totaled 469 yards of offense, while the Longhorns had 236 – 180 of those on the ground.
Brown carried the load in the first half, rushing 18 times for 113 yards. But the Longhorns found themselves in an early hole after McCoy had his third-and-18 pass deflect off the hands of Jaxon Shipley and into Oregon's Avery Patterson's, who returned it 37 yards for a touchdown, on the game's opening drive.
On their next possession, the Ducks tacked on a 25-yard field goal from Matt Wogan for a 10-0 lead with 8:36 left in the first quarter.
Texas, though, responded with a 16-play, 79-yard drive that took 7:12 off the clock. The drive featured 13 runs, but also two important pass plays, with McCoy hitting Shipley for eight yards on a fourth-and-7 to extend the drive, and following with an 11-yard completion to Joe Bergeron.
McCoy finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal. Brown, who carried it 13 times for 60 yards in the first quarter, had nine rushes for 52 yards on the touchdown drive.
Despite surrendering 296 yards in the first half, the Texas defense stiffened in the red zone and kept the game within reach. Oregon drove 60 yards on 10 plays on its possession following the Longhorns' touchdown, but Jackson Jeffcoat had a key sack and the Ducks were forced to settle for a 32-yard field goal from Wogan.
Texas then forced the Ducks to punt on their next two possessions, allowing just 40 yards on 12 plays.
Oregon, though, went on a 7-play, 88-yard drive in just 1:24 to take a 20-7 lead just before halftime. Mariota accounted for 76 yards on the drive, 43 coming through the air and 33 on the ground.
On the opening drive of the second half Oregon tacked on another field goal for a 23-7 lead, and the Texas offense was unable to put together a scoring drive.
With 8:55 left in the fourth quarter, Oregon's Derrick Malone intercepted McCoy and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to complete the scoring.
McCoy finished the game 8 of 17 for 48 yards, while Tyrone Swoopes, who saw time in the second half, was 1 of 6 for 8 yards. The freshman rushed eight times for 38 yards with a career-long 26-yard run.
Brown ends his run of 16 years at UT with a 158-48 (.767) record, leading the Longhorns to the fourth-most victories nationally in that span. He is 10th all-time in the NCAA with 244 career victories.
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