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September 14, 2013EUGENE, Ore. --- In an all-too-familiar scene, Tennessee's hopes for an upset ended about the same time the host Oregon Ducks found the end zone for the first of several times.
Oregon scored 59 unaswered points during the central portion of the game, the Ducks flew through the second and third levels of the Tennessee defense and stymied the Vols' offense in coasting to an 59-14 victory.
The Vols have little time to soothe their wounds; they must regroup and travel to Gainesville, Fla., next Saturday for their SEC opener at nationally ranked Florida, a program with eight-straight wins in the annual series.
Tennessee had become just the third time in 20-plus games to take a 7-0 first-quarter lead on the Ducks, but it was too short-lived. Oregon responded, as it so oftentimes has, in dizzying fashion.
The second-ranked Ducks (3-0) score three touchdowns in barely nine minutes of game time, and their three scoring drives that transformed a 7-3 deficit into a 24-7 edge covered 195 yards on just 13 plays and less than four minutes of total possession.
Tennessee couldn't sustain drives offensively and oftentimes left Ducks receivers wide-open as Oregon scored the most points on the Vols since Florida obliterated Tennessee, 59-20, early in the 2007 season.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, a Heisman Trophy candidate, merely furthered that cause on the afternoon. Mariota threw for six scores and morethan 450 yards, notching the third-best day all-time in Ducks history.
Tennessee started Justin Worley at quarterback and then used Nathan Peterman late in the second half. Worley hit Jason Croom for the game's first score and an early 7-0 lead. UT didn't score again until less than 8 minutes remained, when Alden Hill rambled into the right side of the end zone from 8 yards away.