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Bo Nix channels inner Marcus Mariota with feat not seen in nearly a decade

Bo Nix, Oregon Ducks football

The no.25 Oregon Ducks upset the no. 12 BYU Cougars, 41-20, on Saturday behind a five-touchdown performance from quarterback Bo Nix. Nix’s legendary game made him the first Oregon quarterback since Marcus Mariota in 2014 with three rushing and two passing touchdowns in a game.

It should be noted that 2014 just so happens to be the year Mariota won the Heisman Trophy.

Nix threw for 222 passing yards and two passing touchdowns. He also added 35 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns to his stat line. This is Nix’s first career three-rushing-touchdown game.

Outside of Nix, Oregon running backs Mar’keise Irving and Noah Whittington combined for 27 carries and 163 rushing yards on over 6.0 yards per carry. Wide receiver Troy Franklin caught three passes for 84 receiving yards. Tight end Terrance Ferguson had two catches for 24 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Nix transferred to Oregon from Auburn after the 2021 season. Auburn had high expectations when Nix entered their program, even naming him the starting quarterback as a true freshman. Unfortunately, Nix struggled to live up to those expectations.

In three seasons at Auburn, Nix threw for 7,251 passing yards, 39 passing touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He transferred to Oregon for a fresh start and it now seems like he has found a better situation for himself.

Nix’s Oregon debut against the no. 1 Georgia Bulldogs went as bad as one could expect against the best team in the country. Nix threw for 173 passing yards and two interceptions en route to a 49-3 defeat. He has now bounced back with two consecutive stellar performances.

The Ducks are 2-1 and Nix has thrown for 672 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions in three games. Fresh off an upset victory, Nix will ride into Pullman, Washington to face off against the Washington State Cougars next week.