Oregon wins Pac-12 title, assures place in football playoff

  • Arizona's Tyrell Johnson (2) fumbles a round as he is tackled by Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (14), Torrodney Prevot (86) and Erick Dargan (4) during a initial half of a Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football diversion Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Photo: Ben Margot / Associated Press / AP


Oregon in a College Football Playoff: undoubtedly.

Marcus Mariota as a Heisman Trophy winner: roughly assuredly.

Those were a executive takeaways from a North champion Ducks’ 51-13 thrashing of South champion Arizona in a Pac-12 championship diversion during Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.

The Ducks (12-1) were second in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings, and after their widespread opening in Santa Clara, they positively will be possibly initial or second when a semifinalists are announced Sunday.

Mariota and Wisconsin using behind Melvin Gordon are a reputed front-runners for a Heisman. Against a Wildcats (10-3), Mariota ran for 3 touchdowns and upheld for dual more.

He finished 25 of 38 passes for 303 yards.

A play mid by a third entertain showcased Mariota’s electric feet and accurate arm. His nimble scrambling gave him changed additional seconds to find Darren Carrington for a 46-yard hookup to a Arizona 11.

On a subsequent play, Mariota connected with Carrington for his second touchdown pass.

For a season, Mariota has accounted for 53 TDs: 38 passing, 14 rushing and one receiving. He has thrown usually dual interceptions.

What’s that phrase? Hand him a Heisman.

“If this man isn’t what a Heisman Trophy is all about,” Oregon conduct manager Mark Helfrich pronounced about Mariota, “then I’m in a wrong profession. On a domain and off a field, he’s it.”

The hardware will be presented subsequent Saturday in New York. If Mariota’s acceptance debate in any approach resembles Friday’s postgame news conference, a tinge will be an intensely common one.

“I wouldn’t be in this position but my teammates,” a redshirt youth from Honolulu said. “Without those guys in a locker room, nothing of this would be possible.”

Mariota’s well-developed play has come to be expected. What couldn’t have been approaching Friday night was a gloomy opening by Oregon’s defense.

Arizona, that was seventh in this week’s CFP rankings, had beaten Oregon in their prior dual meetings. In a initial half, Arizona collected a grand sum of dual initial downs. The Wildcats ran 25 plays in a opening 30 mins — and gained accurately 25 yards.

Head manager Rich Rodriguez benched quarterback Anu Solomon after a initial half in that he went 6-for-12 for 34 yards and was sacked 3 times.

After a game, Rodriguez explained a benching as a multiple of Solomon’s ineffectiveness and a fact that he has been traffic with a leg injury.

For a game, Oregon outgained Arizona 617 yards to 224.

Oregon led 23-0 during halftime — and a domain could have been some-more lopsided.

The Ducks gained 379 yards in a opening half — and Arizona’s invulnerability didn’t play that poorly.

Seven times in a initial half, Oregon reached a Arizona 25-yard line. The formula of those 7 possessions: dual Mariota TD runs, 3 Aidan Schneider domain goals, a missed field-goal try by Schneider and a unsuccessful fourth-down attempt.

You can enclose Oregon’s offense for usually so long. In a second quarter, Mariota skirted a left side for scoring runs of 7 and 4 yards.

After a game, Helfrich gushed about Mariota, a actor and a person.

“If we wish your son or daughter to have a purpose model,” Helfrich said, “pick this guy.”

Steve Kroner is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: skroner@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SteveKronerSF

Saturday’s large games

Games involving teams anticipating to get into a four-team college football playoff, that will be announced Sunday:

Iowa St. vs. TCU,

9 a.m. Channel: 7 Channel: 10

Alabama vs. Missouri, 1 p.m. Channel: 5 Channel: 13 Channel: 46

Kansas St. vs. Baylor, 4:45 p.m. ESPN

Florida St. vs. Georgia Tech, 5 p.m. Channel: 7 Channel: 10

Ohio St. vs. Wisconsin, 5:15 p.m. Channel: 2 Channel: 40

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