Pac-12 ends spring with three games

With Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA playing spring games over the weekend, Pac-12 spring practices officially ended.

But before we begin eyeballing the offseason, here's a wrap on what happened in these three exhibitions.


Like most Pac-12 teams, injuries took a big toll on Oregon's spring game rosters, so it wasn't a highly competitive affair. The offense dominated in a 65-10 "win" in front of 36,588 in Autzen Stadium.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota and both his backups played well. Mariota lasted four drives, scoring TDs on three of them. He completed 13 of 15 passes for 169 yards with a pair of scoring tosses to Josh Huff.

As for the competition to become Mariota's backup, Jake Rodrigues completed 13-of-19 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, and Jeff Lockie completed 22-of-28 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Neither threw an interception.

Running back Byron Marshall, trying to replace Kenjon Barner, had a good day, rushing for 60 yards on six carries with a 2-yard TD run starting the day's scoring. Receiver Bralon Addison had eight receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown.

The offense piled up more than 800 yards.

Defense? It was missing a number of key players, but converted tight end Christian French had nine tackles and a sack at outside linebacker, perhaps trying to follow in the path of another former Duck who converted to outside linebacker from tight end and was picked third in the NFL draft on Thursday.

Oregon State

As if to say to Oregon State fans at Reser Stadium that the Beavers' quarterback competition won't be resolved in a spring game, coach Mike Riley allowed Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz to play only one series Friday.

Mannion completed eight of 11 passes for 67 yards, but was intercepted by safety Ryan Murphy in the end zone. Vaz was 4-for-6 for 59 yards and led the offense to a touchdown, one of only two on the evening.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Brent VanderVeen received the bulk of the playing time completing 15 of 27 passes for 153 yards and a 21-yard TD to Micah Hatfield.

Running back Storm Woods didn't play. Receiver Brandin Cooks caught four passes for 38 yards.

There were three field goals and two TDs. The offense threw three interceptions, fumbled and yielded four sacks.

Several inexperienced defenders made big plays. Redshirt freshman Tyler Hasty and junior Malcolm Marable recorded interceptions, sophomore Joel Skotte forced a fumble that Hasty pounced on and sophomores Lavonte Barnett, Brandon Bennett-Jackson and Jaswha James and redshirt freshman Caleb Saulo were credited with sacks.


Injuries turned UCLA's spring game into mostly a dressed up practice in from of a crowd of 20,000 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday evening.

Quarterback Brett Hundley played well, completing 16 of 23 passes for 179 yards with touchdowns of 25 (Paul Perkins, doing much of the work for himself on a swing pass) and 26 (Devin Fuller) yards.

There wasn't much with the running game. Jordon James led everyone with 20 yards on five carries, though he did have TD runs of 6 and 2 yards. Fuller led the receivers with six catches for 66 yards.

As for the battle for backup quarterback, Jerry Neuheisel completed 6 of 7 for 106 yards, and T.J. Millweard completed 5 of 7 for 60 yards and a 20-yard TD to Kenneth Walker.

Keenan Graham led the defense with two sacks. Stan McKay had four tackles and an interception.