Mariota throws for 3 TDs and Ducks beat Utah

Published on November 18, 2013 at 06:02AM

Marcus Mariota is more concerned about his Oregon teammates than he is about his knee.

“They would have to pull me off the field before I wouldn’t play,” the sophomore quarterback said after throwing for 288 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-21 victory over Utah on Saturday.

Utah (4-6, 1-6) was dealt a blow before the game when starting quarterback Travis Wilson didn’t make the trip to Eugene because of a concussion. Backup Adam Schulz threw for 157 yards and a touchdown and ran for another.

After the game, Utes coach Kyle Whittingham suggested that more is going on with Wilson but he would not give details. Utah did not announce until Friday night that Wilson was not traveling with the team.

“I’ll expound on that Monday when I know more information. This has been an ongoing thing throughout the week. What I can say is it’s a head injury. He was not able to practice at all last week. Part of it was something that happened in the game last week, but there’s more than that going on right now. Rather than say something that is not completely accurate, I’m going to wait until Monday and talk a little more about it that week,” Whittingham said.

Wilson is averaging 203 yards passing per game this season. The 6-foot-7 sophomore thrown 16 touchdowns with 16 interceptions.