Mariota and the Ducks ready for another crack at Arizona

Mariota and the Ducks ready for another crack at Arizona

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Before playing Arizona last year, Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota had gone 343 passes without an interception.

However, the Wildcats changed that real quick, picking him off twice in a 42-16 blowout and devouring any shot of a BCS berth.

This Thursday night, the former St. Louis Crusader gets a chance at revenge.

This time around, Mariota and his #2 Ducks will be hosting the Cats.

He's also much healthier this time around and currently leads the nation with a 74% completion percentage.

He also has thrown 13 touchdowns with no interceptions.

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez gave Mariota some lofty praise saying he'd be shocked if he's not a Heisman finalist.

"He's without question one of the top three football players in the country and was last year and he's playing at an even higher level, if that's possible, right now," Rodriguez said.

Coincidentally, Mariota won't be the only Hawaii born QB suiting up.

Arizona's Anu Solomon was born in Kalihi before moving to Las Vegas when he was 10-years-old.

The game is tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Hawaii time on ESPN.

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