EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota says it was a little strange seeing Mark Helfrich roaming the sideline during a game.
Helfrich spent the past four seasons watching the Ducks from up in the booth at Autzen Stadium as offensive coordinator.
But now that Chip Kelly has moved on to the NFL, Helfrich is getting a close-up view of the No. 3 Ducks.
Oregon defeated Nicholls 66-3 on Saturday in the season opener. It was never really a contest, more of a shake-off-the-rust game for the Ducks.
But it was a first for Helfrich.
The Ducks responded by rolling to a school-record 772 yards in total offense, surpassing the mark of 730 set last season in a 62-51 victory over USC in Los Angeles.