Everyone is talking about how the Oregon defense gave up 374 yards total yards to Colorado on Saturday when they should be talking about how well the Ducks defenders played. The final score may have shown double digits for the Buffaloes, but it took a trick play to achieve it. So calm down, the Ducks looked good.
Sure, it may have been interesting for a minute – literally – but the Ducks were winning 29-10 by the end of the first quarter. An early 10-8 deficit shouldn’t have had fans worried and it shouldn’t be something to dwell on as the Ducks dominated after surrendering 10 points and gave up just two field goals after that.
Oregon held Colorado quarterback Connor Wood to 33% passing – 11 of 33 – for 205 yards and a 9.5 quarterback rating, including two interceptions to cornerback Terrance Mitchell.
On top of that, the entire Colorado team didn’t even hit the century mark rushing and their longest run was a modest 12 yards.
Adding to the powerfully overlooked performance by the Ducks D, a double wide receiver reverse thrown by Buffaloes superstar Paul Richardson was the only way Colorado could find the end-zone.
Looking at the game for what it is instead of the numbers will put things in perspective. The Ducks played a team they have destroyed two seasons in a row, and they destroyed the Buffs again. The defense gave up a 55-yard play and a 75-yard play and forced a three and out on a drive that started inside their own 10.
And even with 16 points allowed against Colorado, Oregon’s defense is 2nd in the country with 11.8 points per game….
So chill out people!