Oregon’s D Played Well Against the Buffs

LB Rodney Hardrick puts pressure on QB Connor Wood

Cliff Grassmick

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.

Torrodney Prevot and Deforest Buckner closing on Connor Wood

Cliff Grassmick

Torrodney Prevot and DeForest Buckner closing on Connor Wood.

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.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu leads a stout Duck secondary against Cal and the top passing attack in FBS.

Amazing Moments

Colorado barely looked Ifo Ekpre-Olomu’s way.

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!

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber

  • Iowa Duck Fan

    I was impressed with Colorado’s overall level of improvement over the last two years. I like the aggressive game plan they brought, with the onside kick, the shot downfield on their first snap, and the double-reverse screen pass on their second possession.

    I take no pleasure in seeing our defense burned by a trick play, but I was glad to see an obviously overmatched team throw a few punches rather than rolling over. Looks like Coach Mac has a good thing going there.

    And that Richardson fellow is a straight-up baller.