September 25, 2012
Grades and Analysis: Defense/ST
The Oregon Ducks trounced the Arizona Wildcats 49-0 in their Pac-12 opener on Saturday. Duck Sports Authority once again analyzes the game performance with its weekly expert Grades and Analysis.
This week, the Duck defense proved that the whole can be better than the sum of its parts.
Defense A (14 points scored, 0 offensive points against, 332 yards offense against, 19 first downs against, 6 tfl, 5-5 red zone defense)
AJ: The Oregon defense had its collective backs to the wall repeatedly through no fault of their own. Whether it be a miserable failure to convert on fourth down or turnover in their own territory, the defense did not break. They denied every single Arizona scoring chance as it came up. 84 plays, 17 possessions, no points. Most defenses are subjected to far less offensive plays, but not when coupled with a no-huddle offense like Oregon. Yet the defense got themselves off the field after an average of 4.9 plays per Arizona possession. It was an incredible performance as a group. It's like kicking grades; you don't miss, you get an A. The defense did not miss on Saturday.
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