January 1, 2014

Oregon DC search: For what defense?

The scheme has to fit the personnel, and the plan and philosophy has to be consistent with what the Ducks do on offense.

Nick Aliotti's defense just turned in a memorable performance in the Alamo Bowl, sending off their beloved coach with a 30-7 victory that included a second half shutout, two defensive scores, 6 three and outs and 7 possessions without a first down. Coach Nick's last crew limited the Texas offense to 236 total yards, while holding the Longhorn quarterbacks to 9-23 passing for a paltry 56 yards.

Other than Malcolm Brown running 26 times for 130 yards, it was as dominant and perfect a defensive performance as the 2002 or 2013 Fiesta Bowls. The Ducks allowed one scoring drive. The Longhorns didn't get a first down in the second half until their first possession of the fourth quarter, and that one ended with Derrick Malone taking an ill-advised Case McCoy pass 38 yards for the clinching touchdown.

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