This past Saturday, the #22 Arizona Wildcats came to Autzen Stadium to play the Ducks. SIX times the Wildcats entered the Red Zone. ZERO was the number of points they scored. Meanwhile the Ducks scored 49 points. And the result … the Oregon Ducks are #2 in the national polls.
Prior to the game the football pundits proclaimed this game would be an offensive shootout. However the Oregon Defense was there to make sure it wasn’t. Here is an Oregon highlight video (there weren’t any Arizona highlights).
Oregon fans have more to celebrate than a strong defense. The game displayed two of Oregon’s other strengths. One was Coach Chip Kellys ability to use the talent that surrounds him. The use of 6’5” 246lbs TE Colt Lyerla as a running back was brilliant and unexpected. Colt had played RB in high school, and obviously enjoyed his chance to run straight at the defense. The second event for Oregon fans to celebrate is the immergence of a number of freshmen and sophomores as playmakers. Here’s a very good article by the Eugene Register Guard newspaper stating why ‘It’s a great time to be young and a Duck football player.’ It may be true that the Ducks really are “just getting started.”
Next up for the Ducks are the 2-2 Washington State Cougars. WSU (known as Wazzu) are under new head coach by Mike Leach who is famous for his “Air Raid” offense. However, this is only Coach Leach’s first year at WSU and his team is still a work in progress. Oregon is highly favored to win. It is very likely that the Oregon second and third strings may get significant playing time. College Football PAC-12 Washington State Cougars vs. Oregon Ducks 29. September 2012 | 7:30 PDT CentutyLink Field | Seattle/WA Series: 38-44-7