Oregon 49 – 0 Arizona
The Oregon Ducks used a bevy of weapons and talent to overcome the Arizona Wildcats by the score of 49-0 at Autzen Stadium on Saturday night.
Oregon, who was facing what could be considered their first “true” opponent of 2012, showcased offensive and defensive prowess against a Wildcats football team that was trying to find their own college football identity.
After a rather slow first half that saw the Ducks put up just 13 points on the board, Oregon jumped all over the Wildcats in the second half as they used their unique offense and motivated defense to put up 36 second half points.
Over the course of the game the Ducks racked up 495 total yards while surrendering just 332, proving that they were the much better team on Saturday night.
Here are Oregon football’s love ’em and hate ’em from their 49-0 rout of the Arizona Wildcats.
For all of the hype that it has received prior to the 2012 college football season, Oregon’s defense lived up to everything it was made out to be as they shutout an offensively stout Wildcats team that had been putting up great offensive numbers in 2012.
Using their speed combined with ability to pressure the opposing backfield, Oregon’s defense was all over the Wildcats on Saturday night.
Not only did they hold the Wildcats’ rushing attack to under 89 yards, the Ducks created five total turnovers, four coming on interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
Finally able to play a full game, Oregon’s defensive starters showed why the Ducks are by no means just an offensive team.
The Ducks are much more than just De’Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner, something that was shown on Saturday night against the Arizona Wildcats.
Finishing with 228 yards rushing on the ground, the Ducks had seven different backs touch the ball on Saturday night, even incorporating Colt Lyerla (a.k.a. Bane) into the mix.
The Ducks also recorded receptions from nine different players, the leaders being Bralon Addison and Lyerla.
As mentioned before, the Ducks have numerous weapons on the offensive side of the ball besides Thomas and Barner.
Though it is still early on in the season, the Ducks have jumped to the number two spot into the rankings after LSU had a tough go of it against the Auburn Tigers.
For the Ducks and their fans, this means that if they play to their potential and continue their impressive play, they are already in the driver’s seat for the BCS National Championship.
Tougher games against the USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal combined with a No. 2 ranking in the USA Today Poll should be more than enough to propel the Ducks to the coveted ground once again.
Though the Ducks did force five turnovers on Saturday night, they also surrendered the ball three times to an Arizona team that could have easily jumped all over the Ducks.
Fumbling the ball twice, the Ducks need to shore up some issues with ball security before they head into their toughest streak of games.
If the Ducks continue to turn the ball over at the rate they are, they will give other teams plenty of chances to play spoiler to what could be a magical 2012 college football season for the Ducks.