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October 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Scouting Oregon

In our weekly entry looking at the opponent, it’s time to hear from UW coaches and players on the Oregon Ducks.
First, though, a look at some of Oregon’s stats:
Here is where Oregon ranks nationally, offensively and defensively:
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 2161 (89)
Passing Yards: 945 (112)
Rushing Yards: 1216 (23)
Points per game: 32.5 (23)
Yards per game: 360.2 (74)
Touchdowns: 20 (59)
Field Goals: 6 (87)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 1685 (14)
Passing Yards: 982 (12)
Rushing Yards: 703 (31)
Points per game: 16.3 (21)
Yards per game: 280.8 (15)
Touchdowns: 10 (18)
Field Goals: 5 (28)
And here is Oregon’s schedule:
Date Opponent Result
9/3 at 14 Boise State L 8 – 19
9/12 vs. Purdue W 38 – 36
9/19 vs. 18 Utah W 31 – 24
9/26 vs. 6 California W 42 – 3
10/3 vs. Washington State W 52 – 6
10/10 at UCLA W 24 – 10
10/24 at Washington
10//31 vs. 4 USC
11/7 at Stanford
11/14 vs. Arizona State
11/21 at Arizona
12/3 vs. Oregon State


Offensively, the Ducks are known for running the spread option offense which puts a premium on having a running quarterback:
Said UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt: “The biggest challenge is they are an excellent running football team. They have the triple options and all the gun-runs,. Plus, they are already spread out so if you load it up they throw the bubble screens and get a lot of one-on-ones in a lot of space so it’s a very difficult, difficult offense to defend. And they have a lot of blocking schemes to prepare for. So it’s hard. And they do a lot of no-huddle. So it’s hard. You’ve got to get lined up and defend all that stuff.”
Said UW linebacker Mason Foster: “They have a real crazy offense, but it works. You’ve just got to stay focused on not trying to do too much. You’ve got to just stay on your keys. If you don’t read your keys you end up chasing someone here and then they end up throwing the ball right where you are supposed to be and you end up being the one getting chewed out. So you have to be focused on your job. They are going to throw little screens, or pitch the ball way out to the side, or something crazy. And they have great athletes who play great in space. So it’s tough.”
Defensively, the Ducks run a 4-3 with a rover back (here is an updated depth chart showing the alignment). But under defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti they are known for trying to bring a lot of pressure, and disguising it — the Huskies took advantage with a few long pass plays in the 2007 game.
Said UW offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier: “They are a very complex scheme. They move around and you never quite know where they are going to be. They are going to give you a lot of different looks and they are extremely fast. So the biggest thing for us is making sure we are targeted and known where they are. The last couple of weeks (against Arizona and Arizona State) it’s been more about execution and we knew where they were going to be and it was about getting it done. This week, we’ve got to make sure we get targeted
In the sense that the Ducks move around a lot, Nussmeier said they are similar to Stanford.
“Oregon will have some of the same package. But looking back on (the Stanford game) that wasn’t what caused us problems. We just didn’t play well.”

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