Ducks Communicate and Dominate

Oregon focused on communication, intensity, and details in the run-up to last week's 42-30 domination of UCLA in Pasadena. It paid off, as the running game, pass protection, and defensive tightening all improved; the Ducks had their most complete game of this season. Last year the Ducks notched their tenth consecutive victory over the Huskies, in Seattle. Can they repeat this week in Autzen?

This Saturday's game against the Huskies will test Oregon's offense, particularly the protection and passing game. The strong showing by Pharaoh Brown, Royce Freeman, and Thomas Tyner last week bodes well for a balanced attack on offense. Defensively, pressure from the line and linebackers coupled with excellent play by Ifo and Eric Dargan in the secondary kept UCLA shut down for most of the game. Penalties were down, and tackling improved, although missed tackles are still an area for improvement. Communication was crucial to the wins last week and last year: Saturday will show whether the Ducks continue to put words into action.

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