On Sunday night, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich named Balducci the defensive player of the game. Balducci recorded two tackles, one of them for a sack and the big nose guard out of Central Catholic High School in Portland, was instrumental in plugging up the middle all night long.
For the first time this season, Oregon's defensive front clearly dominated the line of scrimmage helping to stem drives and allowing the offense good field position in order to score.
While the Oregon defensive front had a good game, the secondary is still a work in progress allowig Colorado to stay in the ball game until halfway through the fourth quarter.
Oregon faces Washington State this week and the Air Raid passing attack of the Cougars will be a stiff challenge for both the Oregon defensive front and secondary.