Today, both defenses had some good and bad moments but MO’s defense shined the brightest. Mighty Oregon’s Reggie Daniels got things started off with an early interception when he picked off Travis Jonson and returned 34 yards to MO’s 37 yard line. Mighty Oregon gave up 377 total yards of offense and at the beginning of spring practices Torrodney Prevot mentioned that the defense goal was to get into the opponent’s backfield, forcing turnovers and getting sacks. Today Mighty Oregon’s defense demonstrated that during the game.
Both teams combined for 10 sacks with Mighty Oregon picking up seven of them, Paris Bostick (who lead the team in tackles with five) and Austin Maloata each had a pair of sacks while Henry Mondeaux and Eddie Heard each had one sack.
The Webfoots defense started off slow allowing Dakota Prukop to complete his first six passes for 22 yards. In the last few seconds of the first half Ugo Amadi was beat on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Prukop to freshman wideout Dillon Mitchell. The Webfoots defense gave up a total of 291 yards which is pretty good considering the Duck pass defense was ranked 118th out of 128 FBS schools last season.
Defensive Coordinator Brady Hoke spoke to reporters after the game and indicated that the defense played good; there is work that needs to get done but they (the defense) can improve.
This season (2016) is the 100 year anniversary of the Ducks first Rose Bowl team that beat Penn State 14-0 in 1916.
(Garrett Hill contributed to this story.)