Poor Tackling Sealed Ducks' Doom

Tackling was the biggest problem for the Oregon Ducks yesterday in the 51-42 loss to Stanford according to Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly was missed tackles, particularly on running back Toby Gerhart .

For some reason the Duck defense, which had been the bright spot this season had trouble containing Gerhart and there were too many instances of Duck defenders trying to bring down the big Stanford back with arm tackles.

Kelly also felt that while the extra offensive lineman Stanford used had some effect on Oregon's defense, the primary reason was missing opportunities to stop Gerhart because of poor tackling techniques. Kelly mentioned that the way the Ducks felt to counter the extra lineman was to bring a safety in low for extra help, as the lineman would not be used as a receiver.

When asked by media during his Sunday night review of the previous game what if anything was different about the team's intensity in the contest.

"You guys aren't giving enough credit to Stanford," Kelly said. "It's more about what they did than what we didn't do."

Stanford racked up 505 yards of total offense including Gerhart's 233 of the total Stanford's 254 yards of rushing. According to Oregon official web site, goducks.com, the last time UO allowed a player to rush for 200 or more yards in Pac-10 play was Corey Dillon of Washington (259), Oct. 26, 1996.

Andrew Luck, Stanford's talented freshman quarterback also did a lot of things the right way. Every time the Cardinal need a big play, Luck was able to find a receiver and deliver the ball on the money. Luck finished the night with 251 yards on 12-for-20 passing and two touchdowns.

Kelly had no report of any additional injuries that would cause a player to be termed out, and he reiterated that Walter Thurmond III, Willie Glasper and Josh Kaddu are all out.


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