EUGENE, OR - Not that is was a perfect game, but the Oregon defense played as well as any defensive unit could in shutting out Arizona last Saturday. The Ducks stopped the Wildcats in all five of their red zone opportunities and forced five turnovers. So, will an encore performance be in order this Saturday against the Cougs in Seattle at CenturyLink Field?
"We just got to keep working and stay focused every play, and just be ready," said sophomore cornerback Terrance Mitchell. "Stay ready and patient."
The Ducks know they will be tested again this Saturday against Washington State, a team which loves to throw the football.
"What we have to expect is the ball to be thrown every play," said junior strong safety Brian Jackson. "The system is meant for them to be gunslingers. That's the kind of players they are. They love throwing that ball. They want to throw it deep, they want to throw it short, just throw it anywhere. We have to be prepared to cover the ball at all times."
Last Saturday Coug quarterback Connor Halliday threw the ball 60 times against Colorado.
"We know they want to put the ball in the air," said senior defensive end Dion Jordan. "We got a lot of guys that can play well in coverage. We got to make sure that we get hands on these guys. We got to key on the guys that he wants to get the ball to a lot."
The Cougars average over 313 passing yards per game while the Ducks are allowing 210 passing yards per game.