In week 1 of the 2011 college football season, the Oregon Ducks once again had their uptempo spread offense stymied by an elite defense. Prior to the BCS National Championship Game versus the Auburn Tigers last season, the 2010 Ducks offense generated the following numbers and rankings led by their star running backLaMichael James, who finished 3rd for the Heisman Trophy Award:
2010 Oregon Ducks Statistics prior to the BCS Championship Game
Rush Offense: 303.38 yards per game - 4th
Passing Offense: 233.67 - 49th
Total Offense: 537.50 yards per game - 1st
Scoring Offense: 49.33 - 1st
LaMichael James statistics prior to BCS National Championship
Rushing Attempts: 281
Rushing Yards: 1682
Averaging 6.0 yards per carry
Rushing Yards per Game: 140.2
As the statistics suggest, the Ducks are known for their rush offense. In their first twelve games of 2010, it was one of the best in the nation. Often it seemed unstoppable. The tempo of their offense was regularly described as "too fast and too conditioned" for any defense to handle. They were even predicted to run all over the Auburn Tigers, the #1 rush defense from the SEC, in the BCS National Championship Game.
However, pundits were wrong and Ducks fans were left disappointed as Nick Fairley
and the Auburn front seven dominated the line of scrimmage and allowed the Ducks to gain only 75 total yards on the ground and only 19 total points - 228 rushing yards and 21 points less than their season average. James, the Doak Award Winner, looked pedestrian. He only had 13 carries for 49 yards and averaged only 3.8 yards per carry - 99 less yards and 2.2 less yards per carry than his season average. Also, the Ducks were incapable of scoring a rushing TD after several attempts from within the five yard line, and James was tackled for a safety by Auburn's Mike Blanc. Simply put, Auburn's defensive line dominated the game.
On September 3, 2011, the Ducks faced the LSU Tigers
in the "Cowboys Classic" in Dallas, Texas, and once again their uptempo spread offense was controlled by...to continue reading this blog, to vote in the poll, and to join the conservation, please click the link below to visit WhosRight.com