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Oregon's defense gets a workout in the opener

Published On: Sep 04 2013 09:03:20 AM EDT
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MGN Online

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- -

The No. 2 Ducks had possession of the ball fewer than 20 minutes in their opener against Nicholls State, meaning the defense shouldered its share of the work. That gave the coaching staff plenty to look at in assessing the side of the ball that often gets overlooked at speedy Oregon.

Overall, it looked good. The lower-tier Colonels managed only a field goal against a defense that held opponents to an average of 21.6 points last season.

The Colonels had 343 yards total offense, but averaged only 3.9 yards per play and never got within Oregon's 10.

Oregon plays at the University of Virginia at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.