It was a tale of two halves at Autzen Stadium Saturday evening.
In the first half, No. 12 UCLA gave the No. 3 Ducks all they could handle….on both sides of the ball.
In the second half, the Ducks defense stiffened and seemingly decided enough was enough.
In the final 30 minutes of play, Oregon held Brett Hundley and his Bruins out of the end zone and seemed to completely break the spirit of the UCLA offense.
“At the beginning of the game they’re kind of juiced,… they have all the emotion and by the end of the game if we’re up by a lot they’re kind of ready to go home,” said Oregon safety Avery Patterson after the game.
“You definitely sense a breaking point. When we’re up by almost three touchdowns and we stop them that fourth time to try to go ahead, I feel that’s the breaking point for an offense.”
Patterson was one of the stars of the Oregon defense in the Ducks 42-14 win over UCLA.
Patterson had 7 tackles and pulled down one of the two interceptions thrown by Hundley in the game.
It didn’t come easy for Oregon though….and it didn’t come quick like most of the Ducks first seven games.
“Once we start fixing things and get into a rhythm we figure out what they’re doing, …we get more comfortable on the field as a defense and we fly around more,… have that swagger,” said middle linebacker Rodney Hardrick in his post game comments.
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