Oregon Football: Ducks Defense Shines Brightest in Win over Arizona

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 22:  Kiko Alonso #47 and Taylor Hart #66 of the Oregon Ducks stop Ka'Deem Carey #25 of the Arizona Wildcats on September 22, 2012 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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All the talk going into this game was that Oregon and Arizona would light up the scoreboard like the defenses were wearing cement cleats. 

Apparently Oregon's defense didn't get the memo.

While everyone is busy being impressed by the Oregon offense and the speed it plays with, people are failing to see that the defense is just as impressive, if not more. 

When playing for the Ducks defense, you have to understand that you are going to be on the field a lot. With the speed that the Oregon offense plays with, the defense is constantly on the field, which makes what it does so much more impressive.

Last night, the Ducks defense dominated the Wildcats as it put a wall up and consistently denied the Arizona offense that was fourth in total offense coming into the game.

When it was all said and done, the Ducks defeated Arizona 49-0, and the defense was the star of the show.

The Wildcats had the ball in the red zone six times and came away with zero points. Arizona's Matt Scott was picked off twice, they turned the ball over on downs three times and also had a field goal blocked. 

On top of the red zone dominance, the Ducks defense chipped in with two touchdowns of their own, both on interceptions. 

As a unit, the Ducks defense had one of its best nights in resent memory. The D consistently attacked the ball and made life uncomfortable for the Wildcats offense.

One player in particular that stood out was Ifo Ekpre Olomu, who appeared to be the target that Scott was going after he paid dearly for it. When the game was over, Ekpre Olomu had two interceptions, including one that he took back for a touchdown.

While the offense took some time to get on track, the defense had it turned up from the first whistle and they were certainly the star of this show. 

Joe Penkala is a B/R National Featured Columnist who covers college football. You can contact him @joepenkala.