Anyone who says Oregon doesn't play defense is a fool.
Kansas State came into this game ranked No. 12 in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 38.8 points per game. (Oregon was No. 2 with 49.6 points per game on average.)
The Wildcats' quarterback, Collin Klein, has been touted all year as one of the best QBs in the country. Please humor me with a little aside here: why was Klein invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation and not Oregon running back Kenjon Barner or QB Marcus Mariota, for that matter?
But I digress. The point is that the Ducks' defense was nasty and very aggressive towards Klein all night. The Wildcats' QB had only 30 rushing yards on 13 carries. And when Klein was forced to pass the ball early and often, that didn't go so well either.
Klein was only 17 of 32 when passing. Even more embarrassing, Klein's leading receiver, Chris Harper (eight catches for 71 yards) is a former Duck, for cryin' out loud.
While linebacker Michael Clay, playing in his last game as a Duck, was named the Defensive Player of the Game, the truth is that that award could have been bestowed on several defensive Ducks. Kiko Alonso was a manimal all night, and, yes, probably deserved at least one penalty for his hits on Klein.
If it wasn't Clay and Alonso tackling Klein for a loss time and time again, it was Boseko Lokombo and Taylor Hart both turning in monster games.
Erick Dargan, filling in for Avery Patterson, who filled in for John Boyett—yes, that would make Dargan the third-string safety at the start of the season—is an interception machine. Dargan grabbed two from Klein, giving the Ducks the No. 1 spot in the nation for interceptions this season (25).
All offense and no defense Ducks? Hogwash.