Originally posted on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 9/15/13
It was a curious game for Oregon's defense. They controlled the game despite having no sacks or tfls in four quarters of football, containing Tennessee's pedestrian, careful offense and limiting big plays. The Vols completed one pass for 51 yards, but didn't have a pass for more than 14 yards or a run of more than 12 yards the rest of the way. The Ducks kept everything in front of them and made Tennessee try to sustain drives. Nick Aliotti's unit was stubborn and persistent, and the Vols, still developing under a new coaching staff had trouble keeping pace, not moving the ball consistently until Oregon emptied the bench in the fourth quarter. A lot of Hart: Taylor Hart wraps up Justin Worley with perfect D-line tackling technique in Saturday's 59-14 win over SEC foe Tennessee  (Gary Breedlove, Eugene Daily News photo), They substituted so liberally that 31 different Ducks made tackles in the game, and Brian Jackson led all tacklers with 6, including 5 solos. Taylor Hart was on a mission through his 2.5 quarters of work, with five tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Jackson and Hart are pacesetters, determined, relentless defenders that pursue all over the field. Derrick Malone had another solid game with four tackles. Mitchell, Dargan, Hill and Lokombo also had four. Safety Isaac Dixon had five off the bench. The Duck starting unit they took turns making stops, swarming to the ball, largely avoiding mistakes and stupid penalties. They forced six three-and-outs. In all Tennessee punted 9 times, fumbled once, had possessions end harmlessly at the end of each half, scored just twice. Well below what it would take to keep pace with the Oregon offense. They held the visitors to 316 yards, 103 of those in the fourth quarter. They allowed just 14 first downs, holding the Vols to 5-15 on third down conversions, 4.7 yards per play, 4.2 yards per play over the first three quarters. In three games, the Ducks are 4th in the nation in scoring defense at 9.0 points per game. After the contest, Nick Aliotti singled out the defensive line for a great team effort in holding their own against a big Tennessee offensive line, a concern during the week. They weren't pushed back, and made a lot of plays as a unit. Oregon's defensive line has terrific agility and athletic ability to go with their great depth, and so far this season they've succeeded in getting off blocks and making tackles rather than just tying up defenders and leaving everything to the linebackers and secondary. Aliotti noted that the challenge gets sterner in the weeks ahead. "We haven't really been tested," he said. Young guys stood out. Reggie Daniels had a perfectly-timed pass breakup in the fourth quarter. Torrodney Prevot flies to the football on special teams. Tony Washington made a couple of nice plays.  Sam Kamp got increased playing time and made a pair of tackles.  Alex Balducci and DeForest Buckner added a pair each. #19 Tyrell Robinson is another first-year player who flies around. He got in on three tackles and got a chunk of time on the field in the second half.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Snoop Dogg delivers brilliant one-liner to roast LaVar Ball

Report: Brandon Browner was arrested for cocaine in May

Kiké Hernandez, Dodgers make easy work of Cubs

Deshaun Watson still helping families impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Doc Rivers on Chris Paul chatter: 'When you leave, just leave'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Luke Walton: Lakers deserved to be booed in season opener

Marshawn Lynch took public transit home from Raiders game

Enrique Hernandez ties record with three home runs in Game 5

LOOK: Sad Lonzo Ball on bench shows Lakers rookie’s first official struggle face

Marshawn Lynch ejected for shoving referee

WATCH: Kristaps Porzingis denies Carmelo Anthony at rim

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker