Saturday, October 10, 2009
Halftime report: UCLA 3, Oregon 0
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Ten years ago, would you have believed UCLA and Oregon would be 3-0 at halftime?
The Pac-10 is now a defensive league.
The Bruins lead on Kai Forbath's 52-yard field goal. And that's our scoring summary.
Oregon sophomore cornerback Anthony Gildon -- the Ducks third option at the position after Walter Thurmond and Willie Glasper went down to knee injuries -- has been flagged twice for pass interference, but the Bruins have been unable to exploit the Ducks secondary, which is also missing safety T.J. Ward and was riddled with illness this week.
Kevin Prince and Nate Costa are both playing OK, but neither has strung a few good passing plays together.
Turning point: Oregon posted an impressive goal-line stand when two quarterback sneaks by Prince from the 1/2-yard line failed.
Stat of the half: Ducks are 1 of 6 on third down. Costa has played fairly well, but he hasn't been able to string together first downs.
Best player in the half: Ducks running back LaMichael James has 83 yards rushing on eight carries. Of course, one carry -- from the Ducks' 1-yard line -- went for 49 yards.
What Oregon needs to do; What UCLA needs to do: Both teams need the same thing. They need to keep playing stingy defense while finding an offensive rhythm. In a low-scoring game, turnovers are almost always critical. No turnovers so far. And both teams have made nice plays in special teams. In low-scoring games, field position is almost always critical. Wonder who gets to play on a short field more?