stillsomeguy wrote:I don't care who the QB is, a supposedly good football team (#2) should not have a defense that allows 31 points to a 4-6 opponent.
Nor should an allegedly #12 team give up 37 points to an unranked opponent missing two of its best offensive players.
(Nor should an allegedly #5 team give up 34 to a DI-AA team).
"Snowball effect," of losing your offensive momentum, when you lose the engine that drives everything. The defense has to stay on the field the whole game, and then bad things are bound to happen. Throw in a couple of fumbles and interceptions, and the points begin to pile up for the gleeful underdog. Plus, the favorite's defense has nothing left in the tank for crunch-time.
Btw, did you happen to see Dixon's long TD-run on the first Oregon drive, before he went down? There is no doubt in my mind, the Ducks would have ripped Arizona to shreds if Dixon had stayed healthy.