Where Oregon’s defense ranks nationally in key statistics after win over Washington State

The Oregon Ducks’ defense has been one of the main reasons that Dan Lanning’s team has found such success so far this season. Early in the year, when the level of competition was far less than what it is now, the defense was completely dominant, putting up some of the best numbers in the nation.

While the defense has still been very good, and a huge part of why Oregon is continuing to win games, the numbers have dropped a little bit because of the increased level of competition. That is certainly the case for the past two weeks, where the Ducks faced two of the best offenses in the Pac-12 in Washington and Washington State.

Despite those challenges, the defense held up admirably. Here’s where they now rank nationally in some key statistics after Week 8 of the season.

Scoring Defense: No. 16

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Points Allowed Per Game: 17.0

Previous Rank: 11th

Passing Defense: No. 56

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Passing Yards Allowed Per Game: 217.4

Previous Rank: 17th

Rushing Defense: No. 11th

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Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game: 95.1

Previous Rank: 16th

Total Defense: No. 20

Total Yards Allowed Per Game: 312.6

Previous Rank: 13th

Third Down Defense: No. 29

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Third Down Stop Rate: 33.7%

Previous Rank: 39th

Red Zone Defense: No. 50

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Red Zone Conversion Rate: 80.0%

Previous Rank: 47th

Total Sacks: No. 5

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Total Sacks: 25

Previous Rank: 11th

Tackles For Loss: No. 43

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Total Tackles for Loss: 44

Previous Rank: 47th

Turnovers Gained: No. 104

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Total Turnovers Gained: 7

Previous Rank: 92nd

Kickoff Return Defense: No. 55

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Average Kick Return Yards Allowed: 18.67

Previous Rank: 68th

Punt Return Defense: No. 124

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Average Punt Return Yards Allowed: 15.67

Previous Rank: 122nd

Yards Per Play: No. 23

Average Yards Per Play: 4.8

Previous Rank: 13th

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire