Are we going to see another year of turnover issues on punt returns?
Week 3 was not very kind to the Ducks on the defensive front. The game started with a fumble by De'Anthony Thomas on an unlucky bounce on a punt and the defense ended up allowing a touchdown on the very next play. While the defense has struggled this season to force as many turnovers as their opponents, they've been better at keeping them out of the endzone. Oregon opponents have only converted Oregon turnovers into touchdowns 43% of the time. That's pretty close to last season's 35% average even with back ups playing a majority of the second half snaps.
It is also an area the offense has been particularly great this season. Of the 5 turnovers the defense has created, the offense has converted 4 of them into touchdowns. That was no different this week as Oregon turned both of Tennesse Tech's interceptions into seven points.
After the jump, we'll take a look at how Oregon's upcoming opponent, Arizona, has done this season.
|2012||Opponent TO||Turnover Caused||Yards After TO||Points Scored||Oregon TO||Turnover Given||Yards Given Up||Points Given Up|
|Total TO||5||Total TO||7|
|Ave Yds After TO||39.8||Ave Yds Given Up||36.14|
|Ave Pts After TO||5.6||Ave Pts After TO||4.3|
|# of Empty Poss||1||# of Empty Poss||1|
|Empty Poss %||20.00%||Empty Poss %||14.29%|
|# of TD Poss||4||# of TD Poss||3|
|# of TD Poss %||80%||# of TD Poss %||43%|
Arizona is not nearly as effective on offense after a turnover. Of the 6 turnovers their defense has forced (2 more than their opponents) they have only been able to convert them into touchdowns twice (one coming from a pick-six against Oklahoma State). 50% of the time their offense hasn't been able to capitalize on the turnover at all.
Where Arizona has struggled on offense, they've been just as effective on defense. In their first game, Arizona's offense committed 3 turnovers, but the defense was able to only allow 7 points, keeping them in what turned out to be a very close game in overtime.
In the game this weekend, Oregon is going to need to continue to capitalize on turnovers the way they have all season, and keep converting them into touchdowns, while the defense should be able to use its depth and talent to keep Arizona from converting on any Oregon turnovers.
|2012||Opponent TO||Turnover Caused||Yards After TO||Points Scored||Arizona TO||Turnover Given||Yards Given Up||Points Given Up|
|So Car State||1||1||5||0||1||1||9||0|
|Total TO||6||Total TO||4|
|Ave Yds After TO||32.67||Ave Yds Given Up||30.6|
|Ave Pts After TO||2.8||Ave Pts After TO||2.0|
|# of Empty Poss||3||# of Empty Poss||3|
|Empty Poss %||50.00%||Empty Poss %||75.00%|
|# of TD Poss||2||# of TD Poss||1|
|# of TD Poss %||33%||# of TD Poss %||25%|