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EUGENE — Oregon’s defense faces its toughest test on the ground to date this season against UCLA.

The Bruins (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) are led by the running back tandem of Pac-12 leading rusher Zach Charbonnet and Brittain Brown, who are complemented by dual-threat quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Charbonnet, a transfer from Michigan, has 110 carries for 697 yards and seven touchdowns in his first season with UCLA. Brown ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 467 rushing yards and four scores and would probably be the feature back at most other schools in the conference.

“They’re the most physical runners that we have seen,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “They run behind their pads. Big, powerful leg drive. You saw early in the season against LSU, that’s when people really started to take notice. We had known that, (they’ve) been coming on for a while. Really impressive.

“You’ve got to get your defenders to the ball carriers because they typically don’t go down on first contact. They’re an operation of contact plus two, plus three yards.”


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