While giving up over 190 yards per game on the ground through three games this season (ranking 98th nationally), Jim Mora noted that their run defense is actually playing pretty well when you don't count quarterback runs.
In their first game against Rice, the Bruins gave up 95 yards on 22 carries by the quarterback, and the next week against Nebraska, quarterback Taylor Martinez went for 112 yards on 13 carries. Against Houston in week three, quarterback David Piland ran 4 times for 71 yards.
After practice yesterday, Mora noted that he doesn't consider quarterback runs "real runs", and is looking forward to seeing their run defense against a more traditional style run team in Oregon State, who they play Saturday.
"Our run 'D' has been outstanding actually, except for quarterbacks, which I don't consider real runs. These guys run real plays, and when teams have tried to run real runs against us we've been pretty good."
"They're not a spread team, they'll give you some spread formations, but they're not a spread team and they're going to give us some conventional runs."