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2013 Fiesta Bowl: Collin Klein is Oregon's latest elite quarterback opponent

The Oregon Ducks will face the Kansas State Wildcats in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, and they're familiar with Heisman-worthy quarterbacks like KSU's Collin Klein.

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The Oregon Ducks are all too familiar in dealing with quarterbacks that will burn them with their arm and their legs. So it's a good thing for them that they have one of their most impressive defensive units of the Chip Kelly era ready to contain Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.

The Arizona Republic's Jeff Metcalfe broke down the Ducks' recent BCS Bowl history against elite quarterback competition. Last season, Oregon gave up 296 yards through the air to Wisconsin's Russell Wilson but pulled out a 45-38 victory in the Rose Bowl. The 2010 Rose Bowl saw Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor score a late touchdown as the Buckeyes beat the Ducks 26-17 in Glendale, Ariz.

And when Oregon met Auburn in the 2011 BCS national championship game, it was Heisman winner Cam Newton who passed for 265 yards and ran for 64 more as the Tigers beat Oregon, 22-19.

"It's not something we haven't seen before," linebacker Michael Clay, Oregon's leading tackler, told Medcalfe. "We're defintely accustomed to that. It'll just be another great challenge against Collin Klein. With Marcus (Mariota) and Brian (Bennett), you see that every day (in practice). We're ready for it. It's nothing new to us. We've just got to be able to tackle in space."

Klein passed for 2,490 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 890 yards to put him in the Heisman Trophy competition in 2012.

Meanwhile, Oregon will counter with a defense that, despite the Ducks' quick-striking offense, allows just 22 points per game and leads the nation with 24 interceptions on the year.