Oregon vs. California: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
Oregon 59—California 17: FINAL — Please read about what we learned in the Oregon vs. Cal game here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1404155-oregon-football-10-things-we-learned-from-the-ducks-win-vs-california
For awhile early in this Pac-12 matchup, it looked like Oregon might be the second upset victim on this momentous Saturday.
But although the Cal Golden Bears put up a valiant fight, the Ducks did to them what they do to everyone—wore them down and wore them out.
Oregon is now 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the Pac-12, and will welcome the Stanford Cardinal to Autzen Stadium next Saturday. Cal is a dismal 3-8 and 2-6 in conference play.
It's over, and it occurs to me that it would be wayyyy easier to live blog an SEC game.
The always-opportunistic Ducks recover a fumble. I'm sorry, but I didn't catch who recovered it, and the ESPN announcers are so busy trying to save Jeff Tedford's job, that they didn't mention it either.
I'm tired of hearing Matt Millen say the words "Notre Dame", aren't you?
Last one out, please turn off the lights. This party is winding down.
B.J. Kelley catches a deflected ball in the end zone. Touchdown Ducks.
Fast. Hard. Finish.
Bryan Bennett back in for the duration. Mariota with his helmet off smiling and relaxing on the sidelines. looking very cute in his green wool O hat.
Byron Marshall in for Kenjon Barner.
Cal looks gassed. Great effort by the Bears, but the Ducks doing what they do.
Love the veteran ESPN cameraman with the flowing hair blowing in the wind. It's a reminder on the eve of Veterans' Day to thank all of our brave veterans out there—thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Memorial Stadium starting to look empty and forlorn except for the animated yellow and green section.
Safety Brian Jackson gets a pick. It's too bad, really, because Allan Bridgford has, for the most part, done the job.
How fast is De'Anthony Thomas?
DAT sets up the decoy pass to Will Murphy for the Ducks' TD. Too many weapons.
Duck fans across the globe begin to breathe again. Manimal Colt Lyerla looking smooth as silk in the end zone.
Marcus Mariota is 25-of-31 passing. What kind of stat is that for a freshman QB in a big game? I ask you.
End of the 3rd quarter—time to "Shout" Duck fans.
For some reason, it's not as much fun in my media room as it is in Autzen Stadium.
How embarrassing. ESPN just showed the Cal player faking an injury in 2010. That was the worst thing in the Pac-12 since, well, USC deflating their balls.
And to think, last summer we were all jawing about whether Kenjon Barner could hold up to the banging the starting RB for the Ducks would have to take.
Any questions now? Barner is one tough dude.
Just when I was thinking that the Ducks could use some more style points, along comes this timely reminder:
A national title hunt is a battle of attrition. Survival above all else. Folks talk "style points," then realize surviving is style.— ESPN_Pac12blog (@ESPN_Pac12blog) November 11, 2012
There will be only one good thing that comes of the college football season ending: with luck, we won't ever have to see that Cars.com commercial with the singing hair lady again.
One can only hope.
Boseko Lokombo picks off a Bridgford pass. Bridgford was feeling gigantic freshman Arik Armstead bearing down on him.
Ducks take advantage of the Cal boo-boo, and score in one play.
Is that more what you were expecting?
A sad sign for Duck fans: Avery Patterson in sweats and on crutches on the sideline. At least, John Boyett will have someone to play cards with now.
The Bears stop the Ducks' again. What the heck is going on here? Is there a full moon?
But a great punt by Oregon and a killer tackle by cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Say that fast, I double-dog dare you.
Cal cheerleaders all have golden ribbons in their hair. They look like the Coquille High School cheerleaders in 1966.
Maybe they study too much at Berkeley to keep up on hair trends.
Oregon's defensive relief players not providing much relief for the Ducks.
Cal scores, and Tedford looking less like a dead man.
A late hit by a Cal 290-lbs defender. Ouch. 15 big yards.
Oregon does not get the 4th down and four, as DAT comes up a yard short. Bears take over.
Does anyone out there know how many 4th downs the Ducks have made this year? That one didn't work, but it seems as if they work more often than not for Oregon.
I keep hearing it's because the science favors more 4th down tries. I think it's the Ducks' talent.
Ducks receive the kickoff, and Keanon Lowe does his best De'Anthony Thomas imitation. Huge return.
Take your seats, please, we're ready for the second half.
For my halftime snack, I'm having the kale and carrot salad I made earlier today, along with pork tenderloin.
What? You didn't make a kale and carrot salad today? Do not order that greasy, carb-laden pizza. Just. Don't. Do. It.
Tough night for Ducks' RB Kenjon Barner so far. Will he bust out in the second half? Probably too late; the Heisman voters back east have likely gone to bed. Here's what the Twitter universe has to say:
Barner has 9 carries for 25 yards. Not going to maintain the Heisman momentum like that.— Aaron J. Fentress (@AaronJFentress) November 11, 2012
So, Kenjon Barner is hurt? No problem. DAT and Josh Huff pick up the slack.
Fast, beautiful drive by the Ducks culminating in a diving Josh Huff.
That should calm down the Oregon locker room at halftime.
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