Oregon Ducks Play Like Ranked Team, Cal Bears Play Like Unranked Team

Steven ResnickSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2009

CORVALIS, OR - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #2 of the Oregon Ducks looks to make a pass play during their game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Corvalis, Oregon. The Ducks defeated the Beavers 65-38. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

I got to hand it to the Oregon Ducks they came out and played an excellent game against the California Golden Bears. In fact the Ducks looked like the number six ranked team in the country and the Bears looked like they were the team that was not ranked.

Masoli did what he needed to do and that was complete passes and for at least a week the boo birds are all but gone.

For the Bears they had a hard time stopping the short passes that Masoli threw that were pretty much screen passes that worked just like a run. So, with the passing game opening up it allowed for big holes for LaMichael James and Remene Alston.

Also, maybe the best thing that came out of this game for the Ducks was the play of the offensive line. That offensive line created holes for James and Alston as well as gave plenty of time for Masoli to throw and since Cal didn't bother Masoli he was able to complete an eyepopping 84 percent of his passes 21-25 so far for Masoli.

Ed Dickson the talented tight end for the Ducks caught 11 of those 21 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

On the otherside of the ball the Ducks were able to get pressure on every single pass that Kevin Riley attempted and Riley struggled to find open receivers. With that pressure and Cal not able to throw the ball, it allowed for the Ducks defense to stop the most dynamic running back in the country Jahvid Best to 55 yards.

As the score has ballooned to 39-3, the Ducks deserve a lot of praise for the way they played against the Bears. They played a perfect game. The Ducks did not allow for the Bears running game to beat them and instead made Riley the one to beat them.

Masoli played one of the better games of his college career, Riley on the other hand played miserably.

The Ducks no doubt will be back in the ranking and just as easily be in the running for the Pac-10.