The three points is the lowest Cal has scored in the first half since last year’s Washington game. The Bears have just 31 yards rushing. Oregon entered the game ranked eighth in the Pac-10 rushing defense, allowing 164.8 yards per game.
Cal has had a couple of sustained drives, something coach Jeff Tedford had hoped for to try to give the defense some rest. It’s certainly helped. Cal’s defense is playing well, although the Ducks started running the ball with more success in the second quarter. Oregon has 123 yards rushing at halftime, led by 82 from the league’s leading rusher, Jonathan Stewart.
The Bears are going to have to find a way to get their running game going in the second half. Most of their success on offense this season has been predicated on the running of Justin Forsett, who has just 19 yards on seven carries at halftime.
Defensive tackle Matt Malele appears to be OK. He played quite a bit in the first half after missing last week’s game with a foot injury.