Notoriously slow-starting this season, the Cal football team cannot afford to be sluggish out of the gate Saturday night against No. 2 Oregon.
Among the long list of scary offensive numbers the Ducks boast is this: They have outscored their opponents 176-29 in the first quarter. By halftime, the nation’s high-scoring team has racked up an average of 36 points.
If Cal, which has scored just two first-quarter touchdowns all season, follows that script in its home finale, this could get ugly. Fast.
Click here to read the rest of my story on Oregon “blur” offense.
If you’re in the mood to be frightened a bit, check out this list of Oregon’s scariest offensive numbers:
1 — Number of times Oregon has scored fewer than 23 points in first half
2:20 — Average elapsed time of 18 scoring drives the past two games
6 — Games the Ducks have scored at least 50 points
14 — Times Oregon has scored at least three touchdowns in a quarter
36.0 — Oregon’s season first-half scoring average
42 — Season-low point total for a game
43 — Rushing plays of at least 10 yards by Kenjon Barner
44.3 — First-half scoring average over the past three games
54.3 — Season scoring average, tops in NCAA and on pace for Pac-12 record
68 — Touchdowns scored in nine games
83.64 — Percentage of red zone chances (46 of 55) Oregon has scored TDs
101 — Oregon’s national ranking in time of possession
132 — Points Oregon scored in past two games
181 — Plays of 10 yards or more this season
341.22 — Average rushing yardage per game — No. 1 in the nation
MAYNARD UPDATE: No further word from Cal on the status of quarterback Zach Maynard, but it’s abundantly clear he will not play Saturday against the Ducks.
For the second straight day, Maynard left the practice field Wednesday wearing a brace on his sprained left knee and riding on a cart. He was dropped off at an elevator that takes him to the locker room, so he didn’t have to hobble down the stairway with the rest of his teammates.
Coach Jeff Tedford does not meet with reporters on Wednesday. He may provide an update Thursday, but it’s hard to imagine how Maynard could play.
Backup Allan Bridgford, taking all the first-team snaps this week, said he has not been told he will start.
The news doesn’t appear to be good, either, for senior right tackle Matt Summers-Gavin, who injured his right knee late in the Washington game last Friday. Summers-Gavin was wearing a T-shirt and knee brace as he limped toward the locker room after practice.
Here’s a story from Bob Clark of the Register-Guard in Eugene on Tedford, the one-time Oregon assistant.
Cal is not the only team playing Saturday at Memorial Stadium with injury issues along the defensive line. Here’s an Oregon notebook.
Click here for an Oregon-Cal game preview by Rick Neuheisel and Glenn Parker of the Pac-12 Networks.
Here’s an interesting piece by Yogi Roth, an analyst with the Pac-12 Networks, on how the Oregon offensive line is the key to everything the Ducks do.