FINAL SCORE: Oregon 59, Cal 17. Bears drop to 3-8, 2-6 in Pac-12 play heading into their finale next Saturday at Oregon State. The 42-point margin of defeat is the largest in the Jeff Tedford era. It was the 15th time the past four seasons the Bears have lost by 17 points or more. No. 2 Oregon improved to 10-0, 7-0 in the Pac-12. QB Marcus Mariota finished 27 for 34 for 377 yards and six TDs, tying a school record.
Isi Sofele rushed for a season-high 134 yards for the Bears. It was his eighth career 100-yard game, the third this season.
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11:43 4th Q: Been gone a while — writing for the morning edition — and this one is now in the books for Oregon. Mariota’s sixth TD pass of the night, a 7-yarder to Will Murphy, makes it 52-27.
10:07 3rd Q: Cal’s defense held after Oregon returned the second-half KO 60 yards, and the offensive line powered the Bears to a touchdown that makes it 24-17. Sofele had five carries for 54 yards on the 74-yard drive, including a 4-yard TD burst. The offensive line opened gaping holes in the Oregon defense. Sofele has 15 carries for 118 yards.
HALFTIME STATS: Oregon has 287 yards to 193 for Cal. Difference is in the passing game, where Mariota is 16 for 21 for 222 yards and two TDs. Bridgford is 7 for 12 for 87 yards and one TD. Neither has been intercepted. Cal hasn’t forced a turnover — probably needs 1 or 2 to pull off the upset.
HALFTIME: The Bears were hanging tough until the final 2:02, when the Oregon offense lived up to its “blur” nickname and went 69 yards in a span of just 1:18 to extend a 17-10 lead to 24-10 at halftime. Mariota, who had come out briefly earlier due to injury, returned and delivered a 10-yard TD pass to Josh Huff with 44 seconds left in the half. Oregon gets the ball first to start the second half — a critical series for the Cal defense.
12:11 2nd Q: Vincenzo D’Amato kicks 27-yard FG and Cal pulls within 14-10. But a great red zone chance was wasted after the Bears got to the Oregon 5.
END OF 1ST Q: Oregon outscored its first nine foes 176-29 in the first quarter. Cal hanging tough, down 14-7 and on the move. Whaddya know.
1:41 1st Q: Oregon regains the lead with an 86-yard drive, capped by a 3-yard TD burst by freshman Byron Marshall of San Jose. Marshall was in the game because Kenjon Barner had come off with a right hand injury. Ducks lead 14-7.
8:04 1st Q: I can hear the Cal crowd already: Where has Allan Bridgford been all season? Well, tonight the junior QB is starting and he just threw his first career TD pass, a 10-yarder to freshman WR Darius Powe. Two pass interference penalties against the Ducks aided the 71-yard drive, but so did effective running by Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson and a 13-yard completion from Bridgford to Chris Harper. It’s 7-7.
10:41 1st Q: Well, that didn’t take long — 2:55 to be exact. Ducks went 57 yards in seven plays, scoring on a 10-yard TD pass from Marcus Mariota to TE Colt Lyerla. Oregon leads 7-0.
COIN FLIP: Oregon wins the toss and defers. Cal will receive the opening kickoff, moving from south to north on offense.
SENIOR CEREMONIES: Cal’s 19 senior players are taking their bows and hugging their loved ones in pregame ceremonies. QB Zach Maynard, out with a left knee injury, just made the walkto his family, greeted by half-brother Keenan Allen, who is just a junior but also likely making his final appearance at a Memorial Stadium home game. Senior OT Matthew Summers-Gavin (knee) is in street clothes.
LINEUP INFO: Elk Grove native Arik Armstead, a freshman defensive tackle who considered attending Cal, will make his first career start for the Ducks.
WELCOME: The final home game of the season tonight with second-ranked Oregon visiting Memorial Stadium. A sparse crowd trickling in so far. As much green and gold as blue and gold so far. BTW: Zach Maynard is in uniform, but pretty much on the periphery as his teammates go through warmups.