Football: Oregon game thread

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Bridgeford for president!

    Tedford thank you for saving your job!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Previous QB “battles” were based on experience, with “senority” being coincidental. Plus, presuming Tedford returns next season, the seat will be so hot, he’ll have no choice but to go with the QB that actually presents the best chance to win over previous depth charts.


    What kills me is that Cal’s NFL DC is so good against the spread option, but can’t come close to slowing down the pistol.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    D’Amato + big Games = Sigh

  • Juancho

    I disagree. I think tedford becomes even more stubborn if he keeps his job.

  • I wish Mariota had broken his collarbone.

  • covinared

    halftime. the spread is holding true. bridgford does not appear to be the solution.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Pendergast’s D was horrible for those last 2 minutes of the 2nd half, very “prevent” looking.

    How often, though, have we watched a FG miss, on a drive stopped by poor play calling and/or personel, result in a big next possession for the opposition? Nearly each game.

  • Beastmode

    Bridgford is still much better than Maynard.

    Tedford’s failure to recognize this is yet another reason he needs to be fired.

  • clonedoc

    No way Tedford survives. Awful 3rd down play call against 8 dropped back…leaving a longer FG by our “terrific” kicker…Oregon TD.

  • 24-10 at half is a lot better than most expected. But Cal needs to step it up in the 2nd half or the Ducks will run over them.

  • Eric

    Bridgford has shown far more than Maynard, and we had two scoring drives with a third that could have scored. They is to keep Bridgford in the pro set/i-formation; none of this stupid shotgun sets.

  • Juancho

    Willng to bet my blog pride that tedford is our coach next year. I just dont see him getting fired. Ask dan and eric the reasons to fire him have been there for years.

    But to me just like the last few years zero signs he will be fired.

  • clonedoc

    Bridgeford missing high on some throws but let’s take this in context of no quality reps during season. He’s better overall than Maynard.

  • Juancho

    Bridgeford looks better than maynard. But so did i in high school pe.

    Bridgeford doesnt have the arm speed or accuracy. The poor guy just never was the same after his shoulder surgery. Give hinder a drive. Boehm too what do we have to lose. Lets see whatnkind of meat we can throw on the grill.

  • Beastmode

    Juancho, you hold all the cards in that bet — Win win.

  • Juancho

    Beast its actually a non starter bc i have no pride.

  • clonedoc

    Juancho if you’re right (and you may be), then it proves that our alma mater under this A.D., as has been the case in previous year and decades, cares nothing about consistently competing in football. Victory then for those who glamorize a mediocre mentality and the “…as long as we win the Big Game” approach. Even Sandy can’t be stupid enough to see all the empty seats and lack of support when there’s stadium debt to pay off.

  • Juancho

    Clonedoc spot on. I think that is the view of our ad and a lot of our alumni.

  • The 2nd half kickoff return sucked for Cal.

  • Clonedoc I do not think its a case of not caring about competing in football. The AD knows that football is the money machine. I think the real problem is they don’t know how to make it happen.

  • Juancho

    Bng i think the administration feels and maybe rightfully so that the program will still make good money even being mediocre. The differenc in attendance isnt that different this year for instance vs a ranked cal team.

    Look at the crowd tonight.

  • Juancho

    Those esp seats are for millionaires. I wish i was one. If i was a millionaire id have an espm regardless of coach or record.

  • Juancho I do not believe for a second that the athletic dept. is content with mediocrity. I think they truly want to be better. I just don’t think they have a vision of how to achieve it.

  • hey Juancho make a contribution to the Cal Baseball Endowment Fund.

  • Juancho

    I disagree.

    How many sweet 16s in basketball?
    How many rose bowls?

    Baseball which was cut made the world series at least. I think our administration works to keep cal good enough to satisfy the base. And nothing more.

    What excellnce in the big sports have we had? If they dont know how that means fire the ad. Otherwise its a this is good enough attitude bc we dont want to or cant spend more money.

  • covinared

    oregon can’t stop the inside runs, so pass wide, run wide then interception.

  • Juancho

    I have contributed to baseball sir.

  • clonedoc

    BnG, ths is a FBS school that clearly understands the importance of facilities to competing. I have a hard time understanding how they couldn’t have a quality vision of how to achieve on the field. There was a time when they had vision enough to hire a hot O-coordinator from Oregon to breathe life into the program.

  • clonedoc

    This is where I’d definitely like to see Bigelow more, bigger home run threat when we’re down in 3rd qtr. More shitty 3rd down play calling…pick up some short yardage so you don’t need to face 4th and 12 when you go for it there.

  • Beastmode

    Well, that’s game. A spirited effort.

  • covinared

    how many penalty yards will the rigsbees get?

  • Steve W

    Bridgford’s release is just too slow, and he hangs the ball in the air too much. Next!

  • Juancho

    Tedford will play oregon tough again next year.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Well chalk up that BridgeFURD as another failure from the QB guru.


    Who is next?


  • Juancho

    If theres going to be a qb competition next year then tedford gives hinder a shot today. If its all bridgford tonight get ready for bridgford to be next years maynard.

  • clonedoc

    We should be giving another qb a shot at this point.

  • Easy Ed

    Cheeto Kid please come get “Daddy”, he is drunk on the veranda at the Club with his pants around his ankles. Please get a job, save your father

  • Beastmode

    Bridg was looking good until he lost his focus, clearly better than Maynard. Should have gone to Hinder after the second pick, would have been better for all.

  • Juancho

    Arroyo will be fired

    Todd howard will be fired

    Jeff genyk will be fired

    Tedford will stay. I bet a carne asada burrito.

  • Easy Ed

    How many times do I have to see Josh Hill clap his hands after an Oregon receiver has caught a touchdown. No excuse, another gutless performance

  • Juancho

    Let me guess. Run after run after run

  • Juancho

    “The game didnt pass him by”


  • Juancho

    “Hes put some good recruiting classes together”

    No thats tosh

  • Dan

    Chalk up another lame post from The Moron

    Cheeto Kid
    Adam Morrison
    Rush Limbaugh
    The Gimp
    Daddy’s disappointment
    THE Loser
    The Prognosticator – NOT!

    What’s next?


  • Juancho

    It hurts my heart knowing zach kline made a mistake coming to cal. I liked watching him at san ramon. Now i cant help but feel he should have gone somewhere else to showcase his skill.

    History indicates hell mire on the bench and rust away like the rest.

  • Dan

    Matt Millen = Moron

  • gobears91

    Please stop blaming injuries!! We were fine healthwise when we lost to Nevada, struggled against S. Utah, and got boatraced by ‘SC. As Chip Kelly says, “what injuries? Just means the next guy has to be ready to step up.”
    Oregon completely ignores injuries while that’s all we talk about. They now even have the commentators drinking the cool aid. I don’t care how many ‘coach of the year” awards JT has, he’s lost focus, lost control of the team, and is now outmatched by a majority of the other coaches in our Conference. By the way, Chizik won a National Championship 2 years ago and he’s about to be fired. It’s a tough business. I actually like Tedford but it’s time for us to move on as well. I gave away all my tickets this year and won’t attend another game until we make a change.

  • Easy Ed

    Tedford will be back after some major housecleaning of his staff.

  • Beastmode

    We’ve already gone down the staff reorg path, and it didn’t work. If Cal can’t afford to fire Tedford this year, the team must keep these recent hires to save money. Clancy is the only assistant whose contract is up.

  • Juancho

    Agree with ed. Its obvious the injury message has hit the media and hes back. Like always hell fire some guys, basketball will start, well move on with our lives and tedford will be back.