Cal vs. Oregon State
KICKOFF: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
TV/RADIO: Pac-12 Networks; 810-AM.
RECORDS: Cal 4-4, 2-4 in Pac-12; Oregon State 4-3, 1-3.
SERIES HISTORY: Cal leads 34-32. Oregon Steve has won two in a row, including 49-17 in 2013.
STORYLINES: With four games left, Cal must win at least twice to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2011 season. After OSU, the Bears have a bye, then play at USC and at home vs. Stanford and BYU. . . . Cal has not won a game in the state of Oregon since 2007, losing the past six to OSU and Oregon by a combined margin of 271-76. Only one of those six was closer than 28 points. . . . OSU senior quarterback and Pleasanton native Sean Mannion needs 194 passing yards to eclipse the Pac-12 career record of 12,327, set by USC’s Matt Barkley (2009-12). . . . OSU has won just one of its past nine Pac-12 games.
INJURY UPDATE: Cal: S Avery Sebastian (quadriceps), WR Trevor Davis (neck), WR Kenny Lawler (ankle) and DE Brennan Scarlett (knee) are out. Oregon State: RB Storm Woods (knee) will play; DE Jashwa James (knee) is questionable; DE Lavonte Barnett (ankle) is doubtful; WR Richard Mullaney (elbow), OL Gavin Andrews (ankle), C Isaac Seumalo (foot), TE Kellen Clute (knee), DT Jalen Grimble (knee), DT Noke Tago (knee) are out.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal’s defensive front vs. Oregon State’s offensive line. The Beavers started three sophomores on their O-line last week and got nowhere against Stanford’s stout defense. OSU has absorbed 23 sacks and ranks 11th in the Pac-12 in rushing. Cal’s defensive key is to stop the run and put pressure on quarterback Sean Mannion, who has a big arm but limited mobility. The Bears have defended the run well this season, but are 106th nationally with just 11 sacks.
STATS THAT MATTER: Cal has generated 19 offensive plays of at least 40 yards this season, compared to just 14 all of last season. . . . QB Jared Goff needs 217 passing yards to move past Gale Gilbert into sixth on Cal’s career list. . . . Cal has scored 26 touchdowns on drives of less than 2 minutes, second in the Pac-12 (behind Oregon with 28). OSU has just seven TD drives of that brevity. . . . Freshman reserve QB Luke Rubenzer, in just 48 combined rushes and passes, has produced five touchdowns for the Bears.