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Oregon Survives Cal, Ducks Defense Comes Up Big

(Andy Nelson/The Register Guard)

Oregon Survives Cal: 24-17

Kayvon Thibodeaux did not play in the first half for the Oregon Ducks, as he was forced to sit out the first half of the game due to a targeting call two weeks ago. But when the future No. 1 overall pick returned for the Ducks in the second half he provided a lot of energy for the Oregon defense. He was shredding through the Cal offensive line and causing havoc for Chase Garbers in the second half.

The California Golden Bears took the lead early on in the game, while the Ducks turned it over twice and struggled all with the passing game in the first half. Cal was held to a field goal in the third quarter.


The Ducks run game looked like it hadn’t lost a beat. With CJ Verdell out, Travis Dye stepped up and led the Ducks in both rushing (19 carries for 145 yards) and receiving (7 receptions for 73 yards).

Cries for quarterback Anthony Brown to be replaced echoed at near-deafening levels at Autzen Stadium in the third quarter. But the story of the game in the second half for the Ducks was the turnaround from Anthony Brown in the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, Brown recorded both a passing TD and a rushing TD.

The ducks looked somewhat lost on defense in the first quarter without their star defensive player, but they came together and held it down in the second. They were fueled after halftime by the fire and drive of Thibodeaux.

It was the Ducks defense who allowed Cal to get to the goal line, though this time not allowing the TD to tie the game at the end of regulation. Oregon defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter called for a blitz on the 4th and goal, and it paid off.


With how many yards the Cal defense gave up on the ground, they’re lucky that it was not a blowout. Garbers kept them in the game with the two passing touchdowns. Just like last year against the Ducks, Justin Wilcox and his crew put together a nice game plan in which they had a chance to win.

The problem for Cal was not being able to utilize the run game as well as the lack of stopping that of the Ducks.


A perfect game to have on ‘Pac-12 After Dark.’

With the win, the Ducks jump back into first place of the Pac-12 North. They also keep their college football hopes alive. Though they will still need some teams ahead of them to lose to have a significant chance. For the California Golden Bears, they move to 0-3 in the Pac-12 and 1-5 on the season.


Next week the Ducks will take on Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins.

For Cal, they will go up against Colorado Buffaloes.

TL//DR: Oregon Survives Cal: 24-17


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