EUGENE, Ore. -- What was good in Cal's 44-28 loss to Oregon? Special teams. The Bears had two blocked punts -- the only two punts the Ducks had all game.
What was bad? Most everything else. From missed tackles to a program-high 777 yards of total offense by Oregon (including 7.7 yards per carry on the ground and 477 total rushing yards) to quarterback Jared Goff having an 18-for-41 performance for 329 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. Wide receiver Kenny Lawler went down at the half, but was on the sideline in the second, due to an unspecified injury. Stefan McClure also went down with an unspecified injury. All in all, the Bears are headed home from Eugene battered, bruised and perhaps broken, with Oregon State on the horizon a week from Saturday.
Some more numbers from the loss: Oregon was 10-of-17 on third downs, had two sacks for 17 yards, broke up nine passes (with four Cal drops included in those) and four quarterback hurries as Goff was under fire most of the night (the Bears did not use the two-back, tight-end-attached sets that worked so well last week with any regularity until the third quarter).
Going down 10-3 after the first quarter, the Ducks had only produced four explosive plays -- rushes of 12 yards or more, passes of 20 yards or more -- and two of those came on their field goal drive at 1:49. That's four out of 25 total plays in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, when Oregon outscored the Bears 28-0, they tallied eight such plays on 24 plays, including four in a row following a three-and-out by Cal with 11:28 to go in the half. Those four were a 16-yard rush by Royce Freeman, then a 19-yard Freeman gash, a 15-yard run by Kani Benoit and then a 28-yard pass from Vernon Adams to Bralon Addison. Adams escaped pressure, kept the play alive with his legs, as Marcus Manley could not disengage from his blocker (replays showed he may have been held, and he did go down following the play), and Addison freed himself of Damariay Drew at the one-yard line, then side-stepped into the end zone.
In the second half, out of 43 plays, the Ducks spread out eight explosive plays, including a 20-yard touchdown strike from Adams to Charles Nelson, which saw Nelson matched up one-on-one against linebacker Devante Downs out of a two-back set and a play-action.0 0 1 31 148 GorceyCo, LLC 2 1 178 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE