Despite giving up 474 rushing yards (455 in regulation) and passing for just 125, California -- plagued by 10 penalties for 85 yards and a zone-read scheme that saw Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson run for 105 yards -- managed to score 17 straight points against the 1-3 Beavers in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1715294-fifth-quarter-cal-...With both teams' top playmakers -- Oregon State's Ryan Nall (221 rushing yards on the night) and Cal's Chad Hansen -- leaving the game with injury early in the fourth quarter, it was Garretson who turned potential disaster into a 47-44 win.
When a third-down-and-two snap went wide to his left, Garretson gathered the ball in, cut up the middle and closed out the Beavers' first Pac-12 win under Gary Andersen, downing the Bears -- who had beaten two ranked teams at home in the last three weeks -- and breaking a 10-game Pac-12 losing streak for Oregon State (2-3, 1-1 in Pac-12).
"The snap was a little off to the left, I kind of freaked out a little bit, grabbed it, and thought 'Get downhill, get downhill,' and they over-pursued, because Vic [Bolden] was having a good night, so I cut back and it was there," Garretson said. "It's indescribable winning like that. That's a good team, and a fantastic quarterback in Davis Webb."
The 89th passing defense in the nation -- missing one of its top cornerbacks -- held Hansen -- the nation's second-leading receiver -- to four catches on 10 targets for 16 yards, before he left with 8:36 left in the game, after being rolled up on a screen block by Shemiah Unutoa-Whitson, and was helped off the field.
Webb -- the nation's second-leading passer -- went 23-of-44 for 113 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, and had only one pass over 12 yards, and went 13-of-26 in the second half.
"We were able to run the ball in the second half, a little bit. Davis hurt his hand in the first half, had a hard time gripping the ball," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "We felt like he still gave us the best opportunity to win. He clearly didn't throw the ball like he normally throws it. We'll evaluate and see where we go from here, but I thought he toughed it out, fought through it and got us back in the ballgame and had a chance to win it."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1715353-notebook-cal-vs-or...Webb's injury is still too fresh to know anything concrete, but Dykes did say that he hurt it on the second possession.
Meanwhile, while the linebackers and defensive line minded Victor Bolden, the little-used 6-foot-2, 234-pound wrecking ball Nall -- who had 49 carries for 211 yards all season -- ran for more yards by himself than the Beavers have run in a game as a team against a FBS team in 2016, with an 80-yard touchdown rumble to start the second half and a 62-yarder with 2:48 left in the third quarter. Nall left the field at 10:22 and was carted off.
The form tackling and point-holding defense that held Arizona State to 100 yards below its season average on the ground, and held No. 18 Utah to 4.45 yards per play a week ago disappeared against arguably the worst offensive line in the Pac-12.
The Oregon State front -- which was missing two players to cancer, one to bereavement and one to injury, playing a true freshman just up from the scout team, and playing a tackle that had figured to redshirt the year wth an ankle injury -- dominated the line of scrimmage against Cal (3-3, 1-2) on Saturday.
"It's the offensive line," Garretson said when asked about the key to the win. "Those guys pushed them around for 474 rushing yards, and I can't thank those guys enough. All the offensive line gets credit for this. It's all up front."
The Beavers churned out six drives of over 70 yards. Cal had allowed no more than four drives in a single game of over 70 yards (4 vs. Hawaii, 3 vs. San Diego State, 3 vs. Texas, 3 vs. Arizona State, 2 vs. Utah) this season.
Oregon State did not punt for the first time until there was 5:28 left in the game.
For the first time since last year's Big Game loss to Stanford, Cal failed to score a first-half offensive touchdown, and needed a lucky-bounce pick-six thanks to a deflection by Marloshawn Franklin into the hands of Ray Davison, and a tipped 31-yard field goal try by Matt Anderson that bounced in off the cross bar to only trail Oregon State 17-10 at the break. The score, though, was in no way representative of the first 30 minutes of football.
"We did not play well in the first half," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "That was pretty clear. We talked to our players all week about how important it was to get off to a good start, and did not get off to a good start. We really struggled to get off the field on defense, and struggled to execute anything on offense."
Instead of playing quarters or cover-2, the Beavers played man coverage against Cal's speedy receiving corps, but that speed was held in neutral as the offense went three-and-out three times, and Webb went 10-of-18 for just 36 yards before the break, including 0-for-5 on passes of over 15 yards.
Oregon State rolled coverage towards Hansen, with Treston Decoud holding him to two catches and two yards in the first half, with one drop in the end zone.
Xavier Crawford blanketed dynamic freshman Demetris Robertson, who had little to no experience playing against man coverage coming into Saturday. Robertson finished with a team-high five catches for 29 yards.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1715346-quotebook-we-came-...Safety Devin Chappell came underneath Melquise Stovall on a wheel for a pick with 5:25 left in the first half, though the Bears got the ball back with the second career interception for DePriest Turner.
Cal was out-classed on the line of scrimmage, giving up 175 rushing yards in the first half -- more than the Bears have given up in each of the last two games. The entire Bears defensive line was regularly stood up and denied leverage by the Beavers' patchwork offensive line.
"I just told them that I didn't think we deserved to win, because we just, to go on the road, and play in this league, you have to play four quarters," Dykes said. "You have to play well for four quarters. We sleep-walked for the first half. We just didn't play well."
In the fourth quarter, the Bears rushed 15 times for 134 yards, and Cal finished the game with a season-high 317 yards, led by 165 from Khalfani Muhammad on 21 carries, and 134 on 16 carries from Tre Watson.
"Our guys fought hard in the second half, but I felt like it was too little, too late," Dykes said. "When you got off to that bad of a start, and dug ourselves that big of a hole, it's hard to come back from. Just a disappointing night."
Cal has a bye week coming up when the Bears return to Berkeley, before hosting Oregon in a Friday-night match-up on Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., on ESPN. The Ducks were trounced by No. 5 Washington, 70-21, with freshman quarterback Justin Herbert at the helm.null