Ducks Up 38-28 On Cal at the Half

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – with just 41 seconds left in the second quarter, Marcus Mriota hit Dwayne Stanford to extend Oregon’s lead to 38-28 following the successful point after by Aidan Schneider. The first half was a scoring frenzy the two teams racked up almost 600 yards of combined offense.

Marcus Mariota gave up his first interception of the year when a ball was tipped in the California endzone and landed in the arms of Stefan McClure, who was on his back, prone. Oregon would get the ball back and score the last touchdown. That was the second time in the game that Mariota and Stanford hooked up for a touchdown. The pair combined for the first Oregon score of the night in a response touchdown to Cal when back up QB, Luke Rubenar ran the ball in from the Oregon 12 for the first score of the game.

The two teams exchanged TD twice in the first quarter with Cal scoring on a 19-yard run by Vic Enwere. The Ducks responded when Byrce Freeman went in from 4-yards out.

Oregon’s scoring continued in the second quarter when Schneider kicked a 23-yard field goal giving Oregon a 17-14 lead. Oregon scored again when Mariota hit his second TD pass of the night, this time to tight end Pharaoh Brown. When Oregon forced Cal to punt on the ensuing drive, freshman Charles Nelson returned the punt for a 58-yard score giving Oregon a 31-14 lead following the PAT.

Cal then found some magic and scored the next two touchdowns, first when Jerad Goff hit Stephen Anderson on an 11-yard TD passing play. Oregon turned the ball over on the next possession when the ball was stripped out of Royce Freeman’s arms and call scored on a high-dive by Daniel Lasco.

For the half Mariota was 11-for-18, 190 yards, three TDs and one interception. Goff was 15-for-25 for 168 yards one TD.

Lasco is the leading rusher in the game with 49 yards for Cal while Freeman has 46 yards for Oregon.

Oregon has 318 yards of total offense to Cal’s 285.

Oregon will receive the ball at the start of the second half.

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