Comparing the Oregon offense against the California defense.

In Part 2 of the Cal-Oregon preview, Ryan Gorcey and Steve Summers look at the match up of the Oregon offense against the California defense. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Autzen Stadium and will be carried on ESPN2.

In describing the Oregon offense in 2014 there were two words -- Marcus Mariota.

Mariota has gone to the NFL but now the easiest way to describe the Duck high flying offense is Vernon Adams. 

This year the Ducks flock around what Adams can do, and that is a lot. Adams has thrown for 1,168 yards in five games (233.6 ypg) 10 touchdowns with three interceptions. Last week, Adams was in his zone when he threw four TD passes including one of the most spectacular plays of the season to get the Ducks into overtime, when he evaded tacklers and threw a last all-or-nothing pass into the endzone that was caught by Dwayne Stanford. That play earned Stanford the Vines Play of the Week, as voted upon by fans and Adams was named Offensive Player of the Week by the conference.

WR Darren Carrington has emerged as Adams’ favorite go to guy and has caught three TDs in two games. Stanford also had three TD grabs while Bralon Addison has four TD receptions for the year. Adams will also have his radar on for Devon Allen, the speedster who can change the complexion of a game in one play.

Oregon’s running game is led by Royce Freeman with his 138.6 ypg average and 11 TDs.

California’s defense is led by Hardy Nickerson’s 53 tackles (25 solos). Kyle Kragen leads the team with five sacks. The Bears have recorded 20 sacks so far this year. Cal also has 12 interceptions for the year.

Overall, the Bears are allowing 26.8 ppg compared to Oregon’s 42.0 ppg scoring average. The allow 418.4 ypg while Oregon gains 514.4 ypg.


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