NCAA Game Summary - California at Oregon|
(Saturday, September 26th)
Final Score: Oregon 42, (6) California 3
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - Jeremiah Masoli threw for 253 yards and three
touchdowns, as Oregon blew out No. 6 California, 42-3, in the Pac-10 opener
for both schools.
Masoli completed 21-of-25 passes and LaMichael James rushed for 118 yards and
a score for the Ducks (3-1, 1-0 Pac-10), who notched their largest margin of
victory ever at home over the Golden Bears. The previous mark was 31 points,
set in 1973.
The Ducks rolled up 524 yards of offense to just 207 for the Golden Bears.
Tight end Ed Dickson caught 11 passes for 148 yards and three scores.
"We know we have the talent and the ability to stop anyone," said Dickson.
"It's amazing to come out here as underdogs and beat Cal. It's a huge
confidence boost for the whole team. We needed this win. The atmosphere at
Autzen was amazing and all the fans really contributed to this win today."
Oregon has won at home over the Golden Bears in eight of the last nine such
encounters. California had won the previous three overall meetings.
Kevin Riley was limited to 123 yards passing on 12-of-31 efficiency for the
Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1).
California running back Jahvid Best had 55 yards on the ground, all in the
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, who was the Ducks' offensive coordinator from
1998-2001, saw his team dominated, as the visitors fell behind by a hefty 25-3
margin at the half and never recovered.
"Momentum was in their favor pretty much all game," said Tedford. "I'm really
impressed with their defensive front and I give them all the credit."
Vince D'Amato kicked a 47-yard field goal just one minute into the game, but
Morgan Flint's 30-yarder tied it for the Ducks with just under six minutes
remaining in the opening quarter.
Oregon exploded for 22 points in the second quarter. Masoli hit Dickson for a
26-yard score on the opening play of the period, and the Ducks converted the
two points via pass from Nate Costa to Flint.
After D'Amato missed a field goal, each team fumbled the ball away - Masoli
for Oregon and Best for Cal.
The latter led to Remene Alston, Jr.'s one-yard TD run for an 18-3 difference,
and James scored on a four-yard run in the final minute of the half.
Masoli and Dickson hooked up from nine yards away in the third and again from
36 yards with nearly two minutes left in the same quarter. That completed a
12-play, 96-yard drive.
Flint booted a 42-yard field goal in the fourth.
Cal hosts Southern California next Saturday, while the Ducks are home against
Washington State...Cal was 3-of-15 on third down conversions...Oregon had five
sacks...Oregon's 39-point margin of victory against Cal was the highest in the
series since a 48-7 Ducks win in Berkeley in 2001...The Ducks were 5-of-5 in
red zone scoring chances while Cal never reached Oregon's 20-yard line in the
contest...Chip Kelly became the first Oregon head coach since Prink Callison
in 1932 to win his first three games in Eugene.
09/26 20:51:06 ET