Anthony Brown, Quarterback for Oregon, shut down the noise and led the team to a 4th-quarter victory. The defense then won the game over California.
Brown was able to score on an 11-yard goalkeeper at 4:50 and the 9th-ranked Ducks beat Cal 24-17, who were surprisingly determined on Friday night.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Golden Bears led 17-10. But Brown responded with a touchdown pass of 20 yards to Jaylon Redd for a tie. Brown’s sprint into the endzone put the Ducks in front (5-1, 2/1 Pac-12).
Cal made threats on the following possession. The Oregon 3 was reached by the Golden Bears after Chase Garbers made a fourth down pass to Kekoa Clark, which preserved the drive. However, his 4th-and-2 attempt in 2 seconds fell flat.
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Following an overtime Stanford loss, Oregon was on a bye. The rebound win was the Ducks’ 16th straight victory at Autzen Stadium.
Travis Dye ran 145 yards with a touchdown as Oregon lean on him.
Brown was able to throw for 244 yards and one touchdown while running for 44 yards. He was jeered by Autzen fans earlier in game when Oregon’s offense stopped.
“He’s a great leader, he’s willing to step up in those big moments and he’s not afraid to shy away from those moments. Ryan Walk, an offensive lineman said that Ryan has seen Ryan walk repeatedly demonstrate this trait. He showed that every time he was in the game, even when it got tough.
California (1-5, 0-3) has not defeated an FBS opponent this season — the team’s lone win came against Sacramento State.
Garbers led the league in total offense at 281.2 yards per match and was third in passing yards (349 per game). He threw for 242 yard and two touchdowns.
Cal also came off a bye and defeated Oregon in Berkeley 21-17. Garbers scored two touchdowns via pass, the second on a keeper.
“It’s very frustrating, extremely frustrating, so there’s no other adjectives to use, it’s very frustrating,” Cal coach Justin Wilcox said.
Verdell, who led Oregon with 406 yards rushing and six touchdowns, injured his left leg during the Ducks’ 31-24 overtime loss to Stanford. Bennett Williams broke his leg during practice prior to the game, and was out the rest of the season.
Camden Lewis’ 49 yard field goal gave the Ducks an early lead. However, Garbers responded with a touchdown pass of 9 yards to Jake Tonges.
Oregon’s offense looked confused at times. Late in the second quarter, the Ducks drove and Kris Hutson lost the Cal 11. The Golden Bears then recovered.
Oregon took the lead at halftime with a 10-7 victory thanks to Dye’s 11 yard touchdown run. Cal tied it with Dario Langhetto’s 45 yard field goal in the third period.
Garbers discovered Gavin Reinwald by throwing a touchdown to him from 4 yards. This gave the Golden Bears an 11-10 advantage.
“We scored there in the final minutes of the game. Wilcox explained that after scoring, they returned with a large kick return. They then scored again and tied the game. So the momentum seems to have changed a bit. I thought the guys stayed with it and kept competing really in every phase, and that gave us a chance to win the game in the end, but unfortunately we didn’t quite get it done.”
California: Nikko Reminigio (wide receiver) and Will Craig (offensive tackle), were back after injuries. Garbers now has 43 career touchdown passes at Cal. This is tied for eighth with Aaron Rodgers.
Oregon: Oregon’s marching band was unable to attend the Oregon game due to a coronavirus epidemic among its members. University officials confirmed that 14 students had been positive. … Joe Moorhead (Offensive Coordinator) was back for the Ducks. He missed Stanford’s match against Stanford due to illness. … Kayvon Thibodeaux, defensive end, played the second period after sitting out Stanford’s first due to a Stanford-imposed targeting penalty.
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Cristobal was happy with Dye’s performance in Verdell’s absence.
He made a huge impact with his style of play, his energy and his leadership. This was evident all week. Cristobal stated that he was the guy who spoke with the team prior to the game. His message was powerful and came from the heart.
Cal hosts Colorado next Saturday.
Next Saturday, Oregon hosts UCLA at Rose Bowl.
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