Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Marcus Mariota tied a school record by
throwing six touchdown passes, second-ranked Oregon rolled in the second half
to beat California, 59-17, with an eye at possibly being the No. 1 team in the
With Alabama's loss to Texas A&M earlier Saturday, the Ducks were positioned
to take over the top spot in the national rankings and should move into the
top 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The Ducks entered Saturday at
No. 3 in the BCS.
Josh Huff had three touchdown grabs for the Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12), who own
the nation's current longest winning streak at 13 games. They've scored at
least 42 points in all of those contests, the longest such streak in the BCS
era. They scored the final 35 points of Saturday's game.
Oregon faces a stiff test by hosting nationally-ranked Stanford next Saturday
before finishing the regular season at Oregon State.
Mariota, who shook off an apparent shoulder injury in the second quarter,
finished 27-of-34 for 377 yards. Heisman Trophy candidate running back Kenjon
Barner fought through a right hand problem for the Ducks. He ended with 20
carries for 65 yards.
Allan Bridgford connected on 9-of-21 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, but
was picked off twice for the Golden Bears (3-8, 2-6), who have lost four in a
Isi Sofele, who gained 134 yards on 15 carries, scored on a 4-yard run
nearly five minutes into the third quarter to get Cal within 24-17.
The Golden Bears then forced a punt, but committed a crucial mistake next time
on offense. On 3rd-and-9, Bridgford was pressured up the middle and was picked
off by Boseko Lokombo.
On the next play, Mariota threw a short pass to Huff on the right side of the
field, and it turned into a 35-yard touchdown.
Bridgford threw incomplete on fourth down on the next series, and Mariota
expanded the margin to 38-17 with a 39-yard bomb to Huff.
Mariota passed 14 yards to Colt Lyerla and 7 yards to Will Murphy for TDs in
the fourth quarter, the second one coming after Bridgford was intercepted by
Bryan Bennett threw an 18-yard TD pass to B.J. Kelley.
Before the game turned into a rout, injuries seemed to play a big part for the
Mariota scrambled for a 16-yard gain to the Cal 3 midway through the second
quarter. His shoulder banged to the turf, and he signaled to the sideline to
exit the game.
Bennett entered, and the Ducks got a field goal from Alejandro Maldonado for a
Late in the first quarter, Barner, who ran for a school-record 321 yards and
five touchdowns in last week's victory over Southern California, rushed up the
middle for a first down. He then left the field wincing in pain while holding
his right hand. Barner went to the locker room and had the hand taped before
returning to action in the second quarter.
Mariota threw a 10-yard TD pass to Lyerla before Bridgford countered with a
10-yard toss to Darius Powe.
Byron Marshall scored on a 3-yard run late in the first quarter for the Ducks
before Vincenzo D'Amato split the uprights from 27 yards for a 14-10 margin
early in the second.
Mariota's 10-yard TD pass to Huff in the final minute of the half boosted the
difference to 24-10.
Oregon has scored 30 or more points in 23 straight games, breaking the NCAA
record held by Oklahoma State (2011-12) and Hawaii (2006-07) ... Since 2010,
the Ducks are 34-3, including 32 victories of 10 or more points and 24 of 20-
plus ... Oregon starting defensive back Avery Patterson suffered a left knee
injury in the final seconds of the first quarter. Patterson, who limped off
the field in obvious pain, tried to make a tackle on Cal running back
Sofele. Patterson's knee buckled as he went to the turf. Patterson was on
crutches along the sideline in the second half ... Huff had five grabs for 109
yards and De'Anthony Thomas tallied eight receptions for 101 yards. Oregon had
575 yards of offense.
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