Saturday, December 4, 2021

No. 9 Oregon holds off tenacious California 24-17

Eugene, Ore (NWN) —

Anthony Brown scored with 4:50 on the 11-yard keeper and ninth-placed Oregon held a surprisingly tenacious California 24-17 on Friday night.

The Golden Bears took a 17-10 lead early in the final quarter, but the Browns responded with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jaylon Redd to tie it. Ducks (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) pulled into the end zone in front of Brown’s scalper.

Cal threatens the ensuing capture. The Golden Bears got to Oregon 3 after Kekoa Crawford’s Chase Garbers protected the drive of a fourth-down pass, but his fourth and second attempts were incomplete with just 2 seconds left.

Oregon was coming off a bye after losing overtime to Stanford. The rebound win was the Ducks’ 16th consecutive win at Autzen Stadium.

Travis Dye ran for 145 yards and leaned on him as a score in the absence of CJ Wordell to Oregon, who was injured against Stanford and is out for the season. Brown threw 244 yards and a touchdown, while running for 44 yards and another score.

California (1-5, 0-3) hasn’t beaten an FBS rival this season—the team’s only win came against Sacramento State.

Garbers, who went into the game leading the league in total offense (281.2 yards per game) and third in passing yards (249 per game), threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns.

Cal, also coming off a bye, beat Oregon 21-17 last season at Berkeley, with Garbers accounting for a pair of touchdowns, one through a pass and the other on a keeper.

Wordell, who led Oregon with a run of 406 yards and six touchdowns, injured his left leg to Stanford during the Ducks’ 31-24 overtime loss. Bennett Williams, who made three interceptions this season, broke his leg in practice before the game and was ruled out for the season.

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Camden Lewis’ 49-yard field goal gave the Ducks an early lead, but Garbers responded with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jake Tongs.

Oregon sometimes stood out in terms of crime. The Ducks were driving late in the second quarter before Chris Hutson fumbled on Cal 11 and the Golden Bears came back.

Oregon went 10-7 on Dye’s 11-yard touchdown run and took the lead at halftime. Calle leveled it on a 45-yard field goal from Dario Longetto in the third quarter.

The Garbers found Gavin Reinwald with a 4-yard touchdown pass to give the Golden Bears a 17-10 lead.


California: Wide receiver Nikko Remigio and offensive lineman Will Craig returned from injuries this week. …Garbers has 43 career touchdown passes, tying him with Aaron Rodgers in eighth place at Cal.

Oregon: Oregon was without its marching band for the game due to the coronavirus outbreak among members. The university said 14 members tested positive. … The Ducks saw the return of offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, who had missed the game against Stanford due to illness. … Defensive end Kevon Thibodaux played the second half after sitting in the first half due to a targeting penalty at Stanford.


Cal hosts Colorado the following Saturday.

Oregon tours UCLA at the Rose Bowl next Saturday.


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