Turnovers Sink Cal
September 28, 2013, 10:02 pm
Playing in monsoon-like rains, Oregon improves to 4-0 on the season after defeating California 55-16 Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.
Neither team got off to a start they wanted. Things started shaky for Oregon, when De'Anthony Thomas was knocked out of the game on the opening kickoff. Thomas tried to cut and appeared to roll his ankle before being taken down hard. He'd have to go to the locker room and would appear later on crutches with his foot in a walking boot.
Things were much, much worse for Cal, however. The Bears proceeded to cough it four times on their opening four possessions with Oregon recovering all four times. The rapid turnovers allowed the Ducks to jump out to a 27-0 lead after the opening quarter.
Cal true freshman QB Jared Goff was also pulled in the first half after having troubles holding onto the ball and clearly being rattled on his first career road start.
The four touchdowns in the first came courtesy of two Marcus Mariota passes sandwiched by a pair of Byron Marshall runs.
A Mariota touchdown on the ground and a 75-yard punt return by Bralon Addison inflated Oregon's lead to 41-3 at halftime.
Listen to Addison's 75-yard punt return
Addison would add to his fabulous day with a 67-yard punt return for a score in the third quarter, becoming the first Oregon player to return two punts for touchdowns in the same game since Cliff Harris accomplished the feat in 2010.
Thomas Tyner added one more touchdown in the third quarter to make it 55-3 before Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodriguez were brought in for Oregon to run out the clock.
A couple late Cal scores would bring the final score to 55-16 as the Ducks improve to 4-0 on the season.