Common Opponents - California
Monday, November 30, 8:00 a.m. PST
In the eight days leading up to the Civil War, Duck Feed is serving up a comparison of how the Ducks and Beavers have fared against their eight common opponents this season. We've discussed WSU, Washington, Arizona State, UCLA and Arizona - next up the standings is California.
Unranked Oregon ripped then-No. 6 Cal, 42-3, at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 26. Oregon State made a big road statement in its 31-14 win in Berkeley on Nov. 7.
How it Went Down
Oregon neutralized Jahvid Best, a Heisman Trophy frontrunner at the time, and put quarterback Kevin Riley under constant pressure, limiting Cal's total output to a first-quarter field goal. Jeremiah Masoli completed 21-of-25 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns as the Ducks out-gained the Bears, 524 yards to 207.
The Beavers jumped on top of Cal, 14-0, before Best scored in the second quarter to cut the lead in half. However, Best suffered a head injury on the play and was lost for the game (and possibly the season) and his teammates never recovered. The Bears bottled up the OSU running game, but Sean Canfield missed only 10 of 39 passing attempts and even ran for a touchdown in the Beavers' most impressive road victory of the season.
Tied 3-3 after the first quarter, Masoli put the Ducks ahead to stay with a 26-yard TD pass to Ed Dickson, jump-starting both players for the rest of the game and arguably the rest of the season.
Jordan Bishop caught a 3-yard TD from Canfield with less than two minutes to play in the first half, giving the Beavers momentum and a 21-7 lead.
Dickson caught 11 passes for 148 yards and three TDs. LaMichael James made the most of his first Pac-10 game, running 21 times for 118 yards and a score.
Canfield finished with 342 yards and totaled three TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing). His main target was Joe Halahuni, who caught six balls for 128 yards.
The Ducks were 5-for-5 in the Red Zone and the Beavers 4-for-4. OSU averaged 11.8 yards per completion, UO 11.5.
The Ducks netted 236 yards on the ground on 52 carries. Oregon State ran 39 times for 94 yards. Oregon State was 11-of-18 on third-down, the Ducks converted 7-of-15.
Cal was a bit overrated coming into the season and Oregon and Oregon State took full advantage of their respective opportunities. For the Ducks, the win would allow them to finally put their poor performance against Boise State to rest. For the Beavers, they were able to climb over their final true hurdle in the regular season prior to the Civil War.