Oregon had a very slow start offensively against the California Golden Bears this afternoon, but the Ducks shook off a scoreless first quarter, scored 42 points over the remainder of the contest, and won 42 – 24. Oregon moved to 7 – 1 overall and 5 – 0 and the only undefeated team in the Pac-12 Conference. Quarterback Bo Nix again led Oregon, going 27 – 35 for 412 yards. Nix accounted for all six Oregon touchdowns, throwing for 3 and running for another 3. Nix also threw 2 interceptions, one of which bounced off Troy Franklin’s hands at the Cal 4-yard line as the Ducks were looking to take a lead in the 2nd quarter. Noah Whittington led Oregon rushers with 66 yards on 10 carries, while Nix had 59 yards on 12 carries. Bucky Irving never really got going, gaining only 32 yards on 11 carries, but catching 3 passes for 61 yards. Whittington also had 5 catches for 67 yards, and Kris Hutson led the receiving core with 4 catches for 67 yards.
It was an up-and-down game for Oregon, one of its least consistent this month. The Ducks scored 6 touchdowns, but took 12 possessions to do it, and the defense ran hot-and-cold against Cal starting quarterback Jack Plummer. After Plummer took a hard tackle while scrambling late in the third quarter he went to the sidelines and was replaced by Freshman Kai Millner for the fourth quarter. In garbage time, and with some bench-emptying by Oregon on defense, Millner carved up the Ducks going 8-11 for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns to make the game look much closer than it actually was.
Further game details to come