GameDay is here for the Oregon Ducks!
The Oregon Ducks will be on the road to take on the California Golden Bears in a big game for the Ducks as they continue to march their way towards the Pac-12 Championship, while the California Golden bears are trying to end a three-game losing streak and get themselves one win closer to bowl eligibility. With a 12:30 kickoff the Ducks will once again be playing in front of most of the country, giving a good chance for the nation to catch the Ducks in action.
“I think anybody that turns on the TV any Saturday night is going to realize every week that you can’t predict college football. I’m watching film earlier today for this game and last year came down to the last few seconds of fourth and two at the goal line,” Oregon head coach Dan Lanning said earlier this week. “So we have to bring our best every single week to be able to perform to the level we think is necessary and capable. Again, I have a lot of respect for Cal, we’re playing Oregon this week. We have to get the best version of us and be able to play really well. And we want to play better at the end than we are right now. And that’s what we’re looking for, growth. But this team is very capable.”
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Oregon is one of just three teams in the nation to reach its conference title game each of the last three years. The Ducks are also one of eight FBS teams to have five returning starters on the offensive line entering the 2022 season. This is the fourth straight year the Duck program has started the year ranked inside the Top 11 for the AP Poll.
Going into the year, 13 Ducks earned preseason Pac-12 All-Conference honors, including four on the first team (TJ Bass, Brandon Dorlus, Alex Forysth, and Noah Sewell). The Ducks go into Saturday’s game as one of the youngest teams in college football. The Ducks have 96 underclassmen on its roster, making up 76.2 percent of the roster. That number is tied for the fourth-most in the nation. Four true freshmen played in Oregon’s season-opener against Georgia: offensive tackle Josh Conerly Jr, running back Jordan James, cornerback Jahlil Florence, and linebacker Devon Jackson.
Oregon’s fourth down attempt at the Cal 14 failed, turning the ball over to the Bears with 8:10 to play in the first quarter. Cal quarterback Jack Plummer completed a deep pass down the left side of the field to Michael Sturdviant for a gain of 35 to the Cal 49. Freshman running back Jaydn Ott rushed for nine yards on a second down carry to convert the Bears’ second first down of the drive. Plummer connected on passes of 11 and 14 yards for two more first downs, with the second getting the ball to the Oregon 15. Oregon safety Steve Stephens broke up a pass in the end zone for a potential touchdown, and that forced a field goal by Cal.
Cal 3, Oregon 0, 1st Quarter 4:01
Trailing by three, Oregon’s offense responded to good field position set up by a punt return by Kris Hutson to the Cal 47. Sean Dollars got a rush for seven yards, and then two plays later caught a pass for 26 more yards to the Cal 10. After Oregon gained three yards on its first two plays inside the 10, the first quarter ended. On 3rd and goal from the four, Bo Nix ran a QB keeper, pump-faked a pass to slow down a defender, and then cut up field for a touchdown run.
Oregon 7, Cal 3, 2nd Quarter 14:56
The Bears offense was tasked with having to respond to a good Oregon drive, and they did just that. Jack Plummer threw his longest pass of his career on a 57 yard pass to Jeremiah Hunter to the Duck 18. Four plays later, Plummer found Sturdivant for a six-yard touchdown pass in the corner against Oregon cornerback Trikweze Bridges.
Oregon 7, Cal 10, 2nd Quarter 13:08
Trailing again midway through the second quarter, the Oregon offense put together a strong drive to regain the lead. Bo Nix completed passes for 5, 12, and then 22 yards to get to the Cal 24. Bucky Irving and Noah Whittington rushed for a combined 14 yards to the Cal 10, and then Whittington got nine more yards on a first down carry. Nix went QB sneak on the 2nd down play from the Cal one for his second touchdown of the game.
Oregon 14, Cal 10, 2nd Quarter 4:14
Oregon got the ball to start the second half and they put together their best drive of the game to that point. The Ducks gain eight yards on its first two plays before Bo Nix scrambled to his right and then threw across the field to the left hash to a wide open Kris Hutson for a gain of 26. Nix then hit Whittington for 12 yards on a pass down the left sideline, and then on the next play hit Whittington again on a crossing route, who then went up field quickly for a 29-yard touchdown pass.
Oregon 28, Cal 10, 3rd Quarter 12:45
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GameDay is here for the Oregon Ducks!