Cal Football vs. Oregon: Ducks Destroy Golden Bears In Third Quarter, Win 43-15

The California Golden Bears will play the Oregon Ducks on Thursday night in a crucial Thursday matchup. Can the Cal defense step up their game like last season?

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Cal vs. Oregon Score Update: De'Anthony Thomas, Kenjon Barner Pace Ducks To 43-15 Victory

The Oregon Ducks offense came out in the third quarter and did what they always do--ball out. Oregon absolutely maimed the California Golden Bears defense, taking advantage of man-to-man coverage and exploiting mismatches to break them apart. Josh Huff made big plays in one-on-one coverage with the Cal freshman cornerback Stefan McClure.

De'Anthony Thomas proved he could make plays in space out of the backfield, making two impressive touchdown catches in the corners of the end zone to put Oregon up ahead. Kenjon Barner had a huge 68 yard rush to burst things wide open. Cal simply took too many risks and left defenders on one-on-one islands, and Darron Thomas made the defense pay with big throws to the Black Mamba.  Oregon converted all their third downs in the third quarter, and it was enough to cruise them past the Bears.

The Cal defense did not get much help from their offense, as the Golden Bears got pushed off the field over and over and over again. Zach Maynard was not consistent at all and eventually got knocked out of the game. Isi Sofele had a nice game running, but the Bears didn't go to him a lot and were sunk by a poor passing attack. Keenan Allen put up 170 receiving yards on nine catches to help bail out Maynard.

LaMichael James did suffer a serious injury which you should not at all watch, but the link is here if you're a sadist.

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Cal Football vs. Oregon Score: Keenan Allen & Giorgio Tavecchio Give Golden Bears Shocking 15-14 Halftime Lead

The California Golden Bears are here to play. They've been burned by LaMichael James and the Oregon Ducks on the rushing defense early on, but they've rallied to back to hold onto a narrow halftime lead in Eugene.

Although the struggles of Zach Maynard (who has missed a lot of throws) have kept him from really taking apart the Ducks defense, Maynard's connection with his brother Keenan Allen has come in handy. Maynard found Allen on a badly thrown ball on 3rd and 19 that Allen adjusted, came back toward, and hauled in for 28 yards. Maynard then rolled out, whipped his head out, and threw one out there that Allen went down for and grabbed for the Bears's only touchdown. Add in hard rushing by Isi Sofele (93 rushing yards on ten carries), three Giorgio Tavecchio field goals (including a monster from 54 yards) and Cal is narrowly up at halftime.

The Cal defense has clearly not shown the edge responsibility they did last year, and have given up big play after big play to James. But the inside is not opening up, as the Cal defensive line has won the line of scrimmage battle with the Oregon offensive line in there. And Darron Thomas has struggled as much as Maynard, completing only 8 of 19 passes. Thomas also has a costly interception to D.J. Campbell late in the second quarter that cost the Ducks a scoring opportunity. James has had a monster game (167 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown), but that's about all that's gone right for Oregon at this point on offense.

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Cal Football vs. Oregon Score: Ducks Up 14-6 Behind LaMichael James; Zach Maynard Struggling

The California Golden Bears had two early impressive offensive drives against the Oregon Ducks defense, but couldn't punch it in the red zone. Isi Sofele (with an especially impressive 34 yard rush on the second drive) and C.J. Anderson got the rushing game going, and Zach Maynard found Keenan Allen on a short strike to the outside. The Cal passing game has struggled to get going though, particularly on 3rd down. Maynard has missed some throws, particularly on third down. Maynard overthrew Sofele in the end zone on the opening drive, then threw a ball too low to Keenan Allen on the second drive. Cal has had to settle for two Giorgio Tavecchio field goals.

Meanwhile, there'll be no repeat of the Cal defensive performance from a year ago. The Golden Bears abandoned their man-to-man defense when LaMichael James burned them early for a 53 yard touchdown by going outside to the left and the Bears had no outside contain there to hold him. Oregon again created a running lane to the outside to give James a 47 yard rush, which set up a De'Anthony Thomas end-around 17 yard touchdown run. Oregon's offense has been boom or bust, but it's enough to give the Ducks an early lead.

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Cal Vs. Oregon: TV Schedule, Announcers, Start Time, Live Online Stream And More

The Cal Golden Bears face one of the toughest games on their schedule this weekend as they face the No. 9 Oregon Ducks on the road. The Ducks are on an offensive hot streak right now, scoring no less than 56 points in each of their last three games after falling 40-27 to LSU in the season opener.

The Golden Bears, meanwhile, have struggled on the road this season at Colorado (a 36-33 overtime win) and Washington (a 31-23 loss). They will get the opportunity to make a big statement in Eugene on Thursday.

Following is an assortment of information regarding the game, including television and radio coverage:

Kickoff: 9:02 EDT/ 6:02 PST

Venue: Autzen Stadium (54,000 capacity)

Last Meeting: Oregon 15 - Cal 13; 2010

Television Coverage: ESPN will cover the game in one of Cal's three scheduled national appearances (the other two will be at USC and against Arizona State later this season).

Radio: KGO 810 (local); Sports USA Radio Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also cover the game.

Online streamESPN3 will stream the game. Click here for a list of cable/satellite companies that provide ESPN3 access.

Cal will look to replicate last season's game against the Ducks, which resulted in a two-point loss. This will be no easy task, but a quick start could jumpstart the Golden Bears and give them a fighting chance on the national stage.

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Cal vs. Oregon: Can The Golden Bears Defense Slow Down The Ducks Offense?

The California Golden Bears nearly scored one of the biggest upsets of the 2011 college football season when they held the Oregon Ducks offense to one touchdown (the other coming off a Cliff Harris punt return). Oregon did win the war with a 15-13 victory, but it did provide one of the first true blueprints to stopping Chip Kelly's unstoppable offense.

Cal defenders went to a cover-zero defense to go one-on-one with Oregon offensive players. Everyone would take a man to try and win their individual matchups. This would negate the advantages Oregon would have at the line when they left someone unblocked. The Golden Bears relied on excellent performances from linebacker Mike Mohamed (responsible for shadowing running back LaMichael James) and strong safety Chris Conte (responsible for shadowing quarterback Darron Thomas) to slow Oregon down for most of the game. If it wasn't for an inept offensive performance, Cal could have scored the upset.

This is not the same Cal defense though. Conte and Mohamed are gone, as is first round draft pick Cameron Jordan. What's left of the Golden Bears defense remains stout against the run but weak against the pass, as they've been torn up by Tyler Hansen and Keith Price in their two first road games. The second-year Thomas is arguably better than either of them, which should give Clancy Pendergast a lot of headaches trying to gameplan against him.

Mychal Kendricks (replacing Mohamed on the inside) will take over and try to shade James. Kendricks has the physical talent to stay with him, but can he make the right decisions the way Mohamed did? Kendricks is coming off an excellent performance in slowing down Chris Polk and the Washington Huskies, so there may be some hope here. It'll be critical for the Cal defensive line to win their battles at the line of scrimmage to give Kendricks the opportunity to make plays in the backfield.

The biggest issues will come in dealing with the quarterback. Sean Cattouse has been at best average in taking over for Conte, and there's no guarantee that he can handle Thomas in run support. Cal might have to rely on D.J. Campbell to shade against the Oregon quarterback while Cattouse stays back in coverage. The Bears have big question marks in defending against the Oregon offense, and they can't be easily answered until we see how they perform on the football field.

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Cal Football Vs. Oregon Odds: Opening Lines Place Golden Bears As 24-Point Underdogs

The Cal Golden Bears had a bye last week and enter Thursday's game against the No. 9 Oregon Ducks with a 3-1 record. Both squads feature high-powered offenses, but opening lines indicate that the Golden Bears are underdogs by roughly 24 points.

This may seem like a bit too much on the surface. Cal boasts the nation's 15th best scoring offense at 39.5 points per game. The Ducks lay claim to the best scoring offense in the country at 52.0 points per game. Do the math and you'll see that, on average, the Ducks should win by only 12.5 points, which is far below the point spread.

However, the Golden Bears have been shaky on the road this season. Cal struggled against the Colorado Buffaloes (who are now 1-4) and needed overtime to produce a 36-33 victory. Likewise, the team struggled against the Washington Huskies in a 31-23 loss two weeks ago. The Bears are averaging only 29.5 points per game on the road, while the Ducks are averaging 62.5 points at home.

Cal's defense, which is allowing 24.5 points per game, should limit the Ducks offense and prevent them from reaching upwards of 60 points. However, Oregon is still guaranteed to put a ton of points on the board and Cal will likely continue facing road struggles in the face of a quality opponent, making it very possible for Oregon to cover the 24-point spread.

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Cal Football vs. Oregon: Golden Bears Try To Score Huge Upset In Autzen

The California Golden Bears will play the Oregon Ducks on Thursday night in a crucial Thursday matchup. Can the Cal defense step up their game like last season?

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