The No.13 Oregon Ducks improved to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Pac-12 with a 17-7 win over California Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.

The Ducks will see on Sunday how far up they move in the AP Poll before they host Colorado on a short week next Friday night.  The Buffaloes lost at home to Arizona on Saturday 35-30.

Oregon will then face Washington in a massive rivalry showdown in Seattle on Oct. 19th.

The Ducks outgained California 404-256 in the game including a 190-66 edge on the ground.  Quarterback Justin Herbert extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 33 when he found Jaylon Redd on a motion to the flat route in the fourth quarter that made 17-7 Ducks.

Oregon sputtered early thanks to turnovers on each of their first three offensive possessions of the game, including Herbert’s first interception of the season.  Cal was only able to muster a single score out of the opportunities, however, getting their lone touchdown of the game midway through the first quarter from backup quarterback Devon Modster to running back Chris Brown Jr. for 22 yards.

Oregon trailed 7-0 at the half, but rallied for ten points in the third period before adding the Herbert-to-Redd score in the fourth.

Oregon went 5-for-13 on third down, and committed three turnovers, all in their first three possessions of the game.  The Ducks defense forced Cal into two turnovers, including an interception from senior linebacker Troy Dye that helped snuff any hope of a Golden Bear comeback.

The Ducks (4-1) stay at Autzen Stadium next Friday night to host the Colorado Buffaloes (3-2).  The game will be at 7pm start on FS1.

 

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