Cal may be just 5-4 on the year, but the Bears are an entirely different team at home in Strawberry Canyon. Oregon's learning that much tonight.
The Ducks' high-octane offense has been shut down, generating just 13 points — and six of those were for Cal, on a throw by Darron Thomas that turned into a fumble recovered in the end zone. Oregon's also scored on a punt return by Cliff Harris, and leads 15-13 thanks to a smart two-point conversion call and a failed attempt for two by the Bears.
But it's the Oregon defense that has been truly troubled. Shane Vereen has run wild, nearing 100 yards through three quarters, and taking much of the pressure off untested quarterback Brock Mansion. If Vereen can keep running and keep the Ducks off the field, it looks like Cal might have a chance to pull the biggest upset of the college football season.
Cal will have a chance at a short field goal to take the lead to begin the fourth quarter.