For once, Oregon didn't score many style points, and didn't look like a team that should be atop the BCS rankings. In fact, the Ducks didn't score many points at all.
But it didn't matter. Chip Kelly's crew, so often leaving fans and other teams breathless, is lucky to be breathing after tonight's close scrape. Scoring their only points on a Cliff Harris punt return and on a short field after a turnover, the Ducks beat a stubborn Cal team 15-13 in Berkeley.
It's Oregon's lowest point output of the season, and the only game this year that the Ducks haven't won by double digits. That likely won't drop the Ducks in the BCS standings, but the score also doesn't indicate how easily it could have been a loss: Cal's Giorgio Tavecchio pushed a 29-yard field goal wide right to begin the fourth quarter, whiffing on the only chance Cal got to take a second half lead. Even worse for the Bears, that field goal would have been a 24-yard try if not for an illegal motion penalty.
The Ducks went on to dominate the rest of the fourth quarter, holding the ball for all but 2:14 of game clock and garnering six first downs on a drive that ran the clock out.
Oregon's win should keep the Ducks near the top of the BCS