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Second Half Thread: Ducks Reclaim Lead with Explosive Plays, Ducks 17 - Golden Bears 14

Sco Ducks! Make those second-half adjustments and kick butt!

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The #23 Oregon Ducks (3-1) lead the California Golden Bears (1-2) by a score of 17 to 14 on the road at California Memorial Stadium.

After Oregon scored first with a Henry Katleman field goal, the Golden Bears put together back-to-back, long touchdown drives to claim a 14-3 lead over the Ducks early. Seven first-half penalties were called on Oregon, and a questionable defensive pass interference that erased a goal-line stand and set up an easy Cal touchdown was undoubtedly responsible for many spilled snacks and beverages in Duck households throughout the country.

But Shough and the Oregon offense rallied by scoring two quick touchdowns—the first to Johnny Johnson III on a 39-yard touchdown reception, and the other a one-yard score from Cyrus Habibi-Likio— to take a 17-14 lead with under a minute remaining in the half.

Tyler Shough: 7/11 - 171 YDS - 1 TD - 5 Car - 42 YDS

Chase Garbers: 10/16 - 94 YDS - 5 Car - 20 YDS - 1 RTD

TD SCORERS: (UO) Johnny Johnson III, Cyrus Habibi-Likio (CAL) Chase Garbers, Bradrick Shaw

DUCK YARDS: 236 yards - 171 passing - 65 rushing

GOLDEN BEAR YARDS: 168 yards - 94 passing - 74 rushing

TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks: 0 - Golden Bears: 0

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  • Mykael Wright kneed the opening kickoff, setting up the Ducks at the 25-yard line.
  • Tyler Shough rolled out and completed a 10-yard pass to Jaylon Redd on the first play from scrimmage.
  • After a false start set up a 2nd-&-9 for Oregon, Travis Dye was taken down for a 3-yard loss. Shough was unable to connect with receiver Mycah Pittman on the proceeding 3rd-and-long, resulting in a punt from the Ducks.
  • A solid tackle from linebacker Noah Sewell on 3rd-&-5 brought the scrambling quarterback Chase Garbers down for the game’s first three-&-out.
  • Mycah Pittman gained 11 yards on Oregon’s first play of their second possession—his first catch since the Stanford game in week one of PAC-12 play.
  • Dye picked up a total of 11 yards on his next two carries.
  • Shough picked up 12 yards with his legs. And a defensive holding penalty added 10 more yards to the play, placing the Ducks at the Golden Bear 34-yard line.
  • Another defensive penalty, this time a personal foul on Josh Drayden, came on an 18-yard screen pass to Travis Dye. The result was Oregon reaching the 8-yard line.
  • The Ducks only managed to pick up five yards once in the Golden Bear red zone, and were forced to settle for the field goal. Henry Katleman connected on the 21-yard attempt to remain perfect on the season.

Ducks 3 - Golden Bears 0

(10 plays, 75 yards, 3:19)

  • Running back Christopher Brown Jr picked up four yards to start Cal’s next possession.
  • Garbers led a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive by completing 6-of-7 passes for 60 yards and defeating a potential goal-line stand by scoring a one-yard rushing TD on fourth down.

Golden Bears 7 - Ducks 3

(13 plays, 75 yards, 5:43)

  • CJ Verdell saw the field for the first time since exiting the Stanford game with an injury. The running back took three straight carries for a total gain of just six yards. Oregon was forced into their first three-&-out of the game.
  • A promising return from Nikko Remigio was once again brought back due to offensive holding. Setting up Cal’s next drive at their own 20.
  • The last play of the quarter was a Golden Bear false start on first down.
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  • It appeared the Ducks would force another three-&-out after a pass to Jake Tonges fell short on a 3rd-&-14, but a substitution infraction called on Oregon for having 12 men on the field gifted the Golden Bears a first down.
  • Three plays later, running back Damien Moore powered forward for a six-yard gain on 3rd-&-1.
  • Makai Polk converted on 3rd-&-7 with a 10-yard reception, pushing the Golden Bears past midfield.
  • Cal continued their third-down success streak when Garbers scrambled for a 21-yard gain on 3rd-&-8 at the Oregon 36.
  • It finally appeared Oregon would win the battle on third down when Polk was brought down before the line to gain on 3rd-&-10 in the Duck red zone, however, Kayvon Thibodeaux was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which extended the drive.
  • Despite attacking from the Oregon 1-yard line starting on second down, the Duck defense kept the Golden Bears out of the end zone on three consecutive plays. However, a defensive pass interference called on Bennett Williams gave Cal a fresh set of downs after the fourth-down play.
  • Bradrick Shaw pounded in the one-yard rushing score on 1st-&-goal.

Golden Bears 14 - Ducks 10

(19 plays, 80 yards, 9:51)

  • Shough picked up a total of 20 yards on two carries to kickoff the next Duck drive.
  • On 3rd-&-4, Shough connected with Jaylon Redd for a 22-yard completion that reached the Call 33.
  • A deep pass to Dye was wiped out after TJ Bass was called for holding, setting up a 1st-&-20.
  • Shough found receiver Johnny Johnson III in the end zone for a 39-yard score that cut the lead to four after multiple penalties turned Katleman’s pat into a 40-yard attempt.

Golden Bears 14 - Ducks 10

(7 plays, 75 yards, 3:23)

  • Cal managed to pick up a first down when Moore picked up two yards on 3rd-&-1 at their own 34, but couldn’t gain a single yard after that, resulting in a punt.
  • The Ducks received the ball with less than 45 seconds remaining in the opening half, but needed just 23 of them to score. Shough hit Dye for a 67-yard gain to the Cal 8-yard line, and two plays later Cyrus Habibi-Likio powered through the d-line for a one-yard touchdown to reclaim the lead.

Ducks 17 - Golden Bears 14

(3 plays, 75 yards, :23)

  • Cal did nothing with their final possession of the second quarter.
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Ducks 17 - Golden Bears 14