Oregon holds on for 24-17 win over Cal
Oregon was able to fend off Cal Friday night at Autzen Stadium. The ninth-ranked Ducks beat the Golden Bears 24-17, moving to 5-1 on the season, 2-1 in Pac-12 play.
Oregon led 10-7 at the half but were scoreless in the third. Cal secured a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Oregon’s Anthony Brown connected with Jaylon Redd for a 20-yard touchdown pass to tie it up. With 4:50 left in the game, the Ducks went ahead on Brown’s quarterback keeper.
Cal (1-5) had a chance to tie it up with just two seconds left, but under blitzing pressure, Cal quarterback Chase Garbers’ pass on the fourth-and-2 attempt was incomplete.
Brown went 20/28 for 244 yards. Travis Dye led the Ducks with 19 rushes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Dye also had seven receptions for 73 years in the win. The performance moved Dye to 10th place (2,367 yards) on the all-time UO rushing list.
Ducks’ defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux was forced to sit out for the first half, serving his suspension time for a targeting penalty in the Ducks’ Oct. 2 loss to Stanford. Thibodeaux returned in the second half and ended the night with one sack and two tackles.
Oregon’s defense has been plagued with penalties all year and Friday night was no different. All together the Ducks racked up nine penalties for 82 yards.
Oregon travels to visit UCLA (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) Oct. 23.
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