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GameThread: Oregon State at Cal, Second Half

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Oregon State at California - TV on FSN

Football seems secondary after witnessing such a potentially serious injury unfold in a football game. But there is still a second half to play. Somebody must win. 

The Beavers came out of the gate and were able to throw the ball with ease in the Cal secondary. Canfield finished the half 14 of 19 passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns-- he continues to play the best football of his career. Tight end Joe Halahuni was Canfield's favorite target, reeling in four catches for 92 yards. Halahuni also continues to emerge and play the best football of his young Oregon State career. 

Canfield scored the first touchdown of the game on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Early in the second quarter, Canfield found James Rodgers with a pass, James broke a tackle, and scored easily to put Oregon State up 14-0. 

It was with just over six minutes left that Jahvid Best scored on a 7-yard touchdown run. Best jumped for the goal line on the play and was met by a Beaver defender... he then fell hard on his upper back, and was taken to the hospital for observation. This play served as a poignant reminder that football is a viscous game that should never be taken for granted-- our thoughts and prayers are with the Best family, and the California football program. 

Near the end of the first half, Canfield found Jordan Bishop for a three yard score, putting Oregon State up 21-7 heading into the half. 

UPDATE, 9:00 4th Quarter: It's been a long and slow second half, with the ball going back and forth across the field with few points scored. The only points of the half came on a 24-yard field goal from Justin Kahut-- he also missed a 50-yarder. Oregon State now has the ball and needs a long drive to chew up the clock. Oregon State 24. California 7. 

--Jake (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com)