In a tough to watch game, the Beavers shot themselves in the foot far too often tonight. Credit to Cal as they played a clean game and just dominated the line of scrimmage tonight; rushing for 257 yards (519 yards of offense total). Oregon State obviously did not play their best football game. Three turnovers, getting a punt blocked, not establishing the run, poor 3rd down defense etc etc... Oregon State will look to get their sixth win of the season next week versus Colorado. Here’s how it went down this afternoon:
On the first play from scrimmage BJ Baylor fumbled it, giving Cal the ball at the 22 yard line. Baylor might have been down before the ball came out, but it was too close to overturn. Cal quickly punched it in to take a 7-0 lead. Oregon State’s offense started off super slow their first 5 drives? Fumble, punt, punt, field goal and interception (not ideal). Cal flipped the script on the Beavers and established their run game preventing Oregon State from getting in a rhythm offensively and wearing the Beaver defense down. Chance Nolan hit Trevon Bradford with a gorgeous touchdown pass late in the first half to keep the Beavs in it down 17-10.
The Golden Bears got right back to business with an 8-play, 75-yard drive to go up 14. At one point it looked like the Beavers had taken back the momentum by scoring a touchdown and forcing a 3-and-out. But Oregon State was forced to punt after three plays and Cal blocked the ensuing punt (it was a shockingly low punt from Luke Loecher). Garbers immediately hit Trevon Clark for a 38-yard touchdown and grabbed the momentum straight back. In the fourth quarter when the Beavers desperately needed some key stops or forced turnovers Oregon State’s defense was gassed and couldn’t muster the energy needed for a serious comeback attempt. A late 57-yard run (not quite a touchdown) from Damien Moore highlighted Cal’s dominate victory.