The vaunted offense of the top-ranked Oregon Ducks has looked uncharacteristically human today, and the Ducks have taken a two-point lead into the fourth quarter at California tonight, 15-13.
It could actually be worse for the Ducks; their only points in the first half came on a Bryan Anger punt return, and California had a bizarre sequence of events take a go-ahead field goal off the board. Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio hit a 24-yard chip shot to give California a 16-15 lead, but Tavecchio had taken a step before the snap; that's illegal motion, homes. Backed up five yards, Tavecchio was nowhere close on the re-kick, and Oregon retained the lead.
And yet, it could also be a whole lot better for Oregon, too. California has stayed in the game thanks to two missed field goals by Rob Beard -- the second of which was a 48-yard attempt that was such a bad decision, the entire California defense assumed it was a fake and didn't try to block it. California also scored its second touchdown on a strip of Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas into the end zone, where it was recovered by the Bears. California tried a two-point conversion to tie it at that point, but the Brock Mansion throw into double coverage was hopeless before it left his hand.
Still, California's got a great chance of winning this game, and its 4th down stop of Oregon deep in Bears territory breathed new life into the team after that field goal debacle mentioned earlier. Cal has 11 minutes to outscore No. 1 Oregon by at least three points. No pressure.