Oregon 55, California 16

by Steve Mims, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

EUGENE, Ore. - California wasn't ready for the Oregon rain or the Oregon offense.
Second-ranked Oregon took advantage of five turnovers by the Bears in the first quarter to blow past Cal 55-16 Saturday night in Pac-12 Conference football at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks improved to 4-0 with a win in their conference opener and exceeded 50 points for the fourth straight game, the first time that has happened in school history.
Oregon lost one of the nation's top all-around threats when De'Anthony Thomas was injured on the opening kickoff, but that did not slow down the Ducks.
Heavy rain and fierce winds arrived just as the game started and contributed to California (1-3) fumbling the ball on its first four possessions with Oregon scoring after two of those turnovers. The Ducks turned five first-quarter turnovers by Cal into a 27-0 lead and stretched the margin to 41-0 by late in the first half.
Oregon sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota was 11-for-25 for 114 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 33 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Byron Marshall, who got the start in place of Thomas, ran for a career-high 130 yards and two touchdowns. Bralon Addison had a pair of touchdowns on punt returns for Oregon.
After Oregon built a 41-3 lead at halftime, Addison returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown in the second minute of the second half. Running back Thomas Tyner added a 21-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 55-3 in the third quarter.
Jeffrey Coprich had a touchdown run for Cal midway through the third quarter.
Oregon took the opening drive 58 yards in less than two minutes before scoring on a 14-yard run by Marshall to take a 6-0 lead.
Cal fumbled on its first four possessions in the first quarter as rain was falling sideways, and Oregon turned two of those turnovers into touchdowns.
The Ducks took over at the Cal 32-yard line and scored five plays later when Marcus Mariota threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff to put Oregon ahead 13-0 with 8:56 left in the opening quarter.
Cal quarterback Jared Goff fumbled on the next play and Oregon recovered at Cal's 22-yard line. On fourth-and-two, Mariota found Daryle Hawkins for a 14-yard touchdown pass to push the Ducks ahead 20-0 with 7:16 left in the quarter.
Cal's first possession that didn't end with a fumble instead ended with a punt that gave Oregon the ball at Cal's 38-yard line. Four plays later, Marshall scored on a 9-yard run to put Oregon ahead 27-0 late in the first quarter.
Goff, who entered the game leading the country with 435.3 passing yards per game, was taken out late in the first quarter after he completed 3-of-6 passes for 11 yards. He was replaced by redshirt freshman Zach Kline, who threw an interception for Cal's fifth turnover of the first quarter.
Mariota opened the second quarter with a 2-yard touchdown to push Oregon's lead to 34-0.
Bralon Addison returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown as Oregon made it 41-0 with 6:08 still left in the first half.
California's Vincenzo D'Amato got Cal on the board with a 46-yard field goal as the first half ended to get the Bears within 41-3.
NOTES: Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla, who missed the last game with an illness, returned to the starting lineup. ... California has played three ranked teams in its first four games. The Bears opened with a 44-30 loss to No. 22 Northwestern and also lost to No. 4 Ohio State 52-34, before playing the Ducks. ... Oregon has not lost a conference opener since 2005.

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