By the Numbers and Social Media Reaction: Cal takes out Ole Miss, 27-16

Trace Travers, Publisher
Golden Bear Report
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Stan Szeto - USA Today Sports

Cal and Ole Miss became a low scoring affair that few thought it would be, as the Bears flipped the notion of Pac-12 After Dark on its head, holding a tough Ole Miss offense, one that was similar to their own a week ago, without points in the second half.

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By the Numbers:

2 - games in a row where Cal has held an opponent scoreless after halftime

58-13 - Cal is outscoring opponents by that score in the second half over their first three games

3 - Games Cal has trailed during at halftime

10 - Targets for Kanawai Noa

6 - Receptions for Noa, a new career high

4 - Amount of Noa's receptions that converted 1st downs on 3rd or 4th downs. Noa has been extremely clutch for the Bears in practice, and he got to show it in the game.

5 - Amount of sacks from this game, all of them coming from the linebacker position.

4 - Sacks the Bears had coming into this game

3 - Interceptions forced

1 - Amount of interceptions Shea Patterson had on the season coming into this game

14 - Tackles for Devante Downs, along with 3 TFLs, 2 sacks, an INT, and a QB hurry. Downs played with his hair on fire, sealing the game with his final blitz

26 - Amount of scholarship players on defense who played in some capacity Saturday

24 - Number of them who committed under Sonny Dykes' regime, proving that coaching matters

3 - Redshirt freshmen who are seeing their first time, in Cam Goode, Cam Bynum, and Chinedu Udeogu

4 - Rushing touchdowns for Pat Laird, more than any Cal RB had a year ago

32 - Number of yards on Cam Goode's pick six, first defensive touchdown since Ray Davison returned an INT against Oregon State a year ago

5 - Career INTs for Devante Downs

Pain - What LB DeMarquis Gates felt getting blocked by Malik McMorris on 4th and 1

32:53 - Win in time of possession for the Bears, as the Bears ran 88 total plays, 48 passes and 40 runs

53 - Rushing yards allowed, lowest allowed since facing Wazzu in 2015

363 - Yards Shea Patterson threw for

96 - Both yards he threw for in the second half and yards below his season average he was held to

+4 - Cal's turnover margin this year

9 - Both the amount of turnovers and sacks produced through three games

3.03 - Yards per play allowed after the second 70+ yard TD

43:02 - Amount of time Ole Miss was held scoreless

1-0 - Cal's record against Ole Miss

3-0 - Cal's record going into a nationally televised game against USC on ABC

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