Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/11/12
Heading into Saturday night’s game at Memorial Stadium, the California Golden Bears made it their mission to try and shut down the vaunted Oregon Ducks running game. Sometimes, you have to be careful of what you wish for. Johnny “Football” Manziel from Texas A&M is not the only stud freshman quarterback this year, as Marcus Mariota of Oregon played a key part in the Ducks decimation of Cal, 59-17 on Saturday evening in Strawberry Canyon. Mariota completed 27 passes in 34 attempts for 377 yards and six touchdowns. Josh Huff caught five passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns as the Ducks moved to 10-0 (7-0 Pac 12 North). Mariota left the game for a while in the second quarter with what appeared to be a left shoulder injury, but he did return to the game to do most of his damage after the injury. (Oregon does not disclose injury information during the game.) Kenyon Barner struggled on the ground, rushing for only 65 yards on 20 carries as the Golden Bears made a concerted effort to stop the running game. But the emphasis on stopping the ground game left opportunities for the ducks in the passing game, and Mariota exploited the holes in the defense. The Golden Bears (3-8, 2-6 Pac 12 North) were the team that had success running the ball. Isi Sofele carried the ball 15 times for 134 yards and a touchdown, but backup quarterback Allen Bridgford, playing because of a knee injury to Zach Maynard, was inconsistent at best, completing less than 50 percent of his passes for 113 yards and 2 interceptions. The game was 24-10 at halftime, and the Golden Bears scored on their first possession of the second half. But then the Ducks passing game got cranked up and they went on a 35-0 run, with Mariota leading the way with precision passing. The Ducks will probably move to number one in the BCS standings that will be released on Sunday. The Ducks also have the hardest path to stay in the top two of the standings, as they will most likely finish by playing three straight ranked opponents, starting this coming Saturday at home in Eugene versus Stanford (game time and network TBD). The Golden Bears are have one game left in their season as they travel to Corvalis to face the Oregon State Beavers next Saturday (10:30 PM, Pac-12 Network). After that, Jeff Tedford will await his fate.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Cavs, Pacers talking three-team George trade

In appreciation of Ichiro, the oldest man to play center field since at least 1900

WATCH: Adam Rosales sprints to fastest home run trot record

Report: Pacers not interested in acquiring Kevin Love

Vikings say they encouraged Floyd to drink kombucha tea

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Jason Williams injured in first BIG3 game

Report: Mavs leaning toward two-year deal for Nowitzki

Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers Championship playoff

Tebow promoted by Mets to A-Advanced St. Lucia

Cam Newton reveals the one thing his life is missing

George denies he is already moving out of Indiana home

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker