With one of the worst nights of weather for an Oregon game since the 1983 Toilet Bowl, the Ducks achieved a much different outcome than they did 30 years ago.
Among the critical differences between then and now are talent, quickness, desire and athleticism: on this treacherous Saturday there were 10 fumbles in the slippery conditions, and the Ducks recovered 8 of them, four of Cal's and four of their own.
The stats might suggest that the Oregon offense was out of synch, but with expectations adjust slightly for the conditions, they did fine. The Ducks had four td drives of 38 yards or less, and scored twice without an offensive possession on two spectacular punt returns by Bralon Addison. For the game the Ducks scored their 55 points with just 381 yards from scrimmage.
Blocking in the kicking game was superb. Coach Mark Helfrich pointed out after the game that on both of Addison's record-tying td returns there were not only several great blocks, but several great non-bloc...