California figured out a way to slow down Kenjon Barner and Oregon's dynamic big-play running game.
So Marcus Mariota and the Ducks did the Golden Bears in with the pass.
Mariota overcame a brief injury to throw for a career-high 377 yards and tie a school record with six touchdown passes as No. 2 Oregon made a case for the top ranking in the country by beating California 59-17 on Saturday night despite a season-low in rushing yards.
''Normally Oregon backs break for 75-yard runs, but it wasn't happening today,'' Cal linebacker Chris McCain said. ''I felt like defensively we did pretty well to stop their run but the passes got to us.''
Mariota and the Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12) handed Cal (3-8, 2-6) a fourth straight loss for the first time since coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002 and sent the Bears to their most lopsided defeat ever under Tedford.
But despite the final margin, the Bears hung close until midway through the third quarter w...