Cal's Wilcox talks hiring former UO O-Line coach Steve Greatwood

Cal's Wilcox talks hiring former UO O-Line coach Steve Greatwood

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - When California named Justin Wilcox head football coach on Jan. 14 he wasted little time extending a job offer to former Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood. 

"Whatever day it was that I got hired, I want to say that he was there the next morning," Wilcox, a former Oregon defensive back, said today during Pac-12 Media Days. 

In fact, Wilcox already had Greatwood in place in anticipation of landing the Cal job. Cal announced Wilcox as its next head coach on Jan. 14.  CSN broke the news that same day that Greatwood would be headed to Cal.

"I think the world of him as a person," Wilcox, 40, said. "I think his track record speaks for itself in terms of his coaching and we're fortunate to have him on our staff. He's the type of guy that everybody can learn from. I know he's energized. It's been really great to be back around him. It's been a number of years since I've got to see him a lot. Just really fortunate for us. A lot of experience."

Wilcox and Greatwood, 59, have Oregon connections but weren't there at the same time. Wilcox played defensive back for the Ducks from 1996 through 1999.  Greatwood coached offensive line and tight ends from 1982 through 1994 before moving on to the NFL, Maryland and then USC. He returned to Oregon in 2000 and remained there until the entire staff was let go last fall following a 4-8 season.  

Greatwood, however, did coach Wilcox's older brother Josh, who played tight end at UO from 1993 through 1996. The Wilcox brothers are the sons of Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker and former Oregon star Dave Wilcox and hail from Junction City, Ore. 

California running back Tre Watson, whom Greatwood helped attempt recruit to Oregon, said the offensive line appears to be responding well to its new coach. 

"He definitely makes it simper for the offensive line so they're able to pick things up," Watson said. "He brings a different dynamic."

Ducks find value in grinding out 73-65 win over Cal in Pac-12 Tournament

Ducks find value in grinding out 73-65 win over Cal in Pac-12 Tournament

Update: Arizona won 86-75 over UCLA to advance to the championship game against Oregon. 

LAS VEGAS - The No. 5 Oregon Ducks left T-Mobile Arena Friday night recognizing that their overall performance during a 73-65 win over California in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament won't cut it moving forward this postseason.

Coach Dana Altman said his team at times appeared to be "stuck in mud."  Other than sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey and senior forward Chris Boucher, nobody was hitting shots, least of all junior forward Dillon Brooks, who made just 3 of 12 from the field. 

"Offensively, the whole team was out of rhythm," Altman said.

On the other hand, No. 1-seeded Oregon also left the arena feeling good that the team found a way to win in other areas. Defensively, the Ducks (29-4) got stops when they needed them, especially late when Cal was in position to steal the game. They crashed the boards well enough to limit the Golden Bears' possessions. Oregon also managed to find ways to get the ball into the basket late, allowing the team to always remain a basket or two ahead of No. 5-seeded Cal (20-12). In the end, Altman believes that the silver lining to be found in his team's erratic performance is that they made plays late when they were needed them most.   

"Your offense isn't going to flow well in every game," Altman said. "We've learned that in past games. So when you have to depend on your defense, you have to depend on your rebounding, you've got to go through a close game, and guys have to step up and make plays. And guys have to step up and make stops and get rebounds. That pressure of going through it and accomplishing something, I think that does help you."

Oregon advances to the conference championship game for the third consecutive season and fourth time in five years. UO has won the Pac-12 tournament twice during that stretch, including last season. The Ducks' opponent at 8 p.m., Saturday will either No. 7 Arizona after it defeated UCLA, 86-75 in the final game of the evening. 

The Wildcats could wax Oregon if it plays like it did tonight. Heck, if Brooks plays like he did the Ducks could be DOA come Saturday. 

Altman said Brooks, who finished 3 of 12 from the field for 10 points, began the game by taking too many quick shots, and too many bad shots. He also got into foul trouble and had to exit the game early in the second half.

Brooks certainly didn't disagree that he played poorly, stating that he maybe tried to hard to get things going early in the game. 

"I had an off-day," he said. "Shots weren't falling. I was fouling a lot. Cheap fouls."

Oregon players not named Dorsey combined to make just 15 of 43 shot attempts (34.9 percent). Dorsey, on the other hand, seems to love Las Vegas. He had a great tournament last year, something his roommate, junior forward Jordan Bell reminded him of.

"I told him I need that same Tyler out there this year," Bell said. 

Dorsey delivered, making 9 of 13 shots for a 23 points. He scored 21 in Thursday afternoon's second-round win over Arizona State. 

Dorsey said he simply waited for opportunities to present themselves and took advantage.

"My teammates were finding me in great positions," Dorsey said.

Said Altman: "Fortunately, Tyler offensively really did a good job. And I felt defensively he really picked it up down the stretch."

Boucher made 4 of 7 shots off the bench for 10 points.

Oregon still has an outside shot of receiving a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament if the Ducks can win Saturday night. Nerves shouldn't be an issue. These Ducks have all tasted great success over the past few years, especially her in Las Vegas.

"That experience, I hope, pays dividends...," Altman said. "We are experienced but as you can tell from today, I don't think we used that experience like we should of. So, it's a learning experience with every game. I hope we learned something today."

The lessons get tougher from here on out. 

Oregon State falls short of an upset, loses 67-62 to Cal at Pac-12 Tournament

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Oregon State falls short of an upset, loses 67-62 to Cal at Pac-12 Tournament

California 67, Oregon State 62

How Oregon State lost: The No. 12-seeded Oregon State Beavers (5-27) hung tough with No. 5-seed California (20-11) today during the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., before the Golden Bears pulled away late to win 67-62. 

OSU shot just 40.4 percent from the field but its defense made life difficult for Cal, holding it to 39.7 percent shooting. The Golden Bears made just 8 of 23 three-point attempts and committed 13 turnovers. 

The killer for OSU was making just 14 of 24 from the free throw line. 

Senior guard Jabari Bird led Cal with 20 points. 

What it means: The Beavers ended a disastrous season that raises questions about the future of the program. However, OSU will return plenty of young talent to present a reasonable chance at making a quick turnaround. 

Key sequence: The Beavers trailed just 41-39 with about 10 minutes remaining in the second half when Cal's Charlie Moore hit a three-point basket only to be followed up with a three from Bird following a missed jumper from OSU sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr.  The sequence gave Cal a 47-41 lead with 10:31 remaining.  

OSU hung though, however, and with about a minute remaining trailed just 59-57. The Beavers had a chance to take the lead on a fast break following a defensive stop, however a three-point attempt from freshman guard Kendal Manuel resulted in an air ball and a fast break the other way. Bird ended the break with a dunk and was fouled by Manuel. Bird made the free throw to give the Golden Bears a 62-57 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the game. 

Top Beavers: Thompson led the Beavers with 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Sophomore forward Gligorije Rakocevic had 10 points and nine rebounds. 

Up next: Oregon State will lick its wounds and figure out a way to rebound next season. 

Dillon Brooks' game-winner caps Oregon comeback in 68-65 win at Cal

Dillon Brooks' game-winner caps Oregon comeback in 68-65 win at Cal

No. 6 Oregon 68, California 65

How Oregon won: Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks made a three-point basket from straight away with two tenths of a second remaining to give the Ducks a 68-65 win Wednesday night against California at Haas Pavillion in Berkeley, Calif.

The winning shot, which was very similar to the one Brooks made on Dec. 29 during an 89-87 win at home over UCLA, ended a furious late run by UO to steal a game the Ducks trailed most of the night. 

The Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) trailed 20-7 with seven minutes remaining in the first half after making just 2 out of their first 15 shot attempts, including missing all seven three point attempts within the first 13 minutes.

Oregon trailed 30-16 at halftime after scoring a season-low for a half, and trailed 37-21 with 16:51 remaining in the game. 

The Ducks got to within 39-30 with 13:43 remaining but then fell behind 47-34 with 10:06 remaining in the game thanks to California continuing to apply defensive pressure and make timely shots to stem any UO attempts at making a run. 

Oregon finally began to truly chip away at its deficit minutes later before getting to within striking distance late as Cal (18-8, 9-5) began to crumble by committing critical late turnovers.  

What it means: The Ducks put pressure on Arizona (25-3, 14-1) to continue winning. The Wildcats host USC Thursday night. Arizona leads Oregon by one game in the Pac-12 standings, but the Ducks hold the head-to-head tie breaker. 

Key sequence: Oregon trailed 59-52 before senior guard Dylan Ennis and freshman guard Payton Pritchard hit back-to-back three-pointers to make the score 59-58 with 3:07 remaining.

A score inside by senior forward Chris Boucher off of an assist from Pritchard gave the Ducks a 62-61 lead with two minutes remaining.

Cal's Grant Mullins gave his team a brief one-point lead before Brooks hit a jumper to make it 64-63, UO with 58 seconds remaining.

UO guard Tyler Dorsey's two free throws gave the Ducks a 65-63 lead, but Cal answered with a jumper from Ivan Rabb that tied the game at 65 with seven seconds remaining.

That led to the Brooks' heroics. 

High flying Ducks: Brooks had a game-high 22 points and Boucher scored 18 to go along with six rebounds off the bench. 

Oregon shot 46.3 percent from the field and made seven of its final 14 three-point attempts to get back into the game and win it. 

The Ducks committed just seven turnovers. 

Fowl play: Dorsey made just one of 8 shot attempts to finish with five points. Other than Boucher, the UO bench contributed zero scoring. 

Up next: Oregon continues its road trip Saturday at Stanford (13-13, 5-9) with a 3 p.m. tipoff.  

Preview: No. 6 Oregon at California

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Preview: No. 6 Oregon at California

Don’t be fooled by their record, the California Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) are a scary team to play in Haas Pavilion. Of their 18-8 overall record, the Bears are 14-2 at home. The No. 6 Oregon Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) have quite the challenge in front of them tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in Berkeley. 

The battle of the boards has been an issue for Oregon this season. California comes into this game as one of the top rebounding teams in the conference. In their last matchup back on January 19th, the Cal Bears out rebounded the Ducks 34 to 25. Of those 34 Bears rebounds, 19 came from the offense. However, Oregon coming off a dominant rebound performance against Colorado (another top rebounding team in the conference), proved that the Ducks can fight for boards from every position, including guard play. 

Four Ducks scored in double digits back in January: Bell lead all scores (26 points), Dorsey (16 points), Benson (15 points), and Brooks (10 points). Oregon made a collective nine three’s in the first half alone. Junior forward Jordan Bell’s performance was not only dominant on the offensive end, but he held Golden Bears sophomore forward Ivan Rabb to just four points. Rabb also found himself in foul trouble finishing with four. Rabb is currently averaging a double-double. Oregon’s other main concern, besides Rabb, is Golden Bears senior guard Jabari Bird, who accounted for 21 points, 15 of which from three-point range (five-of-nine). 

One other thing that has been a real challenge for Oregon this season is getting off to a good start on the road and maintaining that energy for 40 minutes. This could continue to be a concern as Oregon’s last three conference games are on the road: California, Stanford, and Oregon State.

Following the Ducks dominant performance over Colorado last Saturday, Oregon coach Dana Altman said, ”I didn't like our defensive energy early…We made a couple bad rotations which allowed them to have some good three's that they hit. So I didn't think we were very sharp to start the game... That's something that has really got to be a focus for us here going on the road, to finish three on the road."

A quick look at the game:

No. 6 Oregon at California

Where: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA

When: 6:00 p.m.

TV: ESPN2        

Records: Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12), Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12). 

Last outings: The Ducks dominated Colorado in their final home game of the season, 101-73, last Saturday. California lost 73-68 to Stanford at Stanford last Friday. 

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (178-68 at Oregon, 588-311 Division I). California’s Cuonzo Martin (59-34 at California, 183-116 overall). 

Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (13.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, .388 3PT%), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (11.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .396 3PT%), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (10.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg), F Dillon Brooks, 6-7, Jr., (15.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .433 3PT%), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (12.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg).

Key Bears: F Ivan Rabb, 6-11, So., (14.8 ppg, 10.7 rpg), G Charlie Moore, 5-11, Fr., (13.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg), G Jabari Bird, 6-6, Sr., (14.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg).

Notes: This week, Oregon has clinched a first round BYE for the Pac-12 tournament coming up in March…The Ducks have their final three games on the road, rounding out their home-win streak to 42…Cal is 14-2 at home this season. 

 

Ducks' rally falls short in 52-49 OT loss at Cal

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Ducks' rally falls short in 52-49 OT loss at Cal

California 52, Oregon 49 

How Oregon lost: The Ducks (2-5, 0-4 Pac-12) fell behind 21-0 in the second quarter and trailed 31-14 in the third quarter before catching fire on offense in the second half and showing some grit on defense to take a brief lead. 

However, in the end, Cal pulled it out with an interception in double-overtime to seal the deal.

What it all means: Oregon now must win four out of final five games in order to become bowl eligible with three road games remaining. One could consider that task to be a virtual impossibility. 

Key sequence: Oregon trailed 34-14 early in the third quarter and appeared to be all but done when Herbert caught fire and UO's running game began rolling. More importantly, the Ducks' defense finally started getting stops. 

Oregon forced two consecutive Cal punts and scored on short touchdown passes from Herbert to tight ends, Evan Baylis and then Johnny Mundt, to make the score 34-28 late in the third quarter. 

A third Oregon stop came when Cal attempted to go for it on a fourth down with one yard to go near mid-field. Oregon answered by driving for a touchdown pass from Herbert to wide receiver Charles Nelson from six yards out.  That gave the Ducks a 35-34 lead early in the fourth quarter. 

High flying Ducks: Herbert blossomed in the second half to finish the night with 258 yards and six touchdowns. 

Running back Tony Brooks-James led Oregon in rushing with 109 yards on 15 carries and scored on a one-yard run. 

Freshman linebacker Troy Dye had 14 tackles. 

Next up: Oregon returns home to host Arizona State (5-2, 2-2) at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Sun Devils host Washington State (4-2, 3-0) on Saturday. 

Ducks must fix themselves mentally to win at Cal

Ducks must fix themselves mentally to win at Cal

Oregon senior guard Cameron Hunt said today that when he called out teammates for not caring following a 70-21 loss to No. 5 Washington on Oct. 8 he meant that they weren't giving maximum effort, not that they were actually indifferent to winning or losing.

"I think during that game what I meant to say was that the effort wasn't there," Hunt said. "I don't think anyone's quit on our team. I think we have a really good squad coming together and I believe in coach [Mark] Helfrich 100 percent. I trust him. He's our leader. I'd go to war with him any day."

Problem solved. Maybe. 

Hunt wasn't the only UO player to wonder out loud about player commitment following the loss to the Huskies. Freshmen Brendan Schooler and Troy Dye also said there were players who didn't appear to have their heart into the game. 

UO coach Mark Helfrich said last week that the notion some players have quit was simply not true, and shouldn't have been stated in public. 

Maybe so, but there has certainly been something negative going on internally. Let's not forget the players-only meeting following a 41-38 loss to Colorado in which teammates called out one another for poor play and poor effort. 

As Hunt indicated, there is a difference between effort and caring.  On the other hand, doesn't caring typically lead to greater effort? Doesn't a lack of effort come from a lack of desire?

Whatever the case, the Ducks (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12) had better fix themselves mentally or their season will essentially end Friday night at California (3-3, 1-2).  

Oregon must win four of its final six games to become bowl eligible. Cal is one of the most winnable remaining games on the Ducks' schedule. A loss on Friday and it would be difficult to believe the Ducks could win four of five to reach a bowl game with road games remaining at No. 19 Utah and USC. 

"I trust in this team and we just have to be able to give our full effort and put everything together," Hunt said. 

Here is the reality: These are young men who have grown accustomed to experiencing success that have recently been slapped in the face by a sobering amount of failure. When that happens, some panic. Some blame. Some lash out. It's quite normal. 

"In times like these, certainly character is revealed and guys expose themselves for who they are," Helfrich said. "For the vast, vast, vast majority of our guys, they're doing, or at least trying to do the right things."

Front-runners can kill a team when things go south. The Ducks players hope to avoid that and readjust as a team.

"I feel like players have taken a whole new accountability and responsibility for what has happened," safety Khalil Oliver said. "We've realized that it's on us."

Oliver said the team focused a lot on team unity during the bye week. If that pays off, the team could be in business. If not... 

A quick look at California:

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, California Memorial Stadium. 

T.V.: ESPN. 

Betting line: California by 3.

Records: Oregon (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12), Cal (3-3, 1-2). 

Coaches: Oregon's Mark Helfrich (35-12); Cal's Sonny Dykes (17-26 at Cal, 39-41 overall). 

Last week: Oregon and Cal were both off, previous to that got run over by Oregon State, 47-44. 

Golden Bears' impact players: Cal leads the conference in total offense (530.2 yards per game) and ranks second in scoring offense (42.3) behind Washington, which dumped 70 on the Ducks two weeks ago. 

Leading Cal's offense is senior quarterback David Webb. He leads the conference in passing yards per game (360.2) and is second in touchdown passes with 22, one off of Washington quarterback Jake Browning (23), who threw for six at UO. 

On paper, all of the above spells bad news for one of the bottom five defenses in the nation. 

However, Cal's weakness is also a horrible defense. Oregon State rushed for 474 yards during its 47-44 win over Cal.

Oregon and Cal could set defensive football back about 100 years on Friday night. 

The Golden Bears' leading receiver is Chad Hansen, who leads the conference in receptions per game (9.8), receiving yards (770) and receiving touchdowns (eight). 

Fear factor (five-point scale): 5. Cal's defense is horrible, but so is Oregon's.  The Ducks can put up points. But so can Cal. The big difference here is that UO is starting a freshman quarterback. Justin Herbert's biggest challenge could be making enough plays to keep pace with Cal's offense while making his first road start. 

Preliminary pick: California 43, Oregon 40.  Ducks could win by three touchdowns if they've ironed out all of the problems from the neck up and Herbert and the UO running game can put up 45 points. But that's a big if at this point. 

Beavers end 12-game Pac-12 losing streak, beat Cal in overtime thriller

Beavers end 12-game Pac-12 losing streak, beat Cal in overtime thriller

What a game. What a finish. Oregon State did what many thought they couldn’t. They played four quarters of football and then some, and walked away with an upset win over Cal.

The win marks the first Pac-12 victory for head coach Gary Andersen, and snaps a 12-game conference losing streak for the Beavers. The last time the Beavers tasted Pac-12 victory - November 15th, 2015, when they upset No.5 Arizona State, 35-27.

This win may not be on the same level on the upset meter, but it can be argued that it means more for the Oregon State program.

The biggest knock on this team all season, well, it hasn't been just one thing: They lacks push on the offensive line. Darell Garretson looks rattled. The defense can't make stops. The team can't play a full 48 minutes. The list could go on. However, on Saturday night the Beavers put it all together and perhaps gave us a glimpse at what Andersen is building inside Reser.

From the get go the game was all Oregon State thanks to an inspired, dominating performance from the defense. Oregon State’s defense set the tone right out of the gate, stopping everything Cal sent its way. In fact, after its first two drives Cal only had 25 total yards of offense, and two punts to show for it.

With the defense locking down, it came upon the offense to make a statement.  At large points this season the OSU offense has looked lost, unable to really muster anything. That was not the case in this game. The offense was just as locked in as the defense and marched right down the field on its opening drive. They settled for a short field goal, but still the statement was made.

Led by a record setting performance by Ryan Nall, the Beavers just kept eating up yards.  They should have taken a 17-3 lead into the locker room at halftime, but Darell Garretson threw a pick-six with under a minute remaining to give Cal life. Still OSU had a rare halftime lead.

The Beavers opened the second half with a bang going 80-yards on one play thanks to the legs of Ryan Nall. It looked like OSU might be ready to pull away, but thanks to some great halftime adjustments from Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, the Bears responded. All of the sudden we had two offenses trading blows, matching each other score for score, with neither team able to land the knockout blow.

Then in the final minutes of the game Cal made all the plays it needed to. They scored a touchdown with just over two minutes to play, cutting the OSU lead to just three. From there the defense made a huge stand, got the ball back, and kicked the game tying field goal with five seconds left on the clock.

As overtime approached the feeling inside Reser was palpable. You could feel that the Beavers felt they would win this game. After holding Cal to a FG, it came down to the offense to make it or break it.

First, let’s go back to the first half when Garretson threw that pick-six. Without that mistake, one of the few he made on this day, the Beavers wouldn’t be in overtime in the first place. So perhaps it was fitting that he single-handedly slammed the door. On a play that nearly fell apart, Garretson bobbled the snap, regained possession, then scampered right up the middle untouched for the win. Before the referee could even blow the final whistle Garretson had sprinted over to the still packed student section, his team close behind. With one run the Beaver snapped a losing streak, gave their coach his first conference win, and made a statement about the future in Corvallis.

FINAL SCORE: Beavers 47 – Bears 44, OT

Standout Beavers:

Ryan Nall. The “Wrecking Nall.” The “NallDozzer.” Call him what you will. On this night he was simply fantastic. As a team the Beavers ran all over Cal to the tune of 474 rushing yards, a team record vs. a conference opponent. That number was mostly thanks to the legs of Oregon’s own, Ryan Nall. The Central Catholic product ran for 221 yards on only 14 carries, good for the 10th best single-game mark in school history, and he added three touchdowns as well. He missed that last chunk of the game after hurting his foot, but he should be fine for Utah next weeked. Behind Nall, the Beavers have a true workhorse, a true star they can ride. As long as he is healthy, the Beavers need to use their stud.

NEXT UP: The Beavers stay in the friendly confinea of Reser Stadium as they take on the Utah Utes. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm on Saturday, October 15th.

FINAL STATS:

Beavers:

Passing:

Darell Garretson: 13-24, 85 yards and 0 touchdowns, 2 interception

Rushing:

Ryan Nall: 14 attempts, 221 yards and 3 touchdown

Darell Garretson: 10 attempts, 105 yards and 2 touchdowns

Receiving:

Victor Bolden: 4 rec, 28 yards

Seth Collins: 3 rec, 27 yards

Golden Bears:

Passing:

Davis Webb: 23-44, 113 yards, 0 touchdown, 1 interception

Rushing:

Khalfani Muhammad: 21 attempts, 165 yards and 1 touchdowns

Receiving:

Brandon Singleton: 3 rec, 13 yards

Demetrius Robertson: 5 rec, 29 yards

Vic Wharton III: 3 rec, 37 yards

Beavers take control in first half vs Cal

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Beavers take control in first half vs Cal

The Oregon State Beavers have not won a conference game since they upset No.6 Arizona State in 2015.  If they continue to play like they did here against Cal in the first half, that losing streak could end tonight.

The Beavers have looked good on both sides of ball, with the defense impressing early. The OSU defense held Cal to just 25-yards on its first two drive, forcing two punts.

Cal’s most promising drive came early in the second quarter when they drove all the way down the field and were looking at first and goal from inside the five-yard line.  However, the OSU defense held strong and kept Cal out of the end zone. The Beavers blocked the ensuing field goal, but it had just enough juice to bounce off and over the crossbar.

Outside of that score for Cal, it was all Oregon State.  That is, until Darell Garretson threw a pick-six with under a minute left in the half. The mistake, one of the few the Beavers made, gave Cal life and cut the lead to just seven points heading into the locker room.

Halftime Score: Beavers 17 – Golden Bears 10

HALFTIME STATS:

Beavers: 

Passing:

Darell Garretson: 6-12, 52 yards, 0 touchdowns, & 1 interception

Rushing:

Ryan Nall: 10 attempts, 72 yards and 1 touchdown

Darell Garretson: 3 attempts, 34 yards and 1 touchdown

Receiving:

Victor Bolden: 3 rec, 27 yards

Seth Collins: 2 rec, 17 yards

 

Golden Bears:

Passing:

Davis Webb: 10-18, 36 yards, touchdown, & 1 interception

Rushing:

Khalfani Muhammad: 7 attempts, 42 yards

Receiving:

Brandon Singleton: 2 rec, 14 yards

College football opens in Australia tonight? That's just wrong

College football opens in Australia tonight? That's just wrong

Yes, college football opens its season tonight in a matchup between California and Hawaii. And it's not enough to just play this game in Honolulu -- the teams must go to Sydney, Australia for this one.

Which is so totally unnecessary.

For several years now, it's been professional teams -- trying desperately to make their "brand" worldwide -- heading outside the country for games. In the beginning it was just non-counting preseason or exhibition games that went to Europe, Asia, Mexico or wherever. But now the NBA, Major-League Baseball and the NFL are moving regular-season, counting games outside the country.

And I don't think that's fair -- to players or fans. It's a hardship to players and so unfair to fans, especially in football where there are so few home games during a season. Why allow one of those to be played outside the country? It's a betrayal to loyal fans and a hardship for players because of the long travel and often sub-par condition of foreign playing fields.

And at the college level, it's ridiculous. There are reasons for doing this, of course. Most of them have to do with money, in one way or another And at the college level, it's simply unfair to unpaid players who have to make trips of that length to play in front of crowds that probably don't include their families or friends.

I can't really believe this is happening, actually.

The players at Hawaii this season ought to be allowed to accumulate frequent-flier miles for a schedule that is cruel and unusual punishment. They open the season in Australia, then next play at Michigan before finally getting a home game in the third week of the season. Then it's to Tucson, Ariz., for a game the following week before finally getting a bye week. But the Rainbow Warriors never get two consecutive home games during the entire season -- it's a constant zig-zag between the island and the mainland.

That's terrible. But of course, we're seeing the colleges chase the dollars just like the pros these days. And so it's no surprise they'd go all the way to Australia to chase a few more bucks.