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.