Another men's basketball season is upon us. About 15 minutes from now, the Bears kick off the 2012-13 season against Cal State Bakersfield at Haas Pavilion. Cal begins its quest to make the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in Mike Montgomery's five years as coach.
Ducks wrap up a 59-17 victory. Cal played Oregon extremely tough for a half and then some, closing to 24-17 early in the third quarter. But the Ducks showed why they have the No. 1 scoring offense in the country in the second half.
Cal RB Isi Sofele rushed for a season-high 134 yards and a touchdown. He also had the two longest runs against Oregon this season -- 35 and 31 yards.
Cal's defense held Heisman Trophy candidate Kenjon Barner to 73 yards on 20 carries and limited Oregon's potent running game to just 180 yards on 48 carries. But the Ducks had 395 yards passing, as quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for six touchdowns.
The Bears now have one regular season game left, next Saturday night at Oregon State.
Oregon leads 38-17 at the end of the third quarter. Isi Sofele has rushed for a season-high 132 yards and a touchdown for the Bears. Quarterback Allan Bridgford, playing for injured starter Zach Maynard, has completed 9 of 20 passes for 113 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Fantastic start to second half for the Bears. Cal stops Oregon on fourth down and then drives 76 yards for touchdown to make it 24-17. Isi Sofele runs it in from four yards out for his third TD of the season. Sofele now has a season-high 118 yards.
Total yards: Oregon 287, Cal 193.
First downs: Oregon 16, Cal 12
Rushing: Sofele 8-64.
Passing: Bridgford 7-12-0 87, 1 TD
Receiving: Harper 2-35.
Tackles: Forbes 8.
Ca has tied the game at 7-7 with 8:04 remaining in the first half on the first career touchdown pass by Allan Bridgford and first career TD catch by Darius Powe. Powe got wide open in the left back corner of the end zone and Bridgford found him easily for a 10-yard strike.
The seniors being honored tonight are running back C.J. Anderson, cornerback Marc Anthony, wide receiver Ross Bostock, defensive back Tyre' Ellison, offenisve lineman Dominic Galas, defensive back Josh Hill, linebacker J.P. Hurrell, linebacker Kaulin Krebs, wide receiver Kameron Krebs, running back Mike Manuel, quarterback Zach Maynard, linebacker Robert Mullins, nose tackle Kendrick Payne, offensive lineman Tyler Rigsbee, center Brian Scwhenke, running back Isi Sofele, fullback Eric Stevens, offensive lineman Matt Summers-Gavin and nose tackle Aaron Tipoti.