Giorgio Tavecchio made three field goals – including a career-best 54-yarder – for Cal (3-2, 0-2), which led 15-14 at the half but couldn’t sustain its momentum against the country’s top scoring offense.
James, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, has run for at least 200 yards in his last three games, something no Ducks player had done before. He went into the game with an average of 153 yards per game, best in the nation. He had 166 by halftime against Cal.
Cal took a 3-0 lead on Tavecchio’s 27-yard field goal on the first series of the game, but James answered with a 53-yard dash for a score and the Ducks looked to be taking off. It was James’ third touchdown run of 50 or more yards this season.
Tavecchio added another field goal, this time a 38-yarder, to make it 7-6. A rain storm moved in over Autzen and slowed play a bit, but Oregon extended its lead on Thomas’ 17-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.
Although it looked as though James might have been injured early in the second quarter when he was slow to get up from a hit and went to the sideline holding the back of his right thigh, he returned and had a 39-yard run, which put him over 4,000 for his career. He’s the sixth player in conference history to reach that milestone.
Oregon quickly regained the lead after the half with Darron Thomas’ 23-yard pass to De’Anthony Thomas. The Ducks extended it on Kenjon Barner’s 68-yard touchdown run and Darron Thomas’ completed pass to De’Anthony Thomas for the 2-point conversion.
Both Cal and Oregon were coming off of byes. The Ducks beat Arizona 56-31 in their last outing, while the Bears came up short against Washington, 31-23, when the Huskies stopped the final drive on fourth down at the 2.
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