Bears Play Ugly, Lose Ugly in Corvallis

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By Andrew Miller, Contributing Writer
Posted Nov 18, 2012
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The Bears hung with Oregon for three quarters last week before the Ducks shut the door on them. They wouldn't have the same fortune this week, as Oregon State, led by backup quarterback Sean Mannion, rolled up a 35-7 lead at the half on the way to a 62-14 drubbing of the Bears.

Nothing went right for the Bears, who could only convert five of 13 third downs, committed 15 penalties for 172 yards, gave the ball away four times, -all while being outgained by a margin of 559 to 322 yards.

Allan Bridgford lost the battle of backup quarterbacks to the sophomore Mannion, and a tired Cal defense gave up scores through the air and on the ground in a game that was never in much doubt.

The Bears' offensive troubles started from their first possession, being forced to punt after two offensive penalties. The Beavers and Bears traded interceptions after that, before Oregon State got on the scoreboard when Mannion found Markus Wheaton for an eleven yard score, the first of Mannion's four scores. The drive, taking 1:25 off the game clock, was one of the Beavers' five scoring drives lasting under two minutes as the offense carved up the Bears.

Cal responded with its only first-half touchdown, capped off with runs of 21 and nine yards by tailback Isi Sofele. Sofele finished with 104 yards and the score between his 18 attempts. C.J. Anderson added another 61 yards, and Brendan Bigelow contributed 19.

Tyler Anderson put the Beavers back on the board immediately after, ending the first quarter with the home team ahead 14-7.

A fumble by Daniel Lasco set up another Beaver score, this one a 48-yard pass from Mannion to Brandon Cooks. The Beavers had 28 points off turnovers, scoring a touchdown for each of the Bears' three fumbles and Bridgford's one interception.

Two more quick scores gave Oregon State its 35-7 halftime lead, having already outgained the Bears 333 to 202.

The second half would be much of the same, as Storm Woods punched in the Beavers' first possession, Woods ran for 64 yards to back up Terron Ward's 128, of which 47 came on a touchdown scamper two possessions later.

Only after the score had already reached 49-7 could Cal put together something resembling a positive drive, going 65 yards on 8 plays as Allan Bridgford found the end zone on a short scramble. Bridgford finished with a line of 18/31 for 132 yards passing, with his one interception. Sean Mannion, by comparison, went 24/34 for 325 yards and four touchdowns, each to a different receiver.

Terron Ward opened up the fourth quarter with another touchdown run, this one from 17 yards out, but a missed PAT yielded a 55-14 score. The teams would trade punts, game clearly settled, before a Brendan Bigelow fumble set up one final Beaver score. The capper would be a garbage time touchdown from backup Richie Harrington, for the final score of 62-14.

With that, the game and season ended, the final score indicative of Cal's struggles this season. The Bears finish with a 3-9 record, including a 2-7 mark in the Pac-12. Cal's 19 graduating seniors will end their season without a bowl game for the second time in three years under Jeff Tedford's tenure.

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