What happened and what mattered in the Cal 49-7 win over Oregon State?
Cal 49, Oregon State 7
Now there’s the Cal we’ve all been waiting to see again. Chase Garbers took over the quarterbacking reins from the mistake-prone Brandon McIlwain and completed 17-of-26 passes for 234 yards and three scores, with 54 rushing yards. Patrick Laird added 193 rushing yards and two scores as the Bears jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and coasted.
Oregon State managed just 95 rushing yards and couldn’t get the passing attack moving. Conor Blount only completed 6-of-13 passes for 42 yards and a pick, and Jack Colletto added 104 yards throughout air. All of the dink and dunk variety.
The Beaver offensive line had a disastrous day. The Cal defensive front kept rolling into the backfield, coming up with seven sacks from all angles, 13 third down stops, and forced two turnovers. It was a nearly perfect effort from the D, and at just the right time.
Cal stopped its three game slide with the Pac-12’s free space win. Now it needs to come up with something big. Actually, it needs two more, with Washington, at Washington, at USC, Stanford and Colorado to close things out, and still needing two more victories to become bowl eligible.
It might still be a learning process under Jonathan Smith in his first year with Oregon State, but the team isn’t getting better. This total clunker came at home after having two weeks to prepare, and now the Beavers have to go on the road to face Colorado as part of a run of three road games in four weeks. The home games? USC and Oregon. Thanks for playing.