Oregon State got jumped early by Cal Saturday afternoon in Strawberry Canyon, and though the Beavers twice rallied when they were on the verge of getting blown out, the Bears countered, and pulled away to a 39-25 win that wouldn’t have been that close but for a questionable spot that negated a knockout punch, and the subsequent decision by Cal to pull off when they could well have piled on.
Too many turnovers were troubling (Oregon State had 3 of them, including one on the first play of the game when Marqez Bimage stripped BJ Baylor that Cal turned into a touchdown less than 3 minutes into the game), and there were also (again) too many (Defensive Coordinator Tim) Tibesar signature turn some primary receiver loose for an undefended touchdown (2 more tonight) coverage scheme failures. And there was too much of the most experienced quarterback in the conference (Cal’s Chase Garbers) to get away with that.
The Beaver defense was shredded by the experienced and mobile Garbers, who converted 13 of 19 third down situations, and repeatedly found something when the bullets were really flying. The result was a balanced Bear attack Garbers directed that ran for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns (58 by Garbers), while Garbers was throwing for 262 yards and 3 more touchdowns. A staggering 517 yards. Compounding the problem for Oregon State, Cal controlled the ball for 8 more minutes of the game, limiting the Beavers’ opportunities to come back.