The Oregon Ducks continued the trend of top-ranked teams in near-upsets this Saturday, surviving a trip to Berkley and beating the Cal Bears, 15-13. The Bears used a stout run defense and put up one heck of a fight, limiting Oregon running back LaMichael James to less than 100 yards on the day and no touchdowns. The Ducks normally high-powered rushing attack to 168 yards and no touchdowns on the day.
Darron Thomas completed just over half his passes, throwing for 155 yards and a touchdown. James finished with 91 yards on the ground to lead the Ducks. Jeff Maehl led all receivers with five catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears used a heavy dose of Shane Vereen to wear down the Ducks in Berkley. Vereen finished with 26 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown. Brock Mansion completed just over 33 percent of his passes for 69 yards. Marvin Jones led the Bears with three catches for 24 yards.
The Ducks improve to 10-0 on the season and will remain at No. 1 in the BCS rankings. Cal falls 5-5 on the year. Oregon is off next week before hosting the Arizona Wildcats on Nov. 26. Cal hosts the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal next Saturday.