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California still looking to become bowl eligible after 44-28 loss at Oregon


EUGENE, Oregon — Jared Goff said California can see what is going wrong. The problem is correcting it.

Oregon handed the Golden Bears their fourth straight loss on Saturday night. Vernon Adams Jr. threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns and the Ducks became bowl eligible with a 44-28 victory.

The loss leaves the Golden Bears (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) still waiting for bowl eligibility.

"When we don't do well we need to be able to reset and comeback," Goff said. "That's something we need to work on."

Jared Goff threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns for the Golden Bears, but Cal couldn't catch a break despite blocking two Oregon punts and intercepting Adams twice in the end zone.

Royce Freeman had 29 carries for 180 yards as the Ducks (6-3, 4-2 Pac-12) held on to a slim shot at a place in the conference championship game with their third straight win. Oregon amassed a school record 777 yards in total offense.

"We just have to do a better job of handling adversity in ball games when things don't go our way and just have to be a little more mentally tougher than we are right now," Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. "Bad things are going to happen in football games and I just think that we're waiting for someone to make a play when something bad happens. We just can't be that kind of football team."

It was Oregon's first conference victory at Autzen Stadium this season after earlier losses to Utah and Washington State. The Ducks visit No. 9 Stanford next weekend and could still get into the Pac-12 title game with wins in their final three games and an additional Cardinal loss.

Cal moves on to host Oregon State, which lost 41-0 to UCLA on Saturday and still hasn't won a conference game this season.

Goff, who last week surpassed the 10,000-yard career passing mark last week in Cal's 27-21 loss to USC, threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Stephen Anderson on the first drive of the game.

PHOTO: California tight end Stephen Anderson (89) points to the sky after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
California tight end Stephen Anderson (89) points to the sky after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

The last time the Golden Bears came to Eugene it was 2013, and Goff completed just three of six passes for 11 yards in the first quarter before he was pulled. Goff said this week that his most vivid memory of that game was that it was played in an unrelenting downpour.

The rain fell — albeit not as hard — on Saturday night, but Cal practiced this week with wet footballs as a precaution.

Adams was intercepted in the end zone by Griffin Piatt, and Cal capped the ensuing drive with Matt Anderson's 27-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead.

"I think they made adjustments and we didn't adjust very well to them and it didn't go our way for the rest of the first half," Goff said. "We started pretty well, which is something we've been working on. So yeah, we were happy about that . but we didn't continue to make plays and when that happens you tend to stall drives and momentum changes."

Oregon closed the gap with Aidan Schneider's 41-yard field goal and tied it with Adam's 10-yard rushing TD that was capped by a somersault over a defender into the end zone.

Adams was under pressure and on the run when he found receiver Addison the first time with a 28-yard scoring pass to put the Ducks up 17-10, extending Oregon's current NCAA-best string of games with a touchdown pass to 77.

Adams hit Dwayne Stanford with a 10-yard touchdown before a 15-yard scoring pass to Addison that extended Oregon's lead to 31-10 at the half.

Matt Anderson kicked a career-long 48-yard field goal to narrow it, before a blocked punt, Cal's second of the game, put the Golden Bears in good field position for a drive that ended with Vic Enwere's 9-yard run. Goff had a keeper for the conversion to make it 31-21.

After Schneider's 21-yard field goal for the Ducks, Adams threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Charles Nelson and Oregon went up 41-21.

Bryce Treggs hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass from Goff with 7:27 left, but Oregon added Schneider's 19-yard field goal with 3:23 to go for the final margin.

Oregon has a seven-game winning streak over the Golden Bears, who haven't defeated the Ducks since a 26-16 victory in Strawberry Canyon in 2008.

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