Bears Face No. 8 Ducks Saturday Afternoon
BERKELEY -- California returns to FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium for the second consecutive week on Oct. 29 for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff against No. 8 Oregon. The Golden Bears (3-4) and Ducks (6-1) are set to meet for the 85th time in history.
Venue: FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium
Time: 12:30 p.m. PT
Television (FS1): Tim Brando (play-by-play), Spencer Tillman (analyst)
Cal Bears Sports Network Powered By Learfield: 810 AM
Joe Starkey (play-by-play), Mike Pawlawski (analyst), Todd McKim (sideline reporter);
SiriusXM Ch. 135 or 198 / SXM App 960, The Varsity App
ABOUT THE SERIES
– This will be the 85th all-time meeting between California and Oregon.
– The all-time series is tied, 41-41-2. Cal's last win came during the 2020 COVID-19 impacted season, a 21-17 victory at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium over the 21st-ranked Ducks, in what turned out to be the final game of the season for the Bears after the last two scheduled matchups were canceled.
CAM JORDAN BOBBLEHEAD
– The first 10,000 fans to this Saturday's game against Oregon will receive a Cam Jordan bobblehead honoring the 7-time Pro Bowler, 2-time First-Team All-Pro, 2011 NFL Draft First Round selection and former Golden Bear great defensive lineman.
– Saturday's game with No. 8 Oregon will be Cal's first against a ranked opponent this season. The Bears' last win over a Top 10 team came on Oct. 13, 2017, a 37-3 thrashing of No. 8 Washington State.
– This will be California's first game against a ranked opponent since the 24-17 loss to No. 9 Oregon on Oct. 15, 2021.
BEARS VS DUCKS
– Cal and Oregon have played several close games of late, with three of the last six meetings decided by seven points or less.
– The Bears beat the No. 21 Ducks in Oregon's most recent trip to Berkeley, a 21-17 victory over the eventual Pac-12 champions. Cal shutout Oregon in the second half, limiting the conference's leading scoring offense to just 132 yards after halftime. Kuony Deng made the defensive play of the game, jarring the ball loose from Oregon receiver Johnny Johnson III at the Cal 36-yard line with just 52 seconds left on the clock. Then-freshman linebacker Muelu Iosefa recovered and the Bears were able to run out the clock to secure the win.
– Last season's game in Eugene came down to the final seconds with No. 9 Oregon escaping 24-17. The Bears led 17-10 early in the final quarter but two straight touchdowns gave UO the lead with 4:50 left on the clock. Chase Garbers connected with Kekoa Crawford on fourth down to get to the Ducks' 3-yard line, but Cal couldn't find the end zone as a final fourth-down play fell short with two seconds remaining.
– Redshirt freshman wide receiver J.Michael Sturdivant had a career night last Saturday against Washington. The Highland Village, Texas product tallied career bests of eight catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns against the Huskies, the second coming on a career-long 48-yard reception from Jack Plummer that was Cal's second-longest passing play of the 2022 season.
– Sturdivant currently ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in receptions/game (5.2) and ninth in receiving touchdowns (5).