Highlights: Dargan's final interception of practice came during the team "clutch" period to end the day. The defense won both scenarios, between the ones and between the twos. The offense needed to go half the field in under a minute to score a game-winning touchdown, but two plays into the drill Rodney Hardrick picked off a tipped pass with the ones. Jeff Lockie got the twos going with completions to B.J. Kelley, Byron Marshall and then Kelley again, but Dargan scored another point for the defense with an interception to end the day.
Prior to clutch, there was an entertaining 11-on-11 session against scouts on which Pharaoh Brown had a nice reception from Marcus Mariota, and Kelley hauled in a laser from Jake Rodrigues. Marshall and Thomas Tyner did some nice running between the tackles today, and Lokombo snuffed out a screen pass late in the period.
■ Ifo Ekpre-Olumu knows the defense will be tested against the pass-happy Bears but he is confident the Ducks will be up for the challenge.
■ Ted Miller and Matt Hayes both agree Oregon is at the top of the heap in the Pac-12.
Ted Miller: When Stanford led Arizona State 39-7 after three quarters, it looked like the Cardinal would return to the top perch. But then Stanford yielded its killer instinct in the fourth, and the Sun Devils' rally keeps the Ducks No. 1.
■ Jason Quick gives you a sneak peek at the Cal vs Oregon game.
■ NCAA president Mark Emmert said Monday he expects "a lot of change" to the governance structure of Division I sports over the next year.
■ Erik McKinney notes a top prospect will be coming to the game this weekend.
■ Oregon's game against Colorado on October 5th has been set for a 3 PM (local time) time slot and will be carried on the Pac-12 Network.
■ Marcus Mariota is still on top of the Heisman Pundit's list after the bye week.
■ Dale Newton says Oregon's challenge will be to maintain focus in the face of mediocrity.
Under new coach Sonny Dykes the Bears have struggled in three home games to start the year. The athletic department didn't bless their new head man with the easiest of beginnings.
“I don’t think we’re that far off,” Dykes said. “We’re a very young football team. We’ve just got to grow up.”