Highlights: The Ducks’ backfield depth was on display on consecutive plays during 11-on-11. Thomas used a sealing block by right tackle Jake Fisher, a la his 40-yd TD run at Virginia, to score from 50 yards on 1st down. On the next snap, Marshall took a pitch from Mariota and turned up field for a nice first-down run. Next, Thomas Tyner danced between the tackles and darted up field for what would have been a monster gain in full contact mode.
Helfrich called an audible at the end of the clutch period, summoning the offense from a Cottage Grove 7th and 8th grade football team that was taking in practice to face the Ducks’ No. 1 defense. The youngsters sprinted to their positions and ripped off a 10-yard rushing play before Terrance Mitchell flew in from his cornerback position to make the stop. The sight of the No. 5 scoring defense in the nation, all padded up, helmets on and showing blitz against a bunch of kids in jerseys was simply awesome.
■ Andrew Greif believes the Oregon secondary will be tested.
■ Cal's not intimidated? They should be.
■ Mark Helfrich talked with Madison Guernsey and says the Ducks will have to defend the field.
■ Cal QB Jared Goff will try to match Marcus Mariota on Saturday according to Ted Miller.
■ Three Oregon recruits will be visiting this weekend to watch the Cal game.
■ The Sporting News predicts Oregon playing Alabama in the national championship.
■ Did you know?
De’Anthony Thomas is 11 rushing attempts from qualifying for the Pac-12 career record for average yards per rush. He has 189 rushes for an 8.6 yard average, which is 1.3 yards better than record holders Reggie Bush (USC) and Jahvid Best (Cal).