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                       === Mariota, Oregon thump Cal ===
 Berkeley,  CA (Sports  Network)  -  Marcus Mariota  tied  a  school record  by
 throwing  six touchdown  passes, and second-ranked Oregon rolled in the second
 half  to beat California,  59-17, with an eye at possibly being the No. 1 team
 in the nation.
 With  Alabama's loss  to Texas A&M earlier Saturday, the Ducks were positioned
 to  take over  the top spot in  the national rankings and should move into the
 top 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The Ducks entered Saturday at
 No. 3 in the BCS.
 Josh  Huff had three touchdown grabs for the Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12), who own
 the  nation's  current longest winning  streak at  13 games. They've scored at
 least  42 points in  all of those contests, the longest such streak in the BCS
 era. They scored the final 35 points of Saturday's game.
 Oregon  faces a stiff test by hosting nationally-ranked Stanford next Saturday
 before finishing the regular season at Oregon State.
 Mariota,  who  shook off  an apparent  shoulder injury  in the second quarter,
 finished  27-of-34 for 377 yards. Heisman Trophy candidate running back Kenjon
 Barner  fought  through a right  hand problem for the  Ducks. He ended with 20
 carries for 65 yards.
 "I  think that  as the  season progresses  everyone gets  bumps and  bruises,"
 Mariota said. "That's just something that I've got to do."
 Allan Bridgford connected on 9-of-21 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, but
 was  picked off twice for the Golden Bears (3-8, 2-6), who have lost four in a
 "I  thought Allan  did a good job,"  California coach Jeff Tedford said of his
 quarterback.  "For starting against that team, he managed it well. He kept his
 composure and he didn't panic."
 Isi  Sofele, who  gained 134  yards  on 15  carries,  scored on  a 4-yard  run
 nearly five minutes into the third quarter to get Cal within 24-17.
 The Golden Bears then forced a punt, but committed a crucial mistake next time
 on offense. On 3rd-and-9, Bridgford was pressured up the middle and was picked
 off by Boseko Lokombo.
 On  the next play, Mariota threw a short pass to Huff on the right side of the
 field, and it turned into a 35-yard touchdown.
 Bridgford  threw  incomplete on  fourth down  on the  next series, and Mariota
 expanded the margin to 38-17 with a 39-yard bomb to Huff.
 Mariota  passed 14 yards  to Colt Lyerla and 7 yards to Will Murphy for TDs in
 the  fourth quarter,  the second one coming after Bridgford was intercepted by
 Brian Jackson.
 Bryan Bennett threw an 18-yard TD pass to B.J. Kelley.
 Before the game turned into a rout, injuries seemed to play a big part for the
 Mariota  scrambled for  a 16-yard gain to  the Cal 3 midway through the second
 quarter.  His shoulder banged  to the turf, and he signaled to the sideline to
 exit the game.
 Bennett entered, and the Ducks got a field goal from Alejandro Maldonado for a
 17-10 lead.
 Late  in the first  quarter, Barner, who ran for a school-record 321 yards and
 five touchdowns in last week's victory over Southern California, rushed up the
 middle  for a first down. He then left the field wincing in pain while holding
 his  right hand. Barner  went to the locker room and had the hand taped before
 returning to action in the second quarter.
 Mariota  threw  a 10-yard TD pass  to Lyerla before Bridgford countered with a
 10-yard toss to Darius Powe.
 Byron  Marshall scored on a 3-yard run late in the first quarter for the Ducks
 before  Vincenzo  D'Amato split the uprights  from 27 yards for a 14-10 margin
 early in the second.
 Mariota's  10-yard TD pass to Huff in the final minute of the half boosted the
 difference to 24-10.
                                   Game Notes
 Oregon  has scored  30 or more points  in 23 straight games, breaking the NCAA
 record  held by  Oklahoma State (2011-12) and Hawaii (2006-07) ... Since 2010,
 the  Ducks are 34-3, including 32 victories of 10 or more points and 24 of 20-
 plus  ... Oregon  starting defensive back Avery Patterson suffered a left knee
 injury  in  the final seconds of  the first quarter. Patterson, who limped off
 the  field in  obvious  pain, tried  to  make  a tackle  on  Cal running  back
 Sofele.  Patterson's  knee buckled  as he  went to the  turf. Patterson was on
 crutches along the sideline in the second half ... Huff had five grabs for 109
 yards and De'Anthony Thomas tallied eight receptions for 101 yards. Oregon had
 575 yards of offense.
 11/11 03:19:56 ET