sobbing inside as I write these words.
1st Quarter: This isn’t how we planned.
The Bears won the toss and elected to defer. The quarter was not kind to the Bears as well. Cal forced a 3-and-out to start the game and then turned the ball over on downs right after. Oregon state then proceeds to go 3-and-out after a single first down. Evan Weaver making the sack on the third down to force the punt. The Bears then come screaming back with a 3-and-out of their own. Then the fun began. The Beavers complete a 12-play-62-yard drive that finishes off with a 7-yard TD pass from Jake Luton To Artavis Pierce. That would pretty much end the half.
Play of the Quarter: Zeandae Johnson on the first drive of the game with a sack for a loss of 8 and then a QB hurry on 3rd down to force the 3-and-out.
2nd Quarter: Someone call B-Dubs. We need to restart the game.
The Bears continued their scoreless streak with a first down followed by a 3-and-out. Then the Cal defense forced a 3-and out. The ensuing drive, the Bears had two 20+ yard plays from Devon Modster that setup a 1st and 10 on the OSU 12. A sack and a blown screen pushed the Bears back. This setup a 39-Yard FGA from Greg Thomas that comes off the upright. OSU answers by putting together another solid drive of 12 plays, 78 yards over 4 minutes. Luton caps it off with a 4-yard TD pass to Isaiah Hodgins. Greg Thomas got his chance to make up for the miss with a 44 yard FGA that he knocks in after Cal pushes down the field over 46 yards on 13 plays over 4 minutes. OSU runs one play then kneels to end the half.
Play of the Quarter: Modster with a few scramble plays that the Beavers could not contain. He forced the issue with collapsing the pocket and being forced out, trying to keep defenders honest from crashing to hard
3rd Quarter: Don’t do that. Don’t give me hope.
The Bears started off the second half, the same way they did in the first: a few plays to move the chains and then a punt. The defense then forced a punt which led to a 8 play, 69 yard drive for the offense. Christopher Brown Jr. capped off the drive with a 1 yard TD run after a PI and unsportsmanlike conduct call put the Bears on the 1 yard line. It was the a back and forth and back again with 3-and-outs before the Bears started at the 50 yard line and finished a 3 play, 50 yard TD drive. The 33 yard pass TD pass to Jordan Duncan was set up by a 16 yard deep out to Nikko Remigio.
Play of the Quarter: Back to back beautiful passes from Modster on the Touchdown drive to Duncan. The out route was thrown perfectly and the lead in a tad bit for Duncan’s catch was perfect.
4th Quarter: Part of the journey is the end.
The Bears started the quarter off with the lead and forcing a 3-and-out. The Bears then went 3-and-out followed by an Oregon State 3-and-out. The next drive Devon Modster would come up slowly after a hit that whiplashed his head. He would leave the game after the 3rd down play and head straight to the injury tent. It would be time for true freshman Spencer Brasch. The Beavers would take advantage of this next drive scoring on a 12 play, 80 yard drive that took up over 4 minutes of the clock. The score would put the Beavers back up by 4. Spencer Brasch would enter the game to throw one good pass before being picked off from a tipped ball on his third throw. The Bears would then force OSU to punt after converting a single first down. Brasch would get his shot to at Cal lore with 1 minute to play, no timeouts and 90 yards to go. Bears would get a first down from a PI call against the Beavers, but Brasch would take the sack as time expires.
Play of the Quarter: 4 Bears get into the backfield to force Luton to just throw it away, which would be called for an Intentional grounding. Big time stop to get the ball back with the lead and under 10 minutes to play.