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Saturday, November 1, 2008
Bears get the most out of miscues


Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Turnovers are always critical. But what you do with them is often just as important.

California got better value out of Oregon's three turnovers than the Ducks got out of the Bears' three turnovers, and that's why Cal walks away with a sodden 26-16 victory headed toward a key showdown at USC next Saturday.

The Bears had two touchdown drives of less than seven yards due to an Oregon interception and fumbled punt. They also got a safety on a snap that sailed over the Oregon punter's head.

That's 16 points.

Meanwhile, the Ducks transformed Cal's miscues into just six points (they botched the PAT).

Here's another crushing mistake: Trailing 19-16 but with all the momentum on their side, Oregon faced a third-and-1 on the Bears 10-yard line.

But the Ducks were flagged for a false start and couldn't convert.

Matt Evensen then missed a 29-yard field goal to tie the game.

And the momentum swung away to Cal for good.