|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFIn one of the highest-scoring games of the college football season this year, the Oregon Ducks and California Golden Bears combined for a total of 100 points. This went well beyond the 78-point over/under.
However, the Ducks were still -17.5 favorites in most sportsbooks. The Ducks just barely beat the spread with a 59-41 victory over the Bears at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
Luke Rubenzer gave the Bears a 7-0 lead with a touchdown run at the start of the game but it took just two minutes for the Ducks' Marcus Mariota to get a touchdown pass to Dwayne Stanford. The Bears' Vic Enwere got a touchdown run less than two minutes later but Royce Freeman got his own touchdown run for the Ducks in a short bit. This would be the last time that the Bears had a lead.
The Ducks outscored the Bears 21-14 in the second quarter. The Bears got the game down to a 31-28 Ducks lead after Freeman fumbled in Ducks territory, thus leading to a Daniel Lasco touchdown run for the Bears 87 seconds later.
Stefan McClure became the first person to intercept a Marcus Mariota pass this year. However, his second quarter interception only led to a three-and-out for the Bears.
The Ducks got two long touchdown passes at the end of the first half and the start of the second. Standford connected with Mariota for 24 yards while Byron Marshall went for 54 yards.
Mariota had a total of 326 passing yards for the game plus five touchdowns, thus improving his chances for the Heisman Trophy in spite of one interception. Marshall had 133 receiving yards as well to bring the Ducks to a 7-1 record, thus keeping them in the running for a playoff spot.
Daniel Lasco had 186 total yards of offense for the Bears. Quarterback Jared Goff had 360 passing yards and two touchdowns but it was not good enough as the Bears fell to 4-4 with their third-straight loss.
The spread bet came all the way to the very end after the Bears' Rubenzer got a touchdown run. A two-point pass conversion attempt failed, thus keeping the game at 59-41.