California 42, Oregon State 0
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Oregon State had nowhere to run and California ran wild.
The result was a 42-0 victory Saturday for California (3-1) in its Pacific- 10 Conference opener against Oregon State (1-3-1).
Russell White had two of California’s four rushing touchdowns, scoring on runs of 7 and 17 yards. Both of them followed Oregon State turnovers. Dave Barr also threw two touchdown passes to help Cal build a 28-0 halftime lead.
Cal’s defense, registering its first shutout since a 42-0 beating of Pacific on Sept. 5, 1987, continually disrupted the Beavers’ wishbone-style offense.
The Beavers, who came in averaging 280 rushing yards a game to rank fourth nationally, were shut out for the first time in 50 games. They lost 44-0 to Oregon in 1987.
Unable to run and unwilling to pass with any frequency, Oregon State rapidly fell behind and never really had a chance to catch up.
The Beavers were held to 140 yards rushing on 51 attempts and tried only seven passes, completing two for 24 yards. They didn’t complete their first until Ian Shields connected with Maurice Wilson on an 11-yarder with 2:52 left in the third period.
That brought a round of applause from the crowd of 46,500, although the drive eventually ended in a punt, one of nine by the Beavers.
Barr, who completed 12 of 18 throws for 129 yards, had first-quarter touchdown passes of 13 yards to Sean Dawkins and 43 yards to Damien Semien. Dawkins’ scoring reception was the 22nd of his career, matching Wesley Walker’s school record.
Down 14-0, the Beavers began to be victimized by their own mistakes.
Chad Paulson’s fumble was recovered at the Beavers’ 41 by Mick Barsala. White finished a six-play drive with a 7-yard sweep around left end for the score, lifting Cal to a 21-0 advantage early in the second period.
White’s second score, in the third period, boosted Cal to a 35-0 lead. He burst through the line for a 17-yard touchdown on the first play following Chidi Ahanotu’s recovery of Mark Olford’s fumble.
Greg Zomalt also had a 1-yard touchdown run and Lindsey Chapman ran 5 yards for another score.