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“From then on it just stockpiled,” safety Brian Jackson said. “It was very important to that game.”

That ended the Bears chances in the final home game of the season and perhaps final home game for Tedford at Cal. There have been questions raised about Tedford’s status after missing a bowl for the second time in three years. The Bears have lost four straight for the first time ever under Tedford.

Bridgford finished 9 for 21 for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

“We felt like at halftime we were going to win the game,” Bridgford said. “The second half they pulled away a little bit, but we had our chances. We beat ourselves.”

Mariota left the game holding his left arm in the second quarter but returned after Vincenzo D’Amato missed a 48-yard field goal late in the half for Cal. Mariota drove the Ducks 69 yards, capped by a 10-yard pass to Huff that made it 24-10 at the half.