The scoreboard operator figures to be busy Saturday as California faces visiting Ole Miss in a matchup of two explosive offensive units. The offense sputtered for much of the second half as a result. Cal is averaging 281.5 passing yards per game. That evaporated in the blink of an eye after Patterson found DaMarkus Lodge for a 72-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the ensuing drive. It was the first of two long touchdown passes as Patterson hit D.K. Metcalf in stride for a 71-yard score in the second quarter that pushed the Rebels' lead to 16-7.
ABOUT OLE MISS (2-0): After UT-Martin rushed for 219 yards and averaged five yards per attempt, the Rebels are focusing on stopping Laird and the Cal running attack this week.
Mississippi: The Rebels self-destructed with 16 penalties for 113 yards, including having 12 men on the field for a punt to extend a Cal drive in the fourth quarter.
But for the second straight week, the defense keyed a comeback victory. He finished 26 for 44 for 363 yards with three interceptions. "We just have to get back into the flow of things".
"The penalties and just the lack of ryhthm really hurt us on offense", head coach Matt Luke said. But they also showed they are vastly improved defensively under Wilcox.
The Bears played without star sophomore wide receiver Demetris Robertson, out with an undisclosed injury.
Ole Miss had one final shot after Cal added a late fourth quarter field goal to go ahead 20-16; however, Patterson was picked off by Cameron Goode who returned it 32 yards for a touchdown to preserve the win for Cal. Patterson was intercepted three times on the night and it equated to 14 points for the Bears. Through the first two games, it looked like Patterson was doing just that after huge days against South Alabama and UT-Martin.
Cal scored its only first-half touchdown on Laird's 13-yard run with 8:17 left in the first quarter.
Those two plays accounted for 143 of the Rebels' 285 first-half yardage total.
California: The Bears hope to end a 13-game losing streak against USC on Saturday.