EUGENE - Oregon took the suspense out of the game early and never let up.
The Ducks shocked college football Saturday afternoon with a 42-3 win over No. 6 California in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon (3-1, 1-0) sparked a passing attack that had been lagging the first three games, and the defense shut down a Cal team that had averaged about 49 points and nearly 500 yards per contest.
"Guys had to make plays when we were called upon and that's what happened," said Oregon coach Chip Kelly, whose team has won three straight since a season-opening loss at Boise State.
Cal's only points - on a Vince D'Amato 47-yard first-quarter field goal - came after Oregon's Walter Thurmond III lost a fumble on the opening kick return.
The Bears (3-1, 0-1) finished with just 207 yards of total offense. The Ducks held Heisman trophy candidate Jahvid Best to 55 yards on 16 carries.
Oregon did it, for the most part, without two of its best defenders. Free safety TJ Ward sat out his third straight game with a foot injury and Thurmond didn't return after injurying his knee on the kickoff.
Ducks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli regained the connection he had with his receivers during the second half of last season.
Oregon averaged just 126 yards passing through the first three games. But Masoli was 21 of 25 for 253 yards and three touchdowns, all to tight end Ed Dickson.
"I think our O-line did a tremendous job of giving me a lot of time and the receivers just ran perfect routes," Masoli said. "We were really on the same page."
Oregon built a 25-3 halftime lead and coasted through the second half.
The Bears didn't get inside the Oregon 30 in the last two quarters.
The Oregon defense did double duty, getting constant pressure on Cal quarterback Kevin Riley and containing Best, who had a conference record-tying five touchdowns a week earlier at Minnesota.
The Ducks sacked Riley four times and forced him into a 12-for-31 performance for 123 yards.
Best, who caught two balls for 14 yards, had a long run of 11 yards.
"When you have 11 guys flying to the ball, it's kind of hard for Best to squeeze out, a hole here or there," Oregon defensive end Will Tukuafu said. "That was kind of our focus in practice ... every hat on the ball."
Oregon's offense got on track in the first half after some early ball-control problems.
The Ducks answered D'Amato's field goal, then went ahead on Masoli's 26-yard pass on the first play of the second quarter. Reserve quarterback Nate Costa passed to kicker Morgan Flint on the 2-point conversion to make it 11-3.
After D'Amato missed a field goal and the teams traded fumbles, the Ducks scored again on Remene Alston Jr.'s 1-yard run.
Oregon used a short field to set up its final score, going 48 yards in five plays, with LaMichael James running it in from four yards out.
Masoli finished the half 14 of 18 for 155 yards and a touchdown.