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Longshore, Cal back on the road against Oregon State

Sep 26, 2006 - 8:36 PM No. 20 California (3-1) at Oregon St (2-1), 4:05 pm EDT

CORVALLIS, Oregon (Ticker) - California's season got off to a rough start on the road. The Golden Bears hope things go better the second time around.

Winners of three straight since a 35-18 loss at Tennessee to open the season, the 20th-ranked Golden Bears hit the road to take on Oregon State in a Pac-10 Conference matchup.

The Golden Bears (3-1, 1-0 Pac-10) have rebounded nicely from the loss in Knoxville, scoring at least 42 points in home wins over Minnesota, Division I-AA Portland State and Arizona State.

The play of quarterback Nate Longshore has been a major factor in Cal's turnaround. He threw four first-half touchdowns last week against then-No. 22 Arizona State in a 49-21 victory.

Longshore has completed 55-of-80 passes (69 percent) for 795 yards and 10 TDs in his last three games. He went 18-of-26 for 270 yards and an interception against the Sun Devils while Marshawn Lynch ran 17 times for 124 yards for the Bears.

Oregon State (2-1, 0-0) received a pair of TDs from Yvenson Bernard and gave former coach Dennis Erickson a rude welcome last Saturday in a 38-0 blanking of Idaho.

The Beavers posted their first shutout since 1983 against the Vandals but will be facing a much more potent attack in their conference opener.

Cal leads the series, 32-26, despite having lost six of the last seven meetings, including a 23-20 setback in Berkeley last year.

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