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Longshore, Lynch help Cal rout Oregon State

Sep 30, 2006 - 11:17 PM CORVALLIS, Oregon (Ticker) -- Nate Longshore is having his way with Pac-10 Conference defenses.

Longshore threw four touchdown passes for a second straight week as No. 20 California routed host Oregon State, 41-13, in a Pac-10 matchup.

Marshawn Lynch caught two touchdowns and ran for 106 yards and a score for the Golden Bears (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10), who posted their fourth straight emphatic victory since a season-opening loss at Tennessee.

Longshore completed 22-of-31 passes for 341 yards and an interception for Cal, which scored the game's first 31 points as it beat Oregon State for just the second time in their last eight meetings. The Beavers posted a 23-20 triumph in Berkeley last year.

"(Longshore) is playing very well and seeing the field and making great decisions," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "He is putting us in a great position to be successful with his knowledge and the way he is running the offense."

Longshore opened the scoring with a 39-yard strike to Lavelle Hawkins barely two minutes into the contest. After cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson recovered a fumble by Beavers running back Yvenson Bernard at the Cal 15, Longshore found DeSean Jackson for a 27-yard TD and a 14-0 lead with 5:52 to play in the first quarter.

"On the first touchdown, we had them third-and-long and they made a big play off of pressure down the field, and it just steamrolled from there," Beavers coach Mike Riley said. "We never did get our feet under us on defense."

Jackson and Rice's Jarett Dillard lead the nation with TD catches in seven straight games.

Lynch added a 15-yard scoring run and a 27-yard TD catch before Tom Schneider's 37-yard field goal made it 31-0 with 35 seconds to go in the half.

"We came out pretty strong in the first half," Tedford said. "Our offense did an extremely nice job in the first half moving the ball and converting some major third downs, which were big plays for us that kept drives alive and touchdowns."

Reigning Lou Groza Award winner Alexis Serna got the hosts on the board with a career-high 58-yard field goal on the final play of the half. It matched the longest kick in school history, one by Chris Mangold vs. San Jose State in 1982.

Serna, who also connected on a 40-yarder, made his only extra-point attempt to extend his streak to 77 straight without a miss.

"That worked out pretty well," Riley said. "We talked about, 'Let's make a couple of plays and then try a field goal,' because they were in pretty soft coverage. So we hit a couple of pass plays in there and then Alexis went in and hit it. I was excited for him."

Longshore's 28-yard toss to Lynch late in the third quarter gave him four TD passes in a game for the third time in four contests.

Matt Moore went 18-of-27 for 187 yards for Oregon State (2-2, 0-1), which has alternated wins and losses its first four games.

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