Cal defense contains Ole Miss in 27-16 win for Bears

Cal defense contains Ole Miss in 27-16 win for Bears

Sprinting through the secondary with just over two minutes gone in the second quarter, Metcalf caught a perfectly-thrown 71-yard touchdown bomb from QB Shea Patterson, one which the 6-foot-3, 224-pounder was able to catch without losing any speed. 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.

"We know the second half is our half", Bowers said. Cal is averaging 281.5 passing yards per game.

The loss ended a long week for Ole Miss (2-1) after interim coach Matt Luke had to miss a day of practice to attend a hearing by the NCAA's Committee of Infractions and then the team traveled to California for the second time in school history.

But for the second straight week, the defense keyed a comeback victory.

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.

"We've just got to rebound and get back into the flow of things tomorrow", Patterson said. He threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns.

"Just from an execution standpoint, we have a lot to get cleaned up", Luke said.

California: The Bears were once again susceptible to the big play, allowing the two TD passes of more than 70 yards. Cal had three interceptions and forced punts on five straight drives in the second and third quarters.

Patrick Laird, who came off the bench to run for a career-high 191 yards against Weber State a week earlier, had 78 yards as the starter, and Vic Enwere added 75 yards.

Cal played without star receiver Demetris Robertson, who had an undisclosed injury. Brown had 385 yards receiving the first two games but didn't catch a pass against Cal. Fourth-ranked USC visits next Saturday. Cal had a first-and-goal from the 9 but the move backfired when Bowers was intercepted in the end zone by C.J. Moore two plays later.

Cal had a chance to close the gap with three minutes remaining in the first half after a 35-yard Anderson field goal.