California 54, Oregon State 24

After seeing “The 33,” I walked over to the record store. I had seen an old guy there who had been working there since the 1980s. I bought some Beatles singles, though they weren’t in their original sleeves: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Paperback Writer,” and “The Ballad of John and Yoko.” I hung around the apartment and ate a turkey wrap before heading to the stadium for the game between California and Oregon State. It was a cold night, and fans stayed away from the game, which was not terribly meaningful unless you really like college bowl games. We had a moment of silence for the victims of the violence in Paris. The cheerleaders were in their cold weather gear. Oregon State fans didn’t come out for this contest because they were having a bad season, and their marching band was small. California didn’t look too good with their first possession, but they got things going late in the first quarter and kept scoring the points with quick drives. At the end of the first quarter, the score was only 7-0. Oregon State made it 7-3 with the first points of the second quarter, but then Cal responded with a field goal and two touchdowns. Their score on a 45-yard pass was one of the impressive plays of the game. Oregon State had 49 seconds left in the half to do something, and they scored a touchdown. There was a case where the stopping of the clock on first down plays helped. During halftime, the Cal marching band played songs by Taylor Swift, or at least I thought they did, because I couldn’t recognize any of those tunes, even “Shake It Off.” Cal essentially put away the game in the first five minutes of the second half with two more touchdowns, making the score 38-10. Oregon did come back with a touchdown and two extra points in just over a minute for a 38-18 score. Cal in less than a minute got another touchdown, but the extra point try was blocked, so that the score was 44-18. Cal had scored on their seventh consecutive possession. Oregon State scored the last points of the third quarter with another touchdown. Their two-point try failed, so it was 44-24 after three quarters. In the second and third quarters, we saw 61 points scored. It seemed highly unlikely that Oregon State could make up 20 points in one quarter, and California didn’t give them a chance in the fourth quarter, shutting them out over the last fifteen minutes. Cal scored the last ten points of the game for a final score of 54-24. Jared Goff had the best game of his college career with six touchdown passes. He did throw one interception. I didn’t like the late starting time to this game because of how cold the night became. I really had to use the bathroom during the last quarter, too. Marcus Semien was acknowledged during the game. I hadn’t realized that Jere Takahashi had retired two years ago. The game ended after 11 o’clock, and the attendance was 41,874. I was glad to get home and into a warm apartment. I had missed the Star Trek episode “Miri.” It was a good thing we missed the rain out in that cold air. According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for November 15, “The Towering Inferno” was released in 1974. In 1989, “Steel Magnolias” was released. In 2000, the man who stabbed George Harrison was ruled innocent by reason of insanity. In 2004, Terrell Owens and Nicollette Sheridan of “Desperate Housewives” appeared in a controversial introductory skit to Monday Night Football.

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