California quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (Ryan Kang/AP)

Cal defense crashes in fourth straight loss

EUGENE, Ore. – Remember when California started the season 5-0 and Jared Goff was an emerging Heisman Trophy candidate?

The defense, once again, is letting down the bigger cause.

Vernon Adams threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair to Bralon Addison, and the Oregon Ducks became bowl eligible with a 44-28 victory over the slumping Golden Bears on Saturday night.

Goff threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears (5-4, 2-4), who dropped their fourth straight game.

Royce Freeman had 29 carries for 180 yards as the Ducks (6-3, 4-2 Pac-12) held on to a slim shot at a place in the conference championship game with their third straight win. The Ducks amassed a school record 777 yards in total offense.

It was Oregon’s first conference victory at Autzen Stadium this season after earlier losses to Utah and Washington State.

Adams started his third straight game after struggling with a broken index finger on his throwing hand earlier this season.

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