Dan Lanning says Oregon's 'hungry to improve' after 42-24 win over Cal
Oregon extended its winning streak to seven games on Saturday with a 42-24 victory over Cal.
But for the eighth-ranked Ducks, the win wasn’t without warts. After the game, coach Dan Lanning said the program still has a lot to work on.
“Obviously always great to go on the road and get a win,” Lanning said. “I think our guys are hungry to improve. I think we’re going to build off this one and keep growing.”
Dan Lanning postgame: "Obviously always great to go on the road and get a win. … I think our guys are hungry to improve. I think we’re going to build off this one and keep growing." #GoDucks
— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) October 29, 2022
Oregon held Cal to 4-for-15 on third down, something that’ll surely make Lanning happy. The Ducks entered the day as one of college football’s worst third-down defenses.
They gave up a pair of touchdowns on four Cal red zone trips, though. Cal also had more than 300 yards of offense just through the air and connected early on some explosive pass plays that weren’t there for the Bears in previous weeks.
Quarterback Kai Millner came into the game in the fourth quarter for Cal and completed eight of his 11 passes for 114 yards and two scores, including a 55-yard touchdown to Justin Richard Baker with a little more than two minutes to play. Oregon’s reserve defenders were on the field, but Lanning will be the first to say the standard doesn’t change.
Still, Oregon put up nearly 600 yards of offense itself and topped 40 points for the seventh straight game. Even on a day when the Ducks just seemed a little off — especially so compared to last week’s win over UCLA — they held a 35-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.
To really handle your opponent on the road in conference play and come out feeling like you didn’t have your best stuff, that’s the mark of a special team. Oregon certainly doesn’t seem satisfied with its recent success. Lanning wants more.