Oregon continued its post-Washington run of blowouts on Saturday with a 63-19 win over Cal.

The sixth-ranked Ducks scored 35 in the first half. Quarterback Bo Nix got an early curtain call. In just about every way, Oregon completely dominated its opponent once again. After a comfortable win over Washington State and then a demolition of Utah last week, it’s hard to argue four teams are playing better football than Oregon right now.

Oregon moved to 8-1 with the victory. Cal dropped to 3-6.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

Nix-Johnson connection shines

Tez Johnson had his best day of the season. By far.

The former Troy wideout caught 12 of his 14 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns. The performance marked his first 100-yard receiving day at Oregon and it set new career highs for receptions and yardage. The connection between he and Nix is obvious — they’re brothers by law — and even after the early bobble led to a rare interception from Nix, the super-senior quarterback kept going back to his guy, who kept getting himself open.

Nix completed 29 of his 38 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns. On passes that went more than 15 yards down the field, Nix was 5-for-8 for 148 yards and a score. In the rain — pouring rain at that. He also scored two more touchdowns on the ground.

The Ducks’ star quarterback was exceptional. Nix’s game is so calm, so composed. He lets his skill players make plays and is content to sit back and just play the role of the distributor. He does some flair, though.

Defensive front eats

Oregon only registered one sack, but the defensive line sure did have a day. Casey Rogers influenced the first interception from Fernando Mendoza, dropped his man into the lap of the Cal quarterback and sending a pass flailing up into the air. Brandon Dorlus had a couple of key pressures. Rogers also had a strip-sack that nearly led to a scoop-and-score for Taki Taimani.

The Ducks held Jaydn Ott, the Pac-12’s leading rusher who ran wild over the USC defense last week, under 5 yards a carry.

Cal was just 3-for-13 on third downs and 0-for-1 on fourth down. As a team, the Bears averaged 3.8 yards a carry.

Lots to clean up

Oregon played its worst half of football in weeks to open the Cal game and it still went into the halftime break up 35-13. We know how talented this football team is. And we knew heading into a matchup with Cal that this was a complete and total mismatch.

The Ducks were going to win, barring something catastrophic. You wanted to see Oregon keep its foot on the accelerator after last week.

That… sort of happened? Oregon got itself rolling and managed to crack 40 points for the fifth time this season. You don’t score 60 on a bad day. But it wasn’t a clean performance, and it certainly wasn’t as surgical as last week’s drubbing in Salt Lake City.

Bo Nix was intercepted on Oregon’s first offensive play of the day — a ball that bounced off his receiver’s hands and just popped into the arms of a Cal defender. Oregon gave up a scoop-and-score after an early snap hit a motion man coming across the formation. Bucky Irving dropped a handoff that fortunately bounced right back up into his hands.

A blocked kick that was returned for a touchdown was negated because of an offsides call. A touchdown run from Irving was negated by an interference call. Oregon was penalized nine times for 98 yards in total.

The Ducks will face USC at home next week. You can look at the first-half performance and question if maybe the Ducks were looking ahead or just not really taking Cal seriously. Based on what we’ve seen, I’ll chalk the sloppiness up to the elements.