WR's first TD happy ending to injury-plagued career

Zach Maynard's receiving target on Cal's first touchdown Saturday was quite appropriate considering it was Senior Day.

Fifth-year senior Michael Calvin shook free over the middle and hauled in a 19-yard scoring strike from Maynard in the first quarter, getting Cal rolling in a 23-6 victory over Oregon State.

It was the first career touchdown for Calvin, the San Lorenzo High graduate who arrived at Cal with big expectations but has seen his career sidetracked by injuries.

"It's amazing," Calvin said. "I'm just glad I finally got in there. I couldn't be any happier."

Calvin won the No. 3 receivers job in camp, but starters Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen form one of the top receiving duos in college football and get the lion's share of attention from opposing defenses.

It was a quiet day for the receiving corps. Allen had three catches for 29 yards, Jones had three for 23 yards and Calvin had two for 32 yards.

"You have a senior who is so team-oriented and there are two guys getting most of the balls," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. " ... To see him get a touchdown is great."

With Cal's running game eating up 296 yards, Maynard wasn't needed to do much. He was 13 for 19 for 128 yards with one interception, an underthrown deep ball intended for Jones in the first quarter.

  • Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, a redshirt freshman from Foothill High in Pleasanton, went 25 for 39 for 247 yards and was intercepted twice. He was particularly sharp in the first half, completing 14 of 18 passes for 129 yards.

    Terron Ward, a freshman running back from De La Salle High in Concord, carried twice for 6 yards for the Beavers. Dylan Wynn, a true freshman from De La Salle, started at defensive end and recorded three tackles.

  • The six points allowed by Cal's defense was a season-best effort, and Oregon State -- which came in averaging just 94.6 yards rushing — was held to 27 yards on the ground.

  • Cal nose guard Aaron Tipoti did not start, as Tedford said he's been slowed by hip and back issues. Outside linebackers David Wilkerson (bruised knee) and Chris McCain (concussion) did not dress. Defensive back Michael Coley suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and Tedford said he's unlikely to return this season.

    -- JOE STIGLICH