EUGENE — The Oregon football team rose above injuries to beat California, 45-24, on Saturday night, but the Ducks may have suffered a big loss in the process.
Oregon starting quarterback Justin Herbert broke his collarbone according to multiple reports. The Oregonian was first to report the news.
Herbert, a sophomore, left at the end of the first quarter after a 7-yard touchdown run. He had completed seven of eight passes for 86 yards and a TD before the injury.
Herbert owned a completion percentage of 68.3, 1,264 passing yards, nine touchdown passes and three rushing touchdowns this fall, helping push the Ducks to a 4-1 start.
Oregon brought in senior signal caller Taylor Alie to replace Herbert, but Alie was knocked out of the contest in the fourth with an injury.
Freshman Braxton Burmeister, who had been expected to redshirt, came in to make his season debut.
There were other injuries, too.
Ducks running back Royce Freeman and receiver Dillon Mitchell both left in the first half against the Bears.
Freeman headed for the locker room accompanied by a trainer with more than eight minutes to go in the first quarter. The exact nature of the injury was unclear, but it appeared to be a shoulder.
Mitchell led Oregon with 217 yards receiving and two scores going into the game. The Ducks were already without senior Charles Nelson because of a right ankle sprain.
After the game Oregon head coach Willie Taggart had no update on Herbert, but he reported that Freeman told him, "I'll be all right, coach."
The Ducks next host No. 16 Washington State, which is coming off a 30-27 win over No. 5 USC, on Saturday.
Cal was coming off a 30-20 loss at home to the Trojans. The road trip to Eugene was the Golden Bears' first since their season-opening victory at North Carolina.