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Ovgard makes most of chance

BERKELEY, Calif. — Redshirt freshman safety Gabe Ovgard made the most of his time on the field on Saturday.

Ovgard made a good read of a Jared Goff pass, launched himself in front of the receiver and made a diving interception, the first of his OSU career.

It was the type of play that gets a player noticed.

“Gabe gets over on the defensive side of the ball, gets his first opportunity and has substantial playing time,” coach Gary Andersen said.

Ovgard also ran down a Cal back and dropped him after a short gain on a run that looked like it might break open.

He also was taken for a ride by Cal running back Vic Enwere a few plays later.

Ovgard finished the game with eight total tackles, tied for second on the team.

“Gabe has worked his way through the special teams, he worked himself into the safety position. We’re extremely down in numbers in that position,” Andersen said. “Gabe’s had more reps in the last week or two at the safety position and he came in today and I thought he played very well. He knew what he was doing and that’s just not because he made a pick. He was sound in his tackles. He had one play out there that he’d love to have back.

“He’ll be a huge factor as we move through these next two games and into the future of this football team and I’m proud of him.”

Porebski’s punts

Nick Porebski kept up his hot streak, dropping several more punts deep inside the opponent’s territory.

In the first half he pinned Cal at the 10 and 7 and dropped four of his five punts inside the 20.

He finished the game with a 37.4-yard average on eight punts.

The streak ends

The Beavers had won six straight games against the Golden Bears in Memorial Stadium.

Saturday’s loss snapped a streak that was the longest in the Pac-12.

Cal did defeat OSU in San Francisco in 2011.

Grimble, Scott out

Seniors Jalen Grimble and Larry Scott both sat out the game.

Grimble had worked his way back into some playing time lately but has fought a knee injury all season.

Scott returned last week after an ankle injury suffered in the Washington State game, but he had to leave the UCLA game and could not go on Saturday.