Oregon Ducks linebacker Jeff Bassa penalized for targeting against Cal, to miss first half of Colorado game

Oregon linebacker Jeff Bassa was penalized for targeting during the second half of Saturday’s game against Cal and will sit out the first half of next week’s game at Colorado.

Bassa was called for targeting after the replay official initiated a review of a tackle by the sophomore linebacker and Dontae Manning of Cal receiver J. Michael Sturdivant during with 2:47 to go in the third quarter Saturday afternoon at California Memorial Stadium.

After Sturdivant made a 13-yard catch Bassa lowered his head and hit the receiver in the lower back while Manning hit the receiver’s shoulder.

Barring a successful appeal, Manning will miss the first half of next week’s game for No. 8 Oregon (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) at Colorado.

— James Crepea reported from Berkeley, California.

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