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Ducks Fans Accuse Cal Players Of Faking Injuries

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Jeff Maehl #23 of the Oregon Ducks flies through the air after being hit by Josh Hill #23 of the California Golden Bears (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Jeff Maehl #23 of the Oregon Ducks flies through the air after being hit by Josh Hill #23 of the California Golden Bears (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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BERKELEY (AP) – Opposing teams have tried just about everything to stop top-ranked Oregon’s high-speed offense without much success.

A new tactic might be emerging: faked injuries.

Oregon’s fans have been clamoring over perceived fake injuries all season, even booing opposing players they believe are trying to kill the Ducks’ tempo by lying on the ground.

One instance came in Oregon’s 15-13 win over Cal on Saturday, when Bears defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti got up from a play, looked to the sideline and fell to the ground, holding his leg.

Cal coach Jeff Tedford blamed the fall on cramps, saying those happen often in up-tempo games.

Pac-10 officials say there’s not much that can be done because officials can’t tell if someone is injured or faking.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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