Cal v. Northwestern … the Good … the Bad … and the Ugly.


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… the GOOD …

QB Jared Goff, first true freshman ever to start for the Bears on opening day, proved he can play football at the college level …

…38 of 63 for 445 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions and 4 sacks …

… 445 yards was Cal’s highest passing total ever in a non-overtime game and second highest period …

… it was also the 38th highest passing total in the entire history of the Pac-12

… and was more yards than was ever thrown for by such Pac-12 QB luminaries as John Elway (‘Furd), Troy Aikman (UCLA) and Andrew Luck (‘Furd)

WR Bryce Treggs had 13 receptions for 145 yards …

… the 3rd highest game reception total in Cal history, behind only Geoff McArthur’s 16 in the 2003 Big Game and Dameane Douglas 15 against Oregon State in 1998 …

WR Chris Harper, who had 11 receptions for 151 yards, 52 yard long & 2 TDs …

… the no huddle, up tempo Bear Raid offense proved effective and was efficiently run by Goff

… the team ran 99 plays, third highest in team history, behind 102 v. San Jose State in 1968 and 101 v. San Jose State in 1990 …

… the Bears ran 30 plays in the third quarter …

P Cole Leininger, 6 punts, 43.5 yard average, 70 long and 3 inside the 20 …

K Vincenzo D’Amato, 3 of 3 in field goal attempts (28, 38 & 37 yards) …

Harper, Leininger & D’Amato were named national honorable mention performers of the week Monday by the College Football Performance Awards …

… new Head Coach Sonny Dykes, who had the balls to run a fake field goal at the end of Cal’s first possession, on which D’Amato threw a touchdown pass to holder WR Jackson Bouza

Pregame Welcome to new Head Coach

Pregame Welcome to new Head Coach


… the BAD …

… obviously, the score, being on the wrong end of 44-30 …

… the defense giving up too many yards rushing (209 on 40 carries for Northwestern, a 5.2 yard average) …

… and too many yards passing (299 on just 19 completions, a 15.7 yard average) …

… and too many third down pass completions for first downs …

K Vincenzo D’Amato kicking two kickoffs out of bounds, giving Northwestern the ball at the 35 each time …

… too many penalties (10 for 79 yards) …


… and the UGLY …

… not one but two tipped passes ending up the hands of Northwestern LB Collin Ellis, each of which he returned for a touchdown (56 yards in the 3rd quarter and 40 yards in the 4th) …

… the 4th Quarter roughing the passer penalty called on LB Chris McCain, which was also called “targeting” and resulted in his disqualification for the rest of this game and the first half next week …

… after watching this play on DVR yesterday, it looked to me like a clean hit, head up and into the chest of the quarterback, with McCain already into the tackle when the ball was thrown …

… the new targeting rule, by the way, prohibits initiating contact with the crown of the helmet …

… and targeting and initiating contact with the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent …

… and McCain’s tackle did not appear to do either …

… on the other hand, McCain’s conduct as he left the field was unacceptable.

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Next Up …

Portland State at 2:00 pm on Satuday at Memorial Stadium …

… which some pessimists predicted would be Cal’s only win this year …

Portland State won its season opener 57-17 over Eastern Oregon …

… but look to be over-matched against the Bears

… Predictions:  Cal wins by 30 points and Zach Kline gets some playing time at QB.

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For Cal game report, stats, photos and interviews, see:

http://www.calbears.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=30100&SPID=126513&SPSID=749425

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Bears Enter Memorial Stadium

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One thought on “Cal v. Northwestern … the Good … the Bad … and the Ugly.

  1. .
    Update: Chris McCain’s suspension for the first half of the Portland State game has been rescinded by the Pac-12. See:

    http://bleacherreport.com/tb/db9qV?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=cal-bears-football

    While I agree with the result of this administrative review, the basis upon which the decision was made sounds, well, hinky. I was at the game — the officials stopped the next play to allow time for review of the play and penalty. After that review was completed, the referee announced that “the ruling on the field is confirmed”.

    The clear implication, of course, is that a review was in fact conducted. The Pac-12 announcement says that the review was never conducted because of “a technical failure”.

    The linked article also notes that the conference cannot review a play for which a review was conduct by the replay officials.

    So, one of two things happened here — either the game officials made a false announcement that the ruling on the field had been confirmed by the replay official (either because he reported falsely to the referee or because they agreed to cover up the “technical failure”) or the Pac-12 invented the “technical failure” to correct the error by the game officials.

    Either way, there’s something fishy about this deal … though it is nice that, in the end, the Pac-12 got it right.

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