Cal v. Ohio State … thunder … and lightning …


… unfortunately for the Bears, all of the thunder and most of the lightning were produced by the Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

… the LIGHTNING

… came first on Ohio State‘s second play from scrimmage …

… after a Bears punt and illegal block penalty during the return pinned the Buckeyes at their own 6 yard line …

… a 4 yard gain gave OSU a 2nd & 6 at their own 10 …

… from which QB Kenny Guiton found WR Chris Fields streaking behind the Bears secondary and hit him in stride for a 90 yard touchdown (the longest TD pass in Buckeyes history) …

… after another Cal punt, Ohio State had the ball at its own 27, from which HB Dontre Wilson thundered 26 yards to the Cal 47 …

… and then lightning struck again, Guiton hitting WR Devin Smith for a 47 yard touchdown and a 14-0 Buckeyes lead …

… the entire possession lasted just 26 seconds …

… and then just a minute later, Ohio State‘s Ryan Shazier sacked Cal QB Jared Goff, forcing a fumble at the Bears‘ 23 yard line, recovered by OSU

. … and then lightning struck a third time, Guiton driving his team to yet another score on a 1 yard pass to Fields

… making the score 21-0 exactly 6:00 into the game …

Cal Defending Against Pass

Cal Defending Against Pass

… & the Thunder …

… the Buckeyes ran for 332 yards to just 132 for the Bears

… with OSU‘s Jordan Hall gashing the defense 30 times for 168 yards, 36 long and 3 TD’s …

… and after Cal closed that disastrous 21-0 start to 24-14 at the end of the first quarter and was hanging tough down 31-20 at halftime …

… the Buckeyes thundered to three straight 3rd quarter TDs on drives of 75, 80 and 41 yards …

… two of the scores coming on runs of 1 and 2 yards by Hall

… while the Bears managed just one score and fell behind 52-27

… before scoring one rather meaningless 4th quarter touchdown on a 1 yard run by HB Daniel Lasco to make the final score 52-34

Cal Defending Against Run

Cal Defending Against Run

… a Few Bright Spots …

… another strong game by QB Jared Goff, who was 31 of 53 passing for 371 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception…

Jared Goff Passing

Jared Goff Passing

… the return of HB Daniel Lasco, who led the Bears in rushing with 65 yards on 10 carries …

… a big game for WR Chris Harper, who had 6 receptions for 115 yards and a TD …

… some gutsy calls by the coaching staff, including a fake punt on which Goff took the punter’s position and passed for a first down to DB Stefan McClure

… and the fact that, despite the early adversity, the team never gave up

Next Up

… a bye next week …

… followed by Cal‘s first road game of the year, as the Bears travel to Eugene, OR, on September 28th to take on their second straight top 3 team, meeting the #2 ranked Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks Logo

… the Bears lead the all-time series with the Ducks 39-34-2

… but the Quackers have won the last four meetings, three of them by lopsided scores …

… and the Bears have recorded only 1 win in Eugene in the last 25 years (31-24 in 2007), while losing 9 times …

… Predictions … 

… the Bears‘ defense is plagued by injuries, with several key starters missing, a converted wide receiver playing at cornerback and a true freshman at safety …

… which could prove to be a real problem against the high-powered Oregon offense, which rolled to a 59-14 against the previously unbeaten Tennessee Volunteers

… the 3-0 Ducks won their first two games by even bigger margins, stomping Nicholls State 66-3 and Virginia 59-10

… and are early 34 point favorites over the Bears

… which, sadly, is probably about right …

… even though Jared Goff will have another strong game leading the Cal offense and passing for 300+ yards for the 4th game in a row …

… barring an Oregon letdown or several Ducks turnovers, it seems unlikely that the Bears‘ defense can hold the Ducks under 50 points …

… so the Bears and their fans appear to be in for a long afternoon.

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Cal Bears 2013 LogoFor the Cal game report, stats, photos and interviews, see:

http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209260525

… and for the ESPN College Football recap, photos & game video, see:

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=332570025

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More Photos:

Cal Band Leading Team Onto Field

Cal Band Leading Team Onto Field

Cal Band Drum Major

Cal Band Drum Major

Go Bears!

Go Bears!

Cal Flag

Jared Goff Calling Signals

Jared Goff Calling Signals

Brendan Bigelow Run

Brendan Bigelow Run

Bears on Defense

Bears on Defense

Cal Cheerleaders Exhort Fans

Cal Cheerleaders Exhort Fans

Final Score:  Ohio State 52 -- Cal 34

Final Score: Ohio State 52 — Cal 34

All Photos in this blog © 2013 Jim Reilly

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