Cal @ UCLA … Battered … & Bruined …


… still running a bit behind, so just getting to writing up …

Cal @ UCLA

UCLA Bruins logo

BATTERED

… despite missing more than half of its projected starters, Cal’s defense gamely stood up to UCLA’s potent offense …

… holding the Bruins to 74 yards less and 11 points less than their season averages entering the game …

… but that still meant that the Baby Bears gained 488 yards in total offense and scored 37 points

… to pace a 37-10 UCLA victory.

Once again, the Bears got behind early, trailing 17-0 early in the 2nd quarter …

… before closing the gap to 17-10 with 2:35 to play in the half.


… and BRUINED

UCLA, however, used just 1:50 of that time to drive 73 yards in 8 plays and scored on a 27 yard pass to make the score 24-10 at the half.

Despite controlling the ball for 16:02 of the second half, the Bears could not score again …

… as they turned the ball over on an interception, a fumble and once on downs, while having to punt twice …

… while the Bruins managed to add two more field goals and another touchdown pass to make the final score 37-10.

UCLA’s defense held QB Jared Goff in check …

… as he managed just 215 yards passing on 16 of 43 with one interception and 3 sacks …

… and a long gain of just 23 yards …

… while UCLA had 410 yards passing, with 3 touchdowns and 3 completions longer than 30 yards.

Game Reports

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… stats and additional photos are available on ESPN:

http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?id=332850026

Cal Logo Cal on Blue Paw on white

… and the official Cal Bears website:

http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209282592

Mid-Season Bears Review

… matching the 2nd youngest team in the country with college football’s 3rd most difficult schedule has proved daunting for the Bears

… while injuries have made a difficult situation even worse …

Cal has already played four Top 25 teams (#22 Northwestern, #3 Ohio State, #2 Oregon and #11 UCLA) …

… and those four teams currently have a combined record of 25-4!

My pre-season optimism (6 wins) now appears doomed to disappointment, as the Bears are likely to be underdogs against all of their remaining opponents except for Colorado

… nevertheless, there is reason for some optimism …

… as USC looks vulnerable and you never know what will happen in The Big Game.

Next Up

Cal hosts the Oregon State Beavers

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… at Memorial Stadium at 7:30 Saturday evening …

… with the Bears an 11 point underdog.

This game will feature two of the country’s leading passers, Cal’s Jared Goff and OSU’s Sean Mannion

Goff is 4th in the country in passing yards per game at 339.3

… while Mannion is 1st at 418.5 ypg.

Interestingly, the fathers of both QBs attended the same high school (San Rafael HS in Marin County), where Jerry Goff was a senior when John Mannion was a freshman.

GO BEARS!

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