Cal @ Colorado … Bears Buffalo’d by Colorado …


Cal @ Colorado

Colorado Buffaloes

Bears Buffalo’d by Colorado

“In a year that has been improbably bad, the impossibly bad has happened.” (with apologies to Vin Scully) …

… and Cal lost the battle of the Pac-12 cellar-dwellers 41-24 to the Colorado Buffaloes …

… marking this as the nadir of an already extraordinarily disappointing and depressing season for the Bears.

Buffalo Chips

Colorado broke open a close game (10-10 halfway through the second quarter) by scoring twice in less than two minutes near the end of the first half …

… first the Buffs drove 75 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a 10 yard pass with 2:36 to play in the half …

… and then disaster struck the Bears as a squibbed kickoff was fumbled by Darius Powe and recovered by Colorado at the Cal 49 yard line …

… after which Colorado drove the 49 yards in 8 plays to take a 24-10 lead into the locker room …

… this drive was helped out by another Bears bug-a-boo, a 3rd & 12 roughing the passer penalty on DL Dan Camporeale which gave the Buffaloes a first down at the Cal 11 yard line.

In the 3rd quarter, the Bears failed to capitalize on a rare takeaway …

LB Jalen Jefferson intercepted a pass at the Colorado 38, but four passes by QB Jared Goff gained the Bears just 3 yards, with Cal turning the ball over on downs.

A Colorado field goal late in the quarter made the score 27-10 going into the final period …

… during which each team scored twice …

… though Colorado did so twice in spectacular fashion while the Bears ground out two long touchdown drives.

On the 2nd play after a Cal punt, the Buffaloes scored on a 63 yard touchdown pass …

… after which the Bears drove 52 yards and scored on a 1 yard run by HB Brendan Bigelow

… setting up an extraordinary Colorado response …

… as K Vince D’Amato attempted a trick onsides kick to the weak side of the Colorado formation …

… only to have Colorado’s Will Oliver grab the ball at the Cal 46 and run untouched straight down the field for a nut-crushing touchdown.

… a few (very few) Bears bright spots …

The return to something approaching his 2012 promise for Bigelow, who rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries

… for Cal’s first 100 yard rushing game of the season …

… with HB Khalfani Mohammad adding 78 yards on 10 carries and the team recording 197 yards on 34 total carries

… and WR Kenny Lawler continued his late season surge with 6 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Otherwise, Cal fans had little to cheer for, as the Bears became the sole Pac-12 team without a conference win in 2013.

Game Reports

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… stats and photos are available on ESPN:

http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=333200038

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Next Up

Cal travels to Palo Alto for the 116th Big Game against

the BCS 9th ranked Stanford Cardinal

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… with an 1:00 pst kickoff …

Stanford is 8-2 overall and 6-2 in Pac-12 play …

… and is a prohibitive 31 1/2 point favorite over the Bears

… the biggest spread ever in the long-running rivalry.

Cal fans are hoping for a Joe Kapp style upset win …

… like that recorded in the 1986 Big Game, in which the 1-9 Bears beat the 21 point favorite 6-3 Cardinal 17-11 in Kapp’s last game as the team’s coach …

… with QB Kevin Brown running the offense in his only start of the season (starting QB Troy Taylor having been injured in Cal’s previous game) …

… and the Bears scoring what is generally considered the biggest upset in Big Game history.

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Cal v. USC … There was Nothing Special …


Cal v. USC

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… There was Nothing Special …

… about the Cal special teams against USC, as the Trojans returned three Bears punts for touchdowns, keying a 62-28 USC triumph.

Knowing in advance that Cal would rack up 195 yards rushing & 483 yards in total offense …

… while recording 30 first downs to 20 for USC

… running 96 plays to just 51 for the Trojans

… and controlling the ball for 33:03 to 26:57

… would have convinced most fans that the Bears would come out on top.

Big plays, however, did in the Bears, as the Trojans scored on punt return TDs of 75 and 93 yards

… and scored on a 3rd punt return TD when the kick hit the back of a Cal blocker, popped straight up in the air, was grabbed by a USC defender and returned just 14 yards into the endzone.

USC also scored on runs of 43, 79 and 37 yards

… as well as a pass of 57 yards

… and had non-scoring passes of 26 and 44 yards

… meaning that the Trojans had 286 of their 493 total yards on just 6 plays …

… and that 6 of their 9 touchdowns were recorded on plays that averaged 64 yards each!

… Bears Highlights …

There were a few bright spots for the Bears, the most important of which was that the team never gave up, despite the apparent ease with which the Trojans rang up points …

… while Freshman QB Jared Goff was 34 of 48 passing for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns

QB Jared Goff

QB Jared Goff

… Freshman WR Kenny Lawler had another good game, with 6 receptions for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns

WR Kenny Lawler TD

WR Kenny Lawler TD

… Freshman RB Khalfani Muhammad gained 61 yards rushing on 10 carries, with 1 touchdown …

HB Khalfani Muhammad

HB Khalfani Muhammad

… Sophomore WR Bryce Treggs had 8 catches for 39 yards

WR Bryce Treggs

WR Bryce Treggs

… Freshman RB Jeffrey Coprich gained 55 yards on 10 carries …

HB Jeffrey Coprich

HB Jeffrey Coprich

… and Freshman RB Jonah Hodges saw his first action of the year, gaining 31 yards on 4 carries.

HB Jonah Hodges

HB Jonah Hodges

Cal was paced on defense …

Cal v USC Bears on Defense

… by Freshman LB Michael Barton, who had 9 tackles and 1 sack

… while Junior S Michael Lowe had 8 tackles, Sophomore LB Jalen Jefferson 5

… and Freshman CB Cameron Walker, Junior CB Kameron Jackson, Junior DL Viliami Moala and Freshman LB Hardy Nickerson had 4 each.


Game Reports

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… stats and photos are available on ESPN:

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… and the official Cal Bears website:

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Next Up

Cal travels to Boulder to play the Colorado Buffaloes

Colorado Buffaloes… with an 2:30 pst, 3:30 cst kickoff next Saturday…

… the Buffaloes are 3-6 overall and 0-6 in Pac-12 play …

… they are in last place in the Pac-12 South, while the Bears occupy the cellar of the Pac-12 North

… making this the best chance for each team to record a Pac-12 win this year.

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GO BEARS!

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Student Section

Student Section

Cal Cannon

Cal Cannon

Cal Band Great

Cal Band Great

"... and the home of the BEARS!"

“… and the home of the BEARS!”

Cal v USC Cheerleaders

Great Balance!

Bears Fan!

Bears Fan!

P Cole Leininger

P Cole Leininger

CB Cedric Dozier Deflects a Pass

CB Cedric Dozier Deflects a Pass

HB Khalfani Muhammad 7 yard TD Run

HB Khalfani Muhammad 7 yard TD Run

QB Zach Kline

QB Zach Kline

Tightwad Hill

Tightwad Hill

USC 62 -- Cal 28

USC 62 — Cal 28

All Photos in this blog © 2013 Jim Reilly

All Photos in this blog © 2013 Jim Reilly

 

Cal v. Arizona … Close only Counts in Horseshoes … and Hand Grenades …


Cal v. Arizona

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Close only counts in horseshoes …

… and the Bears were playing football, so fell to their 8th loss of the season, bested by the Wildcats 33-28

… in a game that had more than its share of “what could have beens” …

Cal scored with 3:34 to play in the 3rd quarter to make the score 26-21

… then forced a Wildcats punt, raising the hopes of Bears fans …

… only to dash those hopes when QB Jared Goff threw an interception that was returned to the Cal 27 yard line.

The Wildcats capitalized on this largesse, taking just four plays to score a touchdown, increasing their lead to 33-21

… after which the Bears marched to the Arizona 20 yard line …

… only to have Goff throw another pick, this one in the Wildcats end zone.

… and hand grenades …

After an exchange of punts, the Bears once again raised the hopes of their fans, smartly driving 80 yards in just 7 plays to make the score 33-28

… but the subsequent onsides kick was covered by the Wildcats, who then ran the clock out to preserve their victory.

Bears Highlights …

… Freshman WR Kenny Lawler had three touchdown receptions (the first three TDs of his career) covering 17, 3 and 29 yards

WR Kenny Lawler ...

WR Kenny Lawler …

... Scores the 1st of his 3 TDs

… Scores the 1st of his 3 TDs

… two of which came on spectacular catches …

… and HB Daniel Lasco returned to action with 71 yards on 12 carries, including a long of 22 yards.

HB Daniel Lasco Bursts Upfield

HB Daniel Lasco Bursts Upfield

Freshman CB Cameron Walker led the Bears with 13 total tackles, 9 of them solo stops.

CB Cameron Walker #14 Closes in on Tackle

CB Cameron Walker #14 Closes in on Tackle

 … Game Reports

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… stats and photos are available on ESPN:

http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?id=333060025

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… and the official Cal Bears website:

http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209297167

The BCS and other college football poll rankings are here:

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http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings

Next Up

Cal hosts the USC Trojans

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… with an 12:00 pm Saturday kickoff…

… the Bears are 17 point underdogs this week, but the 6-3 Trojans have had a tumultuous up & down season …

… so if Cal catches the Trojans on a letdown after their big win last week over Oregon State, the Bears just might have a shot at their first win over USC since their 2003 triple overtime 34-31 win at Memorial Stadium.

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Cal Band Pregame Show

Cal Band Pregame Show

Small Crowd in Student Section at Kickoff

Small Crowd in Student Section at Kickoff

Presenting the Colors

Presenting the Colors

O-Line Protecting QB Jared Goff

O-Line Protecting QB Jared Goff

HB Khalfani Mohammad 1st Quarter TD Reception

HB Khalfani Muhammad 1st Quarter TD Reception

QB Jared Goff Passing

QB Jared Goff Passing

P Cole Leininger

P Cole Leininger

Bears on Defense

Bears on Defense

DL Kyle Kragen #13 Closes in on Arizona's QB

DL Kyle Kragen #13 Tackles Arizona’s QB

DL Kyle Kragen #13 and LB Hardy Nickerson #47 Chasing Down Arizona's QB

DL Kyle Kragen #13 and LB Hardy Nickerson #47 Chasing Down Arizona’s QB

Hiding Offensive Signals from the Wildcats

Hiding Offensive Signals from the Wildcats

Bears Fall Short 33-28

Bears Fall Short 33-28

All Photos in this blog © 2013 Jim Reilly

All Photos in this blog © 2013 Jim Reilly

Cal @ Washington … Bears Mauled by Dogs …


Cal @Washington

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The Huskies

mauled

… the Bears 41-17 at Husky Stadium, leaving Cal at 0-5 in the Pac-12 and 1-7 on the season …

… once again, the Bears were doomed by a slow start, as they fell behind 17-0 before getting on the scoreboard themselves …

… thus continuing a season-long pattern of first quarter struggles.

Although the defense showed signs of improvement, big plays once again plagued the Bears

… with the Huskies scoring on a 59 yard run and passes of 68 and 47 yards

… and also completing non-scoring passes for 25, 21 and 21 yards

… while HB Bishop Sankey had 241 yards rushing on 27 carries, averaging 8.9 yards per carry and scoring 2 touchdowns.

Washington finished the game with 642 yards in total offense and averaged 8.2 yards per play from scrimmage, while recording 24 first downs …

… to 483 yards (5.5 per play) and 21 first downs for the Bears.

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There were a few Cal highlights …

HB Khalfani Muhammad busted a 73 yard TD run, the longest of the season for the Bears ….

QB Jared Goff was 32 of 54 for 336 yards passing, with 1 TD

WR Bryce Treggs had 8 receptions for 95 yards, with a long of 32 yards

… and WR Chris Harper had 6 catches for 98 yards, including a 5 yard TD and a long of 49 yards.

 … GAME REPORTS

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NEXT UP

Cal hosts the Arizona Wildcats

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… with an 12:30 pm Saturday kickoff…

… the Bears are 14 1/2 point underdogs this week, but this is a winnable game.

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GO BEARS!