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Cal falls to Oregon State

Posted by Eric | October 13, 2007 at 7:43 pm | In Games |

The Bears experienced a heartbreaking loss today after an ugly and aggravating battle with Oregon State. Despite an opportunity to be the #1-ranked team in the nation after LSU’s loss to Kentucky, Cal fell to the Beavers 31-28.

Fans might be tempted to point blame at a backup quarterback (how could he run with seconds left? why didn’t he spike the ball?) and a true freshman (how could you fumble on that crucial return?) for their mistakes.

However, they played hard and showed great promise, and this loss shouldn’t be on their shoulders. Everything just seemed to go wrong, and painful turnovers spelled the end of the Bears. The Pac-10 officiating (horrible as usual) didn’t help either.

Now what? There is hope amidst the anger and frustration. The Rose Bowl is still very much in sight as we look forward. What do you think? GO BEARS.

P.S. Lavelle Hawkins is a stud.

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  1. i’d love to have your optimism but riley was just being selfish to get in the endzone on his own.
    seems like he is a good kid, hope he learns from this and keeps his head up, since we’ll need him after longshore graduates

    1. Comment by Bear Fan — October 13, 2007 @ 8:05 pm #

  2. Does anyone know why Marcus Ezeff didn’t play?

    2. Comment by Bear Fan — October 13, 2007 @ 8:11 pm #

  3. Ezeff was out with a strained quad.

    3. Comment by Eric — October 13, 2007 @ 8:20 pm #

  4. I agree, Lavelle Hawkins was super badassss.

    4. Comment by Calfan — October 13, 2007 @ 8:59 pm #

  5. Roll on

    5. Comment by GoBears — October 13, 2007 @ 10:15 pm #

  6. I personally am a little disappointed with some of Tedford’s play calling. With a first and goal from the 2 yard line, he called four runs up the middle. In the past, Tedford has been much more creative, calling QB roll-out option passes to a TE falling off the line, or even a QB sneak (which might have worked much better when we were at the 1 inch line). And in the first half, he relied way too much on the run game, instead of putting the ball in Riley’s hands. Sure, Riley didn’t get off to a great start. But by not putting the ball into his hands, and calling easier plays like short slants, he really showed Riley that he didn’t have much confidence in him. And despite the last play, Riley was making the plays down the stretch, and, in my opinion, played the best game of any backup that I’ve seen at Cal in quite a while.

    6. Comment by Steve — October 13, 2007 @ 10:19 pm #

  7. Riley wasn’t selfish. He was oblivious, nervous, and scared. There’s no possible chance that he thought he could get into the end zone. He acted with frightened instinct rather than knowledge of the game state. What can Riley possible learn from this mistake? Don’t be scared in pressure situations? That’s not something you learn; it’s something you gain with experience. Tedford will do his best to help Riley regain his confidence. Riley certainly has the physical ability. Just as Ayoob did.

    7. Comment by jake — October 13, 2007 @ 10:21 pm #

  8. You gotta tip your hat to Oregon State, though… even though we were able to quadruple their average rush yards allowed, their defense still put a lot of pressure on Riley, something that we were not able to do too much against Canfield. That pressure led to one of the gamebreakers, the interception that was returned to Cal’s 17. Canfield, on the other hand, although missing several wide-open receivers (one of which was in the endzone), still stepped up and made some nice plays, moving OSU down the field to take advantage of their field position.

    8. Comment by Steve — October 13, 2007 @ 10:36 pm #

  9. kevin riley did not lose this game for us. After 3 turnovers, costly penalties, a ridiculous squib kick and missed penalty call leading to an oregon state field goal, i’d say he did a damn good job bringing us back in a position to win the game. i can’t wait to see him qb in the coming years.

    friggin’ sucks we lost, but that’s just the way the ball bounces. fight on california.

    p.s. pac-10 officiating is more scarier than the other team and . . . lavelle hawkins is a stud.

    9. Comment by Jason — October 13, 2007 @ 11:06 pm #

  10. I agree that the whole goal line stand by Oregon State was disappointing. For one of the great offensive play callers and one of the best O-lines in the Pac-10, I was very upset the team was not able to punch that one in. I am also surprised how little DeSean was involved in the game today. I know other teams key in on him, but you just gotta’ get him the ball. The guy can flat out make plays for you.

    10. Comment by JC — October 13, 2007 @ 11:13 pm #

  11. Desean also looked like he got injured at the end of the game, and was not able to make plays as usual the last drive.

    On a side note, despite the stupid Sportscenter announcer thinking that our coach is “John Tedford”, the Gameday crew did not seem too disappointed in the loss, either, but rather seemed to chalk it up to just bad luck and lack of experience. They still put LSU and Cal in the race for the championship, since there are so few teams left without a loss. I guess the championship race doesn’t matter so much to me, anyway, though. I’d be content with a Rose Bowl berth. =)

    11. Comment by Steve — October 14, 2007 @ 2:47 am #

  12. Cal had a rough game. It sucks for fans, I’m sure it sucks for players. Riley had some great moments and some terrible moments, but he did show a lot of talent.

    I expect Cal will bounce back and finish the regular season at least 9-3, and maybe do as well as 11-1. Also, Riley showed that he can do well, and I expect he and Best will be among the stars of future Cal teams.

    12. Comment by MikeD — October 14, 2007 @ 9:30 am #

  13. Riley was a stud, in fact, probably better than Nate. The future is bright with him for sure. Bad judgement at the end, but cannot be too hard on him for trying to make a play. Hardest thing for QBs to learn is that sometimes just throwing the ball out of bounds is the best play they can make. He will learn and he will be very good I think.

    13. Comment by JD — October 14, 2007 @ 9:48 am #

  14. What about the officiating? I cannot remember any other time when a quarterback was a full 2 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, and did not get the penalty. There were other dubious calls to be sure, but that one really sticks with me.

    14. Comment by Ray — October 14, 2007 @ 10:29 am #

  15. Mark my words, if Gregory stays at the helm of the D this team is doomed to fail. He brings immeasurable new meaning to the words inept, incompetent and inexcusable. If you consider yourself a Bear fan, and you care about the future of this team, you would be wise to feel the same way. This guy has to go, PERIOD.

    SORRY GREGSTER, YOU’RE FIRED!!!

    15. Comment by Seth — October 14, 2007 @ 12:04 pm #

  16. I just want to add that watching games on versus is frustrating because they usually don’t show what down it is. And Lavelle Hawkins is the man =)

    16. Comment by vicky — October 14, 2007 @ 1:16 pm #

  17. After the game I wanted to curl up and die. Since yesterday Riley’s been badmouthed something awful but you can hardly pin the entire game on his one big mistake at the end. He did make it all the way down the field for us.

    The game never should have been close. We played sloppily on both sides of the ball the entire game and to its credit, Oregon State played with a lot of heart.

    We blew it as a team. It seems that Cal has trouble breathing in the highest atmosphere. But I have faith in Tedford and the team and think that we will recover from this.

    17. Comment by B — October 14, 2007 @ 8:41 pm #

  18. Oregon State Torrent

    Here it is guys. Its slow and there’s no seeders yet because it was only posted hours ago.
    http://www.torrentportal.com/details/1443218/OSU%40Cal.iso.html

    18. Comment by 13636712 — October 15, 2007 @ 4:39 am #

  19. To those of you who were wondering about why Longshore was out of the game when he appeared to be walking around fine on the sidelines, Tedford chose to sit Nate as he felt with his high ankle sprain, he was not mobile enough for the aggressive Oregon State pass rush. Considering how many times Riley was pressured, hit, sacked, etc, and how close he came to giving up a safety on that last drive, I’d also have to agree.

    19. Comment by Steve — October 15, 2007 @ 3:17 pm #

  20. Aggressive Oregon St. pass rush should be an oxymoron, no? I mean it was for all the other teams they faced this year. If anyone should have felt the heat it was Canefield, not Riley! The world is all f*cked up these days, nothing is as it seems… )-;

    20. Comment by Seth — October 15, 2007 @ 8:20 pm #

  21. Turnovers and defense were the main problems. If Cal defense can’t hold an unranked school (except for L Tech) to less than 20 points ever, then there’s too little margin to go undefeated and truly be #1. That puts extra pressure on Tedford to call all the right plays on offense since they have no cushion.

    Still luv them bears. Go bears!

    21. Comment by Ted — October 16, 2007 @ 10:35 am #

  22. I loved seeing you guys lose this game. GOOOO STANFORD. Tedford should have just kicked the field goal and played in OT.
    Oregon St. took it to you in your house. They dominated you the entire second half in every aspect. You were lucky to have even gotten as close to tieing or winning as you did. That big touchdown nearly saved you. That punk backup you have didn’t lose the game. Your running backs, O-Line defense and special teams lost it for you. They could not score from a couple yards out in four straight attempts. They could stop turning the ball over and it really all boils down to this you Cal Teddy Bears Fans:

    YOU WERE OVER-RATED AS IT WAS. That loss was not talked about much by the gameday crew because it was not that big of a shock. Everyone but you ignorant jerks could see your team is shoddy. You will lose to USC and you might even lose over in PA against the Cardinal. We beat USC and we can definitely beat your team, which should not even be in the top 15.

    22. Comment by Guy Wearing Stanford Jersey in Alumni Section — October 19, 2007 @ 10:00 am #

  23. sorry, stanford didnt beat USC, they beat themselves and gift wrapped a victory for stanford.

    which will be their first and only pac10 win this year.

    23. Comment by laughing at stanford — October 19, 2007 @ 7:49 pm #

  24. As a former Stanford Athletic Dept Employee, I will have to say that while it is exciting to see the football players playing with an energy they did not have while under Coach Harris, the Cardinal team is not good enough yet to beat most PAC-10 teams, especially CAL. Like USC, most pac-10 teams can LOSE to Stanford if they play poorly, but there is nothing in any other game this year to suggest that the Stanford team can match the level of the better teams in the PAC-10 (see UCLA, Oregon, and ASU results). CAL will have the Axe again after this year.

    24. Comment by Former Stanford Employee — October 19, 2007 @ 10:31 pm #

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