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Reactions: UCLA 30, Cal 21

Posted by Eric | October 21, 2007 at 5:12 pm | In Games |

Yesterday, Coach Jeff Tedford’s losing record in Los Angeles advanced to 0-6.

I’m not ready to throw any coach or player under the bus, but changes must be made to salvage this season. The best way to describe the Bears on Saturday? Stubborn. That’s all.

Now, I don’t feel like repeating what has already been said:

Jason from EMFMV: “Wait Till Next Year (UCLA 30, Cal 21)”

4:00 PM: If you lose to a bad team, you are a bad team. Two conference losses in a row, and two games squandered. Lots of good excuses last week. This week? None. Cal can’t even beat this terrible UCLA team, a team coached by a moron. . . .

4:04 PM: Cal will fall to 5-2. Hey, is Steve Mariucci coaching? It’s got that feeling. Riding high at 5-0, and then… face plant.

4:07 PM: Game over. UCLA 30, Cal 21. Who needs to play in the Rose Bowl in 2008? Maybe the 50th attempt will be the charm.

Kevin from TBIOOF: “Game Over, Honeymoon Over”

Jeff Tedford did a remarkable job of being more conservative than Karl Dorrell. He flatly coached down to his competition. . . .

There is no excuse for losing this one. But we did.

For me, five remarkable years into the Tedford era, the honeymoon is over.

Ken from EMFMV: “UCLA debacle 1 of 5: I’m disgusted”

There is no excuse for the Bears losing to UCLA. To those who have said they have a newfound respect for UCLA, particularly their defense, one of two things is true. Either you had way too little respect for them or you don’t realize just how poor the Bears play-calling was. If I had to come up with a word for the Bears play-calling in the weak moments of the last two years it would be stubborn. Many pick the word conservative, but I think that is wholly inaccurate. . . .

The Bears should have won this one in a walk… but our coaches insisted otherwise, not because they were conservative, but because they were stubborn.

Unbelievable. Tragic. Disgusting.

Avinash from Bears Necessity: “Well, That Wasn’t Fun”

I can’t say I was surprised. The defense had been teetering like a house of cards for the past two games, and this time it fell apart (there were individual standouts, but the collective effort was gone). The playcalling was…questionable. Very questionable–so conservative it made Pat Robertson blush. I love Tedford, but two runs on 1st and 10 at the UCLA 35 when our field goal kicker looks more shaky than Byung-Hyun Kim?

Last week left me disgusted and bitter; this week just leaves me cold. All the doubters were right–place the Bears against a physical ground game and a fast defense, and they will be exposed. Oregon State opened the seal, UCLA busted it open.

Hydrotech from CA Golden Blogs: “UCLA Post-Game Thoughts”

*Cal’s run defense. Alright, plain and simple it sucked. Surpringly the stats say they only averaged 4.1 yards per carry. I thought it would have been more. … Poor tackling. Lots and lots of “hitting” and not wrapping up the ball carrier. . . .

*Our inability to run the ball. Yeah, we couldn’t run worth crap. Cal had a 2.2 yard rush average. Forsett had a 3 yard average which is sub-par for college football. This inability to run falls on the shoulders of the Cal OL, TEs, and FB. These guys just got out played. . . .

*Turnovers. Once again we lost the turnover battle and the game. Officially we had 4 turnovers and UCLA had 2. I suppose you could say we only had 3 since Longshore’s last INT was sort of a jump ball desperation pass. Nevertheless, the other turnovers are unacceptable. . . .

*Field Goal kicking. One of the most overlooked scorers on a football team is the field goal kicker. I think a lot of fans don’t realize the importance of having an excellent kicker. … Instead of us trying to make comeback, it would have been UCLA. . . .

While I do concede that [Coach Tedford]’s probably lost some games he shouldn’t have, he’s still a great coach. He may have yet to prove that he’s an excellent coach but he’s great. I don’t think it’s time to turn on him and just hope other Cal fans are reasonable in their criticism and don’t just let their emotions cloud their judgment.

Quotes from the team:

Worrell Williams: “We just have to keep fighting and never quit,” he said. “We don’t have anything else to play for but pride. Obviously, the national championship is out of the picture. The Rose Bowl is out of the picture. But we still have to suit up and play.”

DeSean Jackson: “We have to change some things up. I have a lot of confidence in coach (Jeff) Tedford, and we have a lot of playmakers on this team. We can’t wait until the last minute to start rushing around and trying to make plays. We’ve got to start knocking people out right away.”

There’s a lot of season left, but can Cal turn it around? We will see when the Bears visit ASU (#4 BCS, #7 AP) on Saturday. Let’s hope that the team, coaching staff, and fans stay strong despite these disappointing times.


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  1. Agree that Cal was way too stubborn. The playcalling in the second half was a big head-scratcher. Run up the middle, run up the middle, run up the middle.

    This team has the talent to win out the rest of the season, but will it execute? Will the right plays get called?

    1. Comment by James — October 21, 2007 @ 7:50 pm #

  2. Absolutely agree. For one of the “best offensive playcallers” in college football, the last 2 games make me wonder how CAL could not put up 40+ on both Oregon State and UCLA. I hear the announcers keep talking about how fast these two defenses are the last 2 weeks, but it’s not like they haven’t been beaten this year. How can you not go back to the film/game videos and see how that’s done? Utah put up 44 on UCLA, and an average UCLA offense which lost to Notre Dame, put up 40+ on Oregon State. I think Tedford’s done a great job getting CAL to where they are, but these last two games just go to show how far we still have to go.

    2. Comment by JC — October 21, 2007 @ 8:44 pm #

  3. Jeff Tedford ’s reputation as a good offensive coach is really in doubt now.
    With so many weapons on offense , yet he was too conservative calling plays in the 2nd half ,waiting till obvious pass play on third down , thereby allowing UCLA defense to anticipate better . This leads to the crucial game ending interception.
    He never acknowledged his play calling as the reason for the loss but instead laid the blame on the team effort ?
    JT does not deserve the accolade he recives and has proven to be a decent coach , only good enough for 8-9 win season .Never national contender ’s material.
    Heck , the way this team has been playing and coached , we ‘d be lucky to be 9-3 this season.

    3. Comment by calbay — October 22, 2007 @ 9:44 am #

  4. Anyone who thinks Tedford is some offensive genius is headed down the perilous path that got over 900 people killed at Jonestown. Tedford is no God and he is certainly no genius. He is a fraud of a coach masquerading as a savior. He is no savior, he is stubborn and egotistical. He will leave us after this season for a lucrative contract at a university that actually has training facilities and supportive fans.

    4. Comment by Ricardo Vierga De La Fuente — October 22, 2007 @ 8:18 pm #

  5. “Let’s hope that the … fans stay strong despite these disappointing times.”

    you said it, lead the way. though not a “hardcore” fan, one way to put it is–my uc berkeley education is paying my bills. how can i turn? i’m not a fan, but i’m a bear.

    5. Comment by jontsai — October 24, 2007 @ 1:19 am #

  6. Look at Urban Meyer ’s play calling at Florida.
    Up 7 with only a few minutes left , he called pass play that resulted in quick TD and eventual victory versus Kentucky last weekend.
    If Tedford was coaching Florida then , they could have lost that game.
    We almost lost the game versus Colorado State earlier in the season ,remember ?
    In summary ,Tedford calls play not to lose:-)
    I agree with previous comments … he is no football genius . His success has more to do with his recruiting instead of his coaching.
    Well , you can do so much in recruiting .And your failure on the field will come back and bite you in recruiting .

    6. Comment by calbay — October 24, 2007 @ 9:54 am #

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