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Cal at Washington

Posted by Eric | November 17, 2007 at 4:59 am | In Games |

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It’s raining in Seattle.

The Huskies’ freshman quarterback Jake Locker is out, but Carl Bonnell is an adequate backup despite throwing 5 picks last season against the Bears. Meanwhile, Cal will be missing DE Rulon Davis, RB Jahvid Best, and DT Matt Malele. DB Marcus Ezeff may be back.

Cal has no business allowing Washington to stay close in this one, but we shall see how the team plays for pride. After Oregon’s loss to Arizona, hopes of 2 Pac-10 teams in BCS are gone. Emerald Bowl here we come.

EDIT: Here is a live video feed of the game from ESPN.

EDIT 2: Cal loses 37-23. Unbelievable.

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  1. Washington defers the coin toss, and the Cal captains choose to kick off? That mistake will hurt, as they’ll begin both halves.

    They rip off a 40-something yard run and score almost immediately. Of course, we respond with a 3 and out, punt drive.

    This may be a long, painful game.

    1. Comment by Eric — November 17, 2007 @ 1:01 pm #

  2. GOOD LORD the run D is horrible. Louis Rankin is killing the defense.

    2. Comment by James — November 17, 2007 @ 1:06 pm #

  3. Looks like the Bears have given up on this season. 14-0 in the first quarter, and the Huskies already have a million rushing yards.

    Garbage.

    3. Comment by Eric — November 17, 2007 @ 1:13 pm #

  4. I love screen plays on 3rd and long! They are so effective…in forcing us to punt.

    4. Comment by Screen Plays — November 17, 2007 @ 1:13 pm #

  5. The shot of Coach getting upset at someone on the sidelines before kickoff says it all. This season is as good as done and with a few exceptions, that’s how they’re playing.

    This is a little off-track but did anyone see the HBO special on the Michigan-Ohio rivalry? Cal is never going to be a serious football school if the fans sit idly by and allow mediocrity. It’s too bad that the merlot-sipping alumni-bandwagon crowd are considered ‘true fans’ because they don’t bother questioning the crap that has taken place this year. “Well, I remember when we were 2-9, this is way better than that”. If that is your outlook on things you suck and you are not a true fan. No, I am not an alumni, but I’ve been a life-long Cal football fan and damn prooud of it. You’ll never see someone in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, even Oregon ask someone “did you go there?”, just because they’re wearing the team’s sweatshirt or hat.

    Get a grip alumni. If you really are a fan go after the problems you see and quit settling for ‘better than last’. Go Bears!

    5. Comment by fungmunkey — November 17, 2007 @ 1:37 pm #

  6. I LOVE YOU NATE! Anyone see how good he is playing? The kid is the best QB in the Pac 10! How could anyone ever seriously consider benching this QB and giving the rookie playing time? We have so much to play for! WE just can’t risk it. Besides Nate is playing better than Carson Palmer did during his Heisman year! Oh i love you Nate!

    6. Comment by GO BEARS! — November 17, 2007 @ 2:13 pm #

  7. LOL! For a second, I thought the above poster was another one of the idiots I have to stand near in the stands.

    How ’bout that GoalLine Offense! Amazing! I really respect Coach Tedford’s resolve. Just because it didn’t work the last 12 times we tried it doesn’t mean it won’t work this time! Hm. Another field goal. Well there’s always next time…

    7. Comment by Screen Plays — November 17, 2007 @ 3:07 pm #

  8. Rankin has a reasonable chance to threaten the all-time single game Pac-10 rushing mark. He’s got 220 yards halfway through the 3rd quarter. I realize that this is in no way a perfect way to predict football, but at this rate, he’ll wind up with 352 yards on the ground (1/(37.5/60)*220)). (The record: 357, Rueben Mayes, Washington State vs. Oregon, 1984 (39 rushes)). This is painful.

    8. Comment by Screen Plays — November 17, 2007 @ 3:13 pm #

  9. WOW, the refs literally are handing the game to Washington. They need to be suspended or fired for this debacle.

    9. Comment by Eric — November 17, 2007 @ 3:27 pm #

  10. The refs are bad yes, but it’s not like the Bears are doing that much. 2 & 32. Run? 3 & half a mile? RUN!!!???!!! Granted I don’t get paid millions of dollars to coach football professionally, but I feel like there are better ways to try and mount a come-back.

    10. Comment by Screen Plays — November 17, 2007 @ 3:42 pm #

  11. Ah man, the bears are awful. I knew we were bad but I had no idea it was this bad. This team has given up.

    11. Comment by BOB — November 17, 2007 @ 3:49 pm #

  12. AND WHY HAVE THEY GIVEN UP?!? Could it be they have given up on Longshore and Gregory and Alamar and a host of others? Delgado has to go also! Ferigno, you are terrible! The only one who can be salvaged is Tedford. The rest gotta go, like sooner rather than later.

    Excuse me while I throw up!

    Good try Bears. It’s not your fault your coaches (aside from Tedford, most of the time) suck! Things will get better team! Hang in there!

    12. Comment by Seth — November 17, 2007 @ 4:36 pm #

  13. Sadly, I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t expect a win, and I’m not even surprised when they lose.

    Our defense is horrible. Longshore’s ankle ruined his confidence and the teams entire year.

    On the bright side…I don’t see Tedford getting many offers this offseason.

    Here’s for 2008!!!

    13. Comment by SB — November 17, 2007 @ 5:42 pm #

  14. Having grown up in the South and followed SEC football most all my life until recently where I have a certain alliegance to Cal now that my son attends school there (and plays in the Band), let me say I have never before witnessed such a lack of character in any team as displayed by Cal this year. And please, get some decent-size running backs. These short backs get run down far too often and they hardly ever can speed around corners. At least we dont have to quibble over the Emerald Bowl, as we have lost even that possible, nose-above-shameful bowl bid.

    14. Comment by David — November 17, 2007 @ 8:18 pm #

  15. David, I don’t know how you can blame “decent-size running backs” for this game. Justin Forsett was one of the few players who REFUSED to give up and gave it his all. Even after limping off the field he returned to give it his all. Shame on you.

    Oh, and as for “hardly ever can speed around corners”? Youtube “Forsett” and watch his clips from 2006. Forsett has the speed to run past almost any safety or corner in the Pac-10 save an elite 10%. And for those, we have DeSean Jackson, Lavelle Hawkins, and Robert Jordan, who do not get anywhere enough praise for the kind of blocking they provide for Forsett (and Lynch, and especially for each other).

    15. Comment by JL — November 17, 2007 @ 9:04 pm #

  16. I have to agree with David. It seems that Cal just threw their hands up after the Oregon St. loss, a domino affect occurred and the team could not rebound. I could be wrong but there seems to be too much individualism on the team, co cohesion and a huge lack of synergy. The guys on the Cal football team have to understand that not everyone of them will go pro, matter of fact a small percentage make it. They have to play for the love of the game and it seems that Cal lost that love early in the season. If there is one player that steps up to the plate and makes big plays is Zack Follet. Follet definitely has NFL presence and size! However, in reference to David’s comment about Cal’s running back size, I agree. I think Cal needs bigger back’s and bigger wide-receivers. DeSean needs to stay and finish his college career and develop his skills as a receiver. He’s crazy to go into the NFL draft this year, plus he needs to bulk up, he’s a bit small for the NFL. Just a side note for fungmonkey. U.C. Berkeley is not a football school and to be honest I don’t think it ever will be or want to be. It’s the most prestigious public university in the world, so being a football school does not fit the U.C. Berkeley profile,but I do believe that there can be an equilibrium between great Cal football and academics, that’s ideal. However, how many schools have that equilibrium? I’m a Cal fan in addition to being a student. The energy on the Berkeley campus was awesome at the beginning of the season.It’s so sad to see the team drop off like this, what a shame.

    16. Comment by C.Neal — November 17, 2007 @ 9:35 pm #

  17. I forgot to mention that I watched the fourth quarter during my lunch break and Forsett looked like he put in everything he had. What a warrior! It’s just unfortunate things did not go their way. I do believe that Forsett is a definite NFL prospect along with Follet.I think DeSean will be effective in the NFL too. I just hope he stays one more season to develop and bulk up. The average weight for NFL receivers seems to be around 195-200 lbs. Lastly, it hurts to see the team in this state but no matter what I love Cal whether they win or lose..Go Bears!

    17. Comment by C.Neal — November 17, 2007 @ 9:49 pm #

  18. I would love to see Forsett play in the NFL. Sadly as I have been an NFL observer for years I can tell you there is ZERO chance he plays. He might be able to make a practice squad, but that’ll be it.

    The NFL is a much different animal than college ball, and if you don’t have the size going in teams wont even look at you.

    18. Comment by Seth — November 17, 2007 @ 10:03 pm #

  19. Wow! I didn’t realize that Forsett was just 5ft 8 and 196 lbs. I see where your coming from Seth…thanks for the info!

    19. Comment by C.Neal — November 17, 2007 @ 10:24 pm #

  20. I know, it sucks. If he ran a 4.2 40 a team might take a chance on him as a kick returner, but Forsett only has average speed. I’ll tell you what the kid does have though, something that can’t be measured, tremendous heart. When he got stopped two yards in the backfield down on the one yard line because someone doesn’t know how to block, I felt really bad for him. I mean he got de-cleated and you know that had to hurt like hell. I remember how it feels to get smashed from my days in High School, and a hit like that would have sent many bigger backs to the sidelines for a while. Forsett just manned up and took it. I’m telling you, the kid has heart. If only he could put on twenty pounds and grow five inches!

    20. Comment by Seth — November 17, 2007 @ 10:55 pm #

  21. C.Neal, have you ever heard of the University of Michigan? The “winningest program in the history of college football”? Last I checked, they were right behind us as #2 most prestigious public institution in the United States.

    How about University of Texas? They just won a national championship a few years back.

    University of Wisconsin? Consistently high up in the Big 10.

    And our little cousins down south, UCLA? A long football tradition (ignoring this current brainfart under Dorrell), plus a strong basketball team.

    That’s not even including other sports. University of North Carolina excels in basketball. The same goes for Duke (not a public institution, but a damned fine academic institution)

    There is nothing preventing us from becoming a true football power AND a premier academic institution. Anyone hiding behind “oh we concentrate behind academics” is not doing himself any favors. We can be both.

    21. Comment by JL — November 18, 2007 @ 1:39 pm #

  22. I totally respect your comment JL, but when I’m on campus, Berkeley just doesn’t have that football powerhouse presence. We are talking about a university with people living in trees for crying out loud. It’s embarrassing! No one is going to take us seriously until Cal stops taking the talent they have for granted, start playing powerhouse football and cease with the soft ‘Berkeley Type’ demeanor because we are a laughing stock right now. Cal just reminds me of the Sacramento Kings a few years ago. They steam roll at the beginning and lose that steam when its needed most. I think Michigan is a great team as well as an institution but we do not have the football legacy like the Wolverines. I think right now everyone is just crushed and emotional because of our disappointing season. It hurts to want your team to go all the way and see them fall like this. We can only hope that they get themselves together for 2008 because we have a lot of talent!

    22. Comment by C.Neal — November 18, 2007 @ 6:51 pm #

  23. I will get us to the Rose Bowl next year. However, I will not fire a single member of my staff and I will continue to play Longshore. As it stands now he will be playing in the Big Game. Oh and just to let you guys know, I have no intention of opening up competition for the QB slot next year. If Riley wants to be an idiot like Reed and transfer he can, because I will never play him as long as Nate is a Bear. All of you need to learn something about loyalty, something you clearly do not possess. Why we are talking about it, why the hell haven’t you been more loyal to me! You fans are so ungrateful for what I have done for your once pathetic team. Questioning me and my motives is blasphemous. If you want to keep your season tickets I suggest you keep your mouths shut. Because if I can match any of the names here to season ticket holders, and if your view is negative of me and my staff, you will be out and sitting on Tightwad before you know it!

    23. Comment by Jeff Tedford — November 18, 2007 @ 7:09 pm #

  24. Nice try posing as Tedford and very funny. We are all looking forward to seeing Cal in the Walmart Bowl next year. I’m sorry I mean the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Bowl or maybe I was thinking of the Taco bell Bowl or 99cent Store Bowl? Hey we might as well laugh this season off, some of these posts are awesome!HaHaHa

    24. Comment by C. Neal — November 18, 2007 @ 8:26 pm #

  25. OK, C. Neal, your season tickets have been summarily revoked, no refund either! Should have kept your mouth shut!

    25. Comment by Jeff Tedford — November 18, 2007 @ 10:04 pm #

  26. Theres only one problem coach. I don’t have season tickets and the view from tightwad hill is awesome!Have you talked to the University of California Regents about retrofitting Memorial Stadium. I would hate to see Longshore trip over some of the crumbling cement and hurt his little ankle again.I’m just waiting to see that place just collapse. Hahahahaha.

    26. Comment by C.Neal — November 19, 2007 @ 11:21 am #

  27. C. Neal,

    Perhaps Cal doesn’t have a football powerhouse presence because of the same outlook you shared here. Cal’s football history and tradition is not in question here. Being from Nor Cal, born and raised, I always knew that good local football players go to Cal. No one talked about Stanfurd, UOP, Saint Mary’s, or Sonoma State. If you were good enough in high school you went to Cal, bottom line. This state is filled with small-town football heroes that passed through Memorial Stadium. The history and tradition are there. The attitude is not there. I was not fortunate enough to matriculate from Cal, but I’ve always payed attention to the team, even when I was playing ball at another college. As a matter of fact, the first football game I ever attended was a Cal game when I was three years old. I’m not the only fan out there like this. Nor Cal is full of Cal fans ready and willing to get behind a school that is actively in pursuit of championships. That doesn’t mean a team or coaching staff content with a 2-win season, or a 6-win season for that matter. Cal has all of the makings of a football powerhouse: history, tradition, great players, educational excellence, fan base, and funding. What is the problem here? Acceptance of mediocrity.

    You don’t have to be a “dumb” school to be a great football school. I think our little Trojan friends down south can attest to that. Or do they not share the same excellence in academia as Cal?

    27. Comment by fungmunkey — November 19, 2007 @ 3:50 pm #

  28. fungmonkey

    I really appreciate your comment and I hope I did not offend you in anyway. Your comment motivated me to take a good look at myself and ask “Why am I a fan of Cal football”, and am I a genuine fan? I think I wanted to see them go to a major bowl game so bad that I lost sight of the true essence of what being a fan is. Your comment is very clear, intelligent and backed with reason. I have to respect that. I just hope the team gets themselves together. I was told, from a reliable resource that there is a huge element of ‘meism’ on the team. The person who told me this information has a class with a couple of Cal football players. Some of players are just concerned with going pro and they are not playing as a team. I think some of the players became over-confident and forgot what it means to play with togetherness and they fell apart. I agree, we can’t point the finger and single out just one individual, but there is obviously a huge chemistry problem and I would hate to have to rectify that matter as a head coach. I appreciate what Tedford has done for Cal, I really do. I know I can be a bit sarcastic in my comments but I like Tedford. I just hope he doesn’t get discouraged and opt out of his contract. Lloyd Carr’s retirement could cause a domino effect in college football and I hope that Tedford is not affected by it as well. In reference to California being filled with small-town football greats. You are absolutely correct. I lived in Davis, CA. for six years and that town has U.C. Davis Aggie Football pride. The energy is everywhere and I miss that energy and wish it was like that here in Berkeley. I saw so many outstanding football players come out of U.C. Davis and maybe one or two will get picked-up as free agents to the N.F.L. but being a D-1AA school, U.C. Davis doesn’t get as much attention as Cal but, there are players on the U.C.D. Football team that could easily play D-1 ball and they shocked Stanford in 2005. However, in reference to Cal lets just hope next year is a Cal Football year. Going to the Rose Bowl will really heighten school pride and I think Berkeley would really benefit from it as well. I admit the apathy needs to die…Go Bears!

    28. Comment by C.Neal — November 19, 2007 @ 5:33 pm #

  29. I agree with a lot of the posts and I don’t know if necessarily there is apathy, but I think I can probably speak for a lot fans when I express frustration. I graduated from CAL at a time when the team struggled under the likes of Gilbertson and Holmoe. We just could not win a Big Game even. Tedford has done a wonderful elevating CAL to this position, but it’s hard to comprehend why he cannot get them to the next level, especially with the talent that was present this year. If there is a lot of ‘meism,’ isn’t it the coaches job to pull everyone together? And this isn’t the first time CAL has collapsed after suffering disappointment. Remember the Holiday Bowl against Texas Tech?

    I think there is definitely something going on with the coaching as well as the players. Maybe Tedford and the staff themselves have lost their focus after those losses. Poor play calling (How many 1st and goals have we not punchedin this year?), sticking with an injured quarterback, not getting players motivated and focused, not making proper 2nd half adjustments (How many games have we led going into halftime and come out with a loss? And I don’t just mean this year!!), and players exhibiting brain cramps (kicking off to UW, Riley not throwing the ball away) are all signs to me that there are some coaching problems.

    I do hope they can “right the ship” and keep the Axe where it belongs and represent the Pac-10 well in a bowl game. Go Bears!!!

    29. Comment by JC — November 20, 2007 @ 12:16 am #

  30. I agree JC…awesome post!

    30. Comment by C.Neal — November 20, 2007 @ 12:31 pm #

  31. I am sorry cal hasn’t played very well the last few weeks but I still think they’re a great football team.

    I’m only 8 years old but a huge CAL fan.

    Go Bears!!!!!

    Beat Stanford!!!!!

    31. Comment by Nat the Rat B — November 21, 2007 @ 6:01 pm #

  32. I like the post by JC and it reminded me of half time adjustments over the last 2 years…

    In close games, Tedford could make excellent half time adjustments and we could always depend on that. I think the Oregon St. loss affected everyone after the huge Oregon win. Since then the Bears haven’t been able to bounce back and basically lost all confidence.

    Here’s to 2008….Hopefully we don’t lay an egg next Saturday against Stanfurd!!!!!

    32. Comment by SB — November 21, 2007 @ 6:09 pm #

  33. This doesn’t fit in this thread but there are BIG GAME TICKETS IN THE CAL SECTION AVAILABLE!

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/sports/ci_7569283 claims there are and I tried gostanford.com and it says that only tickets in the Cal section are available. I already have my tickets but I think it would be good if the owners of this blog could make a major post of this- in case there are Cal fans thinking there are no tickets (since the Cal ticket office has no tickets).

    Go Bears! Beat Stanford!

    33. Comment by MikeD — November 27, 2007 @ 2:58 pm #

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