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Armed Forces Bowl: enter Riley

Posted by Eric | January 4, 2008 at 5:37 pm | In Games, Quarterback |
Kevin Riley
Photo: My Bear Territory

QB Kevin Riley entered the game with the Bears looking hopelessly behind, with 0 points to Air Force’s 21. In the face of adversity, the bowl’s MVP played magnificently and led the Bears to a 42-36 victory.

Riley completed 16 of 19 passes for 269 yards while tossing 3 touchdowns and rushing for another, all with no interceptions or mistakes — racking up a stunning 255.54 passer rating.

Some may suggest a quarterback controversy, but I see no such thing. 2008 should be a great season, as the Riley era has begun.


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  1. Has anyone ever found out from Tedford or anyone in the Cal staff as to WHY Riley wasn’t given another shot at starting after the OSU game?

    Especially given Longshore’s condition?

    1. Comment by Dan B — January 5, 2008 @ 11:08 am #

  2. I’ve supported NL all year long. And, frankly, I think he’s pretty good for Pac-10 football. But the lack of great offensive line and several good RB (not just one, i.e. #20) caught up to him this year, as he didn’t have the complete team to cover his obvious flaws — i.e. slow as molasses. Competition between #9 and #13 will be great — may the best man win, for, in the end, the team will be better for it. But, yeah: that #13 sure looked very very good. Quick feet, strong arm, decisive, and a je ne c’est qua regarding leadership ability in the face of adversity. I’m not saying he’s Joe Montana a la Notre Dame: but, hopefully #13 as good as #3 was way back then in pulling off miraculous comeback wins (against Air Force no less!)

    2. Comment by tony_daysog — January 11, 2008 @ 6:54 pm #

  3. …I keep forgetting to say this about the Cal-Air Force game: the other team did look a bit small, i.e. midget-like. Wasn’t their star offensive player something like 135 pounds and 4 feet 7 inches? So, while #13 did great, let’s not get tooo ahead of ourselves — not that Cal alums or students ever get worked up and psyched over much to begin with.

    3. Comment by tony_daysog — January 11, 2008 @ 7:06 pm #

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