Just like many of the other streaks that have died since Jeff Tedford took over, the curse of the Palouse is now history. It was interesting after the game how made coach Tedford seemed to be. He was not happy at all with his offense, and I would imagine his playmakers. The blocking seemed to be pretty good and the pass blocking was exceptional considering the opponent. It appeared that lately Lavelle Hawkins was becoming a huge factor and he was quiet against the Cougars. They need him to be back on his game in the coming weeks.
Isn’t it different that Cal can win a Pac-10 game by 18 points on the road against a team with a winning record and the head coach isn’t pleased? it is a sign of the times.
Cal is ranked No. 10 by the first BCS poll, but it really doesn’t matter. The Bears have to win out, and they will get a BCS berth. Anything thing less probably will lead to another trip to the Holiday Bowl. The national championship game isn’t going to happen for Cal. If Cal can beat USC, I imagine the national title game will feature the winner of Michigan-Ohio State vs. the winner of Louisville-West Virginia.
Did you notice that defensive end Steve Kelly is back in the mix on some key downs? Neat story about a kid who has fought through a mass of injuries. I will be writing about him this week.
After the game, Cal security chief Bud Turner was enjoying the win since he was around the last time Cal won in the Palouse in 1979. MArshawn Lynch took particular delight in Turner’s glee. “He said he was 40 the last time we won here,” Lynch said. “there’s no telling how old he is now.”