bad day in the desert

If Cal fans knew at the beginning of the season, that the Bears would play USC on Nov. 18 with the Rose Bowl on the line, do you think they would have taken it?

In a heartbeat.

And that’s what they’ve got, one game that will define their season. It’s either Pasadena and the end of years of frustration or the Holiday Bowl, the Pac-10’s booby prize.

Most worrisome for this team is the fact it really has a hard time getting the offense and the defense to show up on the same day. The wins over Oregon and Oregon State were complete, but there haven’t been too many other times when both units played up to their best.

The Bears had better trot out their best on Saturday.

USC is a very physical team which figured to beat up on Oregon, just as it did. Cal is a much better match for the Trojans.

Certainly, Nate Longshore will have to be at his best. Those double clutch throws that he has gotten away with at times won’t be any good against the Trojans. He’s got to make great decisions and he has got to be accurate.

It also was alarming on Saturday that Arizona controlled the Bears’ offensive line in terms of the running. If that was because the Wildcats overmatched them with bodies up front, then the Cal coaching staff should have gone elsewhere. If the Bears simply couldn’t match Arizona’s physical play, then they could be in trouble on Saturday.

The loss at Arizona was deflating for everyone, just when it appeared the Bears would be ranked fourth or fifth in the nation going into the game. But the stakes remain the same. A win on Saturday will send Cal alums into a wild dance never seen on Figuroa.


  • roger newell

    the one area of offensive adjustment I’d like to see Coach Tedford employ when offense starts to sputter….go into “hurry up’ 2 minute offense…in the 1st,2nd,3rd and or 4th quarter regardless the score.
    AZ game….what hurts more in that loss to me….losing against such a low-life coach that openly berated his offensive coach on the sidelines when AZ QB called timeouts on several occasions.His constant ranting and raving along the sidelines with officials should’ve drawn a flag at some point.
    The Cal team made some mistakes but the officials made more and they were more costly.There were several times the game clock was at 0.00 and AZ was still allowed to get off play.The 4 and 1 AZ play with Cal leading 17-10 at AZ’s own 30 yd.line in late 3rd quarter needs PAC 10 review.The sideline official nearest the play came running up after AZ QB sneak and was pushed back from line of scrimmage and official was BEFORE 30 yd.line ready to spot ball after players were separated from pile BUT the othe sideline offiial (furthest from play) came running to play just BEHIND the 30yd. line.Th balwas tossed to official BEFORE 30 yrd. line but other official called for the ball so he could place it and he did ….enough for 1st down.
    The pass interference call on Hughes was SUSPICIOUS…I’ve replayed that a dozen times via slo-moton and pause on my VCR and it was THE GAME CHANGER OF THE DAY…..that was the FIX IS IN PHANTOM CALL which should be explained by someone from PAC 10 office.
    fINALLY, was this the same officiating crew that did Stop’s brothers game (Okla/Oregon)? I know Dave Katai was involved with both games.

  • Roland

    I still believe that the stars have aligned for a Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl victory for the Bears. It just wouldn’t be right for Cal to beat AridZona, lose to USC, beat Stanfurd and become co-champions!? That’s Big Sissy stuff! Real champions don’t back their way, or tip-toe into a championship. Nobody, especially the BCS pollsters would ever respect the Bears accomplishments this year if this happened. As I see it, to be the Heavyweight Champion of the World….you’ve got to knock out the champion with everything on the line in one fight! If there was ever a game where Cal and it’s football program could earn respect and validation as one of the nations best collegiate teams…. it’s this one with SC. If Cal wants to be considered the “Champs”, they will have to earn it with alot of body shots and a knockout left hook to the ugly Trojan mug! There can’t be any dispute when you see the Trojan lying flat on his face with the big Golden Bear standing on top of him with his giant foot on the back of his neck! I believe this is what the stars have aligned for us to see….why do you think the freaky things happened the way they did in the Aridzona game? C’mon, a wide open Hawkins stumbles at the two yard line? Lynch can’t make 2 yards? Ref’s call a routine play, pass interference on Dante? (ya really think they won because of great ‘Cat defense? Oh, please…you’re killing me if you believe this!) Don’t you think the Football Gods want to see a great fight? It was destined to go down this way. It’s going to be exciting to finally see the Bears become undisputed champs! BEARS ROLL ON!