Yes, Nate Longshore’s interception at the end of Saturday’s game was devastating, but overall the Bears had to be happy how he performed coming back from his sprained right ankle. He was on the mark for 22 of 34 completions for 232 yards and three touchdowns, although he also threw three picks (the final one essentially was meaningless with Cal trailing by nine with time winding down).
Longshore’s effectiveness was due in large part to the offensive line’s ability to protect him. Obviously, the line struggled to create running room for the Bears’ ground game, but it was clear the Bruins were focusing on stopping Cal’s rushing attack. Longshore and the Bears took advantage.