Nate’s day

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.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Lady Bear in LA

    Yes, the passing game worked when the coaches decided to call pass plays. Unfortunately the coaches decided to run up the middle for 2-yard gains 90% of the time, and it cost us the game!

  • marke estis

    it seemed to me that they didn’t take advantage as the team kept trying to pound the ball without success. Also, why didn’t they use timeouts at the end of the first half. An extra couple of plays might have allowed the team to advance the ball to a point where the field goal could have been made.

    thanks for your notes

  • Mike Heath

    “but it was clear the Bruins were focusing on stopping Cal’s rushing attack.”

    Clear to everyone but Tedford, evidenced by his abandonement of the passing game in the fourth quarter.