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Halftime

By Jonathan Okanes
Saturday, November 10th, 2007 at 7:01 pm in Gameday.

It was big for the Bears that they stopped the Trojans on their last possession of the first half. After USC had put together that long drive to take a 14-10 lead, the Bears went three-and-out. The Trojans took over on their own 13 with 3:16 left in the half but could register just one first down before having to punt.

Some halftime stats:

Justin Forsett has 67 yards rushing.
Nate Longshore is 8-for-14 for 123 yards.
Chauncey Washington has 104 yards rushing.
Cal has outgained USC, 213-160

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  • Unbearably disappointed

    At the start of this season I was thinking Longshore would be gone to the NFL next year and we’d be starting a new QB (Riley). Now I think Longshore has blown his audition season for the NFL and will definitely be back in Berkeley for his senior season BUT we may be starting a new QB next year nonetheless. 1 TD and 11 interceptions in the fourth quarter for his Cal career? Are you kidding?

    My wife wasn’t even watching the game but when I said “here we go… now all Cal needs to do is drive 92 yards and then win in OT” she replied “Longshore is going to throw an interception”. I scoffed “you’re probably right” – and she was.

    He’s got a lot of mechanics to work on this spring and summer. Good luck buddy.

  • R

    I know you’ve been defending Nate and I was really hoping he would have a blowout game today so that he can win a lot of the fans back but I just feel really terrible about our defense and our seniors. Again, they’ve been out for too long and being runned over by more gifted players.

    1 Touchdown, 11 Interceptions in the 4th quarter for his career. I could care less if that’s in the first quarter but the fourth is where everything matters. It’s arguable we have the best receiving corp in the entire conference yet our TD/INT ratio is almost 1:1. Tedford said it was the weather but I’m pretty sure Booty was playing in the same weather. Even when the camera showed, Nate talking to Jordan or Jackson after a missed completion, neither player looked very pleased. It seemed (in my opinion) resolvement wasn’t being made and the offensive chemistry is just not there.

    I apologize for the rant and i’m still going to watch all the rest of the cal games even if Longshore starts but you have to admit that the fans are frusterated.

  • Koreambear

    Jonathan,

    Can you please ask Coach Tedford what has been on the hearts of Cal fans the last 5 weeks: “why won’t you play Riley?”

    Will

  • Big D

    LONGSHORE HAS GOT TO GO!!! I DON’T CARE ANYMORE, THE GUY SUCKS! I CAN’T BE NICE, THE GUY IS GARBAGE. TEDFORD NEEDS TO AT LEAST PUT RILEY IN FOR A FEW SERIES TO KEEP THE DEFENSE OFF BALANCE. LONGSHORE REMINDS ME A LOT LIKE AYOOB. LONGSHORE BLEW 3 GAMES ALL BY HIMSELF ALREADY! LONGSHORE IS AS TIRED AS U$C’S LAME SONG. I ALSO HATE ALL U$C FANS. THERE WERE A FEW OF THEM AT THE GAME AND THEY ARE SO FREAKING ANNOYING. GABBING ABOUT IRRLEIVENT CRAP THE WHOLE GAME, DUDE, STAY HOME AND WATCH THE GAME ON TV IF YOU AREN’T GOING TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE GAME. AND, WHATS UP WITH THEIR LAME SONG, DUH DUH DUT DUH DUH, DUUUUH DUH DUH… HOW LAME IS THAT! GET SOME NEW MATERIAL. F-U$C… I HATE THEM ALL!!!

  • Big D

    Sadly, I told my wife in the stands, in the 4th quarter when we got the ball back with about 3 minutes left, “I won’t be surprised if Longshore throws an interception here” and what do you know, the M-F-er throws an INT. G-DAMN man! U$C didn’t beat us, crappy Longshore beat us. I hate Longshore!

  • Big D

    One last rant, whats up with the PAC-10 refs. For the past 2 years they have been blowing calls way too much. On a CAL punt, Sundberg swatted the ball about 8 yards backwards, and the ref didn’t blow the whistle, but gave SC the ball where it stopped and not where the CAL player touched it. I know it benefitted CAL, but still, the REFs blew other calls too. I noticed a couple of blocks in the back and false starts on BOTH sides and it seemed very inconsistant on when they threw the flags. THEN, watching the OSU/UW game, I personally don’t care who wins, but OSU “fumbled” on the 1/2 yard line when Bernard’s knee hit the ground, the ball came out and the refs gave the ball to UW. it was clearly NOT a fumble, and they didn’t reveiw it or nothing. OSU fans were booing that BS call the rest of the game (good for them). The PAC-10 refs suck almost as bad as Longshore does! Don’t even get me started on the OU/Oklahomo game last year.

  • oski bear tommy trojan

    cal is mediocre in evey facet. Record, stats, and coaching.

    The Jeff Tedford magic has finally been used up.

  • dball

    A friend of mine has talked with some of the players over the last few weeks and said that the receivers and many of the seniors had already given up as early as a few weeks ago. It was obvious last night: the receivers weren’t running their routes right, and Longshore wasn’t aiming at any receivers in particular on most of his throws. Longshore was just throwing the ball into a space where he thought the receivers would be, but I seriously doubt he actually checked to see if the receivers were still on their routes before he let go of the ball. On a rainy day, when the receivers are going to be running slower, sloppier routes, the QB can’t just throw into space based on where the receivers “should be”. I don’t know why I’m still so surprised, by now I should know that Longshore just isn’t the star we thought he’d grow into. I’m also tired of Tedford making excuses for his QB. Those who still want to make excuses for him, remember that there were two QBs on the field yesterday, and Booty sucked up his mistakes and led his team to victory.

  • calfan

    JO,
    This forum is provided by a news company with journalistic integrity right? Well then why do we see comments posted without any editing or deletion of rants from supposed Cal fans/flames from opposing fans from who knows where? You should at least make people post their full name and city if they want to have such angry/childish flames printed by a major newsgroup for the world to read. Your forum is the only one available for interaction/feedback with a Cal beat writer. I didn’t know it was also a spot for people to bitch and moan/post childishly annonymously. As a loyal CC times subcriber and reader of your articles/blog I hope you police your comments section. Now for my question, what’s up with the QB situation/WR’s? Do you think we might see some of those players sit a little next weekend? If they can’t get on the same page something needs to be done. Thanks for providing your inside knowledge JO.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Will, Tedford has been asked about it before and he has said it’s Longshore’s experience and familiarity with the offense that gives him an edge.

    Calfan, if you have a complaint about some of the comments on the blog, you should probably contact someone in our management. I have no way of policing the comments. I just am able to post entries, and also entries, just like you. As for your question, I can’t imagine anyone sitting. That would send a message that they were giving up.

  • Big D

    “CALFAN”, if you don’t like people’s “rants” then don’t read them. There is a thing called freedom of speech in this country, if you can’t handle it, you need to go someplace else. start your own blog. May I suggest you call it, “lollypops, puppies, and rainbows” or something nice and cuddly, because you can’t handle anything else. I also subscribe to the contra costa times, so what’s your point? I don’t see your name, address, and telephone # listed here either, hypocrite. Quit YOUR whining dude!

  • calfan

    My name is Mark McGraw. Played college athletics and am not going to post my address and phone number for you because you strike me as just crazy enough to come to my home with a weapon. why so angry “Big D”? If you think annonymously pissing and moaning about college kids is worth your time and want to hide behind free speak laws I suggest you are the coward. Go say it to Tedford’s/Cal players faces. If you are so angry why are you not out there cussing them out after practice? Or are you afraid to voice your opinion in person, mysterious “Big D”, if you feel so strongly?

  • Big D

    Hey “CALFAN”, or John Smith or , Mrs. Longshore, whatever your name is, what, no phone # and address? YOU call ME a coward! YOU want the names etc. of people who want to express their opinion on a blog. Are you Tug Mcgraw’s boy? Do you star on a show called, “Spice up my kitchen”? Do you work at “Sandler Sales Institute? Since you asked and want to personally attack people, I’ll tell you why I’m so passionate (what YOU call angry). I get frustrated watching the obvious happen again and again and again. Didn’t somebody (Einstien?)once say, “Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result is the meaning of insanity”?
    I feel sorry for you because you must be a really docile and boring individual, who has nothin better to do then try to be a blog do-gooder and whine about other people.