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…The Pac-10 announced that the Oct. 4 game against Arizona State will air on ABC and begin at 12:30 p.m. This implies ABC, which gets first choice, felt the Cal-ASU game was the best one remaining that hadn’t already been picked up for television. The choice was between Cal-ASU, Washington-Arizona and Washington State-UCLA.

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.

  • Kevin Harte

    Jonathan,

    I was at the Maryland game and the Bears did not look good. I am not sure why Coach T did not make a QB change.

    Let’s face the Terps were 12 to 15 yards off the receivers in the 4th Quarter. All this hype about Kevin Riley was for not. He did not play well.

    Lets hope he has a better game against CSU or it might be time to bring in Nate L.

  • 87 Bear Fan

    Kevin,

    I don’t know what you are smoking, but even if Riley did not play well; have you forgotten the 2 picks this year that Nate has already thrown?? And all those painful 4th quarters last year? Riley’s our guy and I will take him win or lose.

  • CalAlum97

    Kevin, you must just plain not like Riley, because your comment is pure opinion without facts. Sure, Riley had a slow start, but you can’t just say he didn’t ‘look good,’ because that just isn’t the case.

    First off, the O-line gave up 6 or 7 sacks and probably another 3-4 rushes out of the pocket. How can a QB get into his rhythm in this environment? You could argue, however, that that Riley has to learn to throw away the ball quicker and I would completely agree with that. But he’s a rookie and he’s learning (pretty fast I’d say).

    Second, we never did establish the running game. We began to shift to more of a pure passing game and Maryland was aware of this. Receivers were not getting open and were covered like white on rice most of the time. Riley sat in the pocket, waited for receivers to get open, looked to his secondary (nothing there either), and kept looking until he was forced to scrable. Even when he wasn’t sacked, he had nobody to throw to. Riley did overthrow some receivers on some long passes, and I agree he needs improvement there as well, but again, he never had a chance to get into a rhythm til the 4th quarter.

    And, as Hyrdro pointed out, “it’s not like Riley played 4 quarters of mediocre play. It was like 1 quarter of sub-par play, 2 quarters of okay play, and 1 quarter of above average play. In the end, Riley was 33 out of 58 for the day (56.9%) which isn’t great or good – more like ‘eh.’”

    He still had the intangibles that Nate doesn’t have, mobility, speed, passion, and team leadership. Riley is still young but learning at an astounding speed. He is the future of this offense and will be worth his weight in gold in the near future.

  • CalAlum97

    Also from a fan sitting near the bench during the game, “Sitting about 5 rows off the field behind CAL’s bench, it was clear that a few of Riley’s errant passes were due to WRs cutting the wrong way or taking the wrong route. Riley was visiably frustrated on at least 2-3 drives – Tedford seemed to agree. His INT was a result of the WR slipping on the field and the DB jumped the route.”
    –from BearInsider

  • Jan K Oski

    Adding to CalAlum97 position, Riley was the only visible team leader on the sideline during the Maryland game, as he was seen yelling at his teammates to relay them. Did anyone ever see Longshore attempting to do this in his 3 years in the program? In defense of Longshore, it isn’t his personality to be that way, but sometimes some people need a fearless leader screaming at them to get 110% from them, when all appears lost. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a couple of come from behind victories with Riley at the healm as a result. He has faltered twice, but he single-handidly beat Air Force with his arm and legs. GO BEARS!

  • http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2008/9/19/617183/reviewing-cal-maryland-wha Jan K Oski

    CalAlum97 didn’t supply a link to Hydrotech’s review of the zone blocking that also killed Cal’s running game as well as hurt in protecting Riley… Click on my name for your convenience. For thos who are intellectually challenged you can still copy and paste:

    http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2008/9/19/617183/reviewing-cal-maryland-wha

  • http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2008/9/19/617183/reviewing-cal-maryland-wha Jan K Oski

    Hey JO, I’d like to hear a little more about this zone blocking versus man on man blocking. Since you’ve got Tedford’s ear, tomorrow, are you brave enough to ask Tedford ‘n Company about it? Go Bears!

  • http://www.bearinsider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3072 Jan K Oski

    Vote 4 the Gold Out!

    http://www.bearinsider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3072

    “I don’t think you do it too much,” (Georgia Head Coach) Mike Richt said (about the planned
    Black-out against Bama). “Our fans really enjoyed it, our players certainly enjoyed it. Our seniors, they certainly want to have an ownership of that type of thing.”