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Football: From the press room

–Two injuries to report after the game: Tight end Spencer Ladner has a knee injury. No word yet on its severity. Defensive back Sean Cattouse suffered a concussion.

–Five players made their first career starts: LB D.J. Holt, FB Brian Holley, LB Mychal Kendricks, TE Anthony Miller and OG Matt Summers-Gavin.

–Defensive end Ernest Owusu had the first two sacks of his career.

–Kendricks led Cal with 12 tackles.

–Reserve running back Peter Guerts rejoined the team Friday after quitting during training camp. The Bears’ depth took a hit when Kevin Lewis was ruled academically ineligible and Langston Walker got hurt. Jeff Tedford felt like he needed another running back so he called Guerts on Thursday. Guerts got into the game and had one carry for four yards.

–The Bears outgained the Terps 542-303

–Cal was 8-for-14 on third down

That’s it for now at this hour. I’ll have much more tomorrow, and will be writing a follow-up story for Monday’s paper.

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.

  • javidbestforpres

    we dont get any respect on sportscenter….it only showed an express clip of the game…bull…

  • Pete Carroll

    Very impressive game by Riley. He started slow and his first passes were behind receivers, but as he got in the groove he hit some great passes. The touchdown pass where he ducked under the rusher was terrific. The bomb to Marvin Jones we another great throw. It looks like Kevin Riley is going to be adequate. JO – care to revisit your prediction for the PAC-10 race.

    The Bears are real folks. I was excited before the game and even more excited now.

    Go Bears!

  • abe

    its been a while since espn has become a sucker for all the traditional schools and literally ignore the rest of college football nation. this reality is no more apparent than watching sc on saturday evenings. its disgusting. you see the highlights from the same few matches involving these traditional powerhouses over and over and over again and you hear the analysis over and over and over again. what a shame because it in a way signifies exactly what is wrong with college football as far as perception and how that affects ranking goes. i understand there is a lot of games and its hard to cover all of them but they can at least cover the ranked teams and they dont. Best had a 70+ yard run for a TD, probably the longest of the day but do you know how many times i saw the highlight for that? ZERO…NADA…ZIP… NOTHING.

  • Josh

    I thought Riley played very well- better than Monte Poole gave him credit for in his article. I was also blown away by the play of the WRs. They made some tough catches and just as important they didn’t miss the easy catches. Lots of good stuff in this game. Sydquan was awesome out there too. But can someone tell me why we have been unable for years to find a player who can kick a kickoff into the endzone?

  • MountainJim

    I guess the way I look at it is that the questions I have were not answered, and that is a good thing. If the receivers had trouble catching the ball or getting open that would have answered one question. If Riley failed to find them, or to hit multiple options, that would be another. If the defense had been unable to generate real pressure, a third.

    The only answers in this game at home against a mediocre team would have been negative. I hope to see some positive answers in two weeks at Minnesota.

  • HOUSE

    But is Minnesota the type of team that we really want to judge our team on. I don’t know if you watched their game earlier against Syracuse but they looked VERY sloppy. I think our true test doesn’t hit us until at least Autzen, and that’s assuming the ducks pull it together. Very promising game though, no doubt about it.

  • BluenGold

    Way, way off topic (though that does not seem to be a problem for the powers that be at CCTimes these days), but I thought Cal showed a lot of class by honoring the two U.C. policewomen who were instrumental in breaking open the Dugard case, and the crowd showed a great deal of class be responding so enthusiastically to them.

  • MSW1

    On the “no respect from ESPN” thing, I think this one was all about time zones. It was a weekend, and by the time the game was over, all of the peeps cutting up footage and writing new copy had long since gone to bed. If it had been an afternoon game, we would have gotten plenty of play. If there’s one thing ESPN loves to do, it’s pimp the games they televise on they’re own network.

    Also, I know it seems ESPN just favors East Coast teams/conferences, but I think it’s just that they favor the top 25 (which is East Coast heavy because of the East Coast media bias that doesn’t exist and is all in our collective West Coast imagination). Luckily for us, it seems like Cal is going to be a regular fixture in or around the top 25 for the foreseeable future.

    Just wait for Oregon and USC (both of which are televised on their parent network). They’ll be drooling all over Cal for those.

  • Jan K Oski

    Nailed it, MSW. When I was young, I’d watch ESPN a lot, but I wouldn’t waste my time watching hours of it, because they rarely change what they report during the night. Actually, Sports Center is replayed. But, if Cal beats the ducks, they’ll be going crazy over our Bear’s match-up with $C.

    Go BEARS!