Football: Quick postgame note

Cal coach Jeff Tedford said wide receiver Nyan Boateng has a fractured foot. He didn’t know yet how long Boateng would be out. Boateng didn’t play in the second half.

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.

  • covinared

    Big loss. Not good, but we have depth outside.

  • ToparchiBear

    Referee calls are sucks. Few clearly are bad calls.
    One was Best got 20 yards and first down, and the other was great defense play knock down. However, Cal still prevail.

    Go Bears!

  • Goldiebear

    Since he is a senior, could he regain a year of eligibility if he does not play again this year? Isn’t 2 1/2 games played right on the borderline (less than 25% of the season)?

  • Golden Bear

    Gee, is there a pattern at work? SC is not winning and all of a sudden the constant score updates on this blog are missing.

    I wonder why? It’s not like someone is gutless, is it?

  • Pete Carroll

    ha ha ha ha ha ha – what do you think of your trojenz now Moren….boo hoo boo hoo

  • Goldiebear

    USC just lost 16-13 so I think we all know that the troll will be attending a wedding at the North Pole and will be unavailable for the rest of the college football season.

  • GoBeerz

    Awww….where’d Amy go?

  • Eric

    MoreNCsarecoming Says:
    September 19th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    You are no #8 team. You are an embarassment to the Pac 10. Unbelievable. The choke is on again.


    We struggled today against a team that was going to fight tooth and nail, but even with the struggles won by two touchdowns. Riley made big plays when he needed to, and the defense, particularly against the run, was great. I’m not sure I like handing the ball off to Vereen on 3 and 2 at the Minn 48, and I would much rather go for it than try to kick a long field goal, and special teams is going to cost a game unless there a dramatic change.

  • ToparchiBear

    I like to here what that mor… going to say about his troll now. They lost to a pac-10 cupcake. And, they might be dropped out of top 10. Oh! finally he maybe disappear from this post.

  • Eric

    Irish won on a horribly stupid decision by the Mich St QB – Weis would have been fired had they lost at home to a crappy Big-10 team, but 33-30 is embarassing. If ND gets a BCS bowl bid, every team should refuse to play in protest.

  • KevinC

    Get better soon, Nyan! We need you back in the lineup. Nice to see Jeremy Ross make a couple of huge plays in the 4Q though.

  • Larry

    I found this comment and laughed my ___ off,

    “This just in… thousands of U$C fans injured when the bandwagon they were jumping from turned over !!!”

    Maybe Moron was among them?

  • Larry

    In 2003, if U$C was 12-1 & national champions, and CAL gave them that 1 loss, does that mean CAL beat the national champions, therefore making CAL the real national champions in 2003?

  • ToparchiBear

    Agreed! Cal Tev.. need to improve his kicking game. Or, they might have a problem up there at the duck.

  • Pug

    MoreNCsarecoming says:

    Wait ’til next year.

  • Kent

    On the positive side, a great gut check, victory for Cal. That 3rd down strike from Riley to Ross in the 4th quarter was just clutch! Great play for the DL! Excellent passing plays in the 4th quarter…outstanding catch from TE Anthony Miller to help seal the game.

    On the worisime side:
    We have problems in the kicking game – I don’t know why we are still using Tevechio for kick offs…her’s terrible. In addition, kick off coverage is not very good. Opponents consistent start their drives on the 35 yeard line or better.

    FG Kicking. Damato missed a long 48 attempt, which by itself is not too big of a worry…but his kick was not even close…makes me wonder if nerves got the best of him…which is not a good sign if we are playing a close game.

    Some very questionable decisions by Riley. He’s extremely lucky that at least 3 of his passes weren’t intercepted. But he forced a bunch of throws today and was not consistently acurate (still has a problem with overthrowing his intended target).

    Overall, there were a bunch of positives to take away from this game. Cal played in its first close game and handled the pressure very well…mark of very good team! Hopefully this game will give the team more confidence that they can prevail in a close game.

  • Steve W

    Is anyone besides me noticing how Syd Quad is calling a fair catch on just about every punt sent his way? On one such punt today, he appeared to have on open field for at least 10 yards after calling a fair catch. I almost get the sense he is thinking about his upcoming pro career and doesn’t want to risk injury. If that’s the case, let’s get someone back there with sure hands who is willing to take some hits and run downfield after the catch.

    I also agree with others that Cal’s kick-off game is going to cost at least one victory unless something is done to change it. I think Cal would have had this thing won by the first half if not for the kicking game.

  • milo

    To be fair about it, all the punters Cal has faced have been good. Also I think Tedford has been preaching ball control and no turn overs. Cal isn’t perfect here but it seems to be working.

    Go Bears!

  • Kent

    Yes, I also have noticed Syd Quan’s reluctance to return punts this year.

    Also, did anyone notice that when Cal ran the ball to the outside they generally gained 4+ yards, but in the 2nd half most of their running players were designed runs between the tackles?

    I wonder why there were no passes or runs for FB Holly? He’s looked good in the 1st 2 games, I wonder why his play was not called all game.

  • abe

    Two Points:
    1.Wouldn’t be surprised to see Hagan lose his starting position, he is simply not getting it done. He looked slow, confused and not at all sharp through out the whole game. Now granted he is up against probably the best receiver in CF but he wasn’t even giving Decker any challenge. Decker was constantly open and able to separate from Hagan as Hagan continued to allow Decker to get away from him time and time again.
    2.If Cal is not able to fulfill the promise of this season, it will be because of one and only one aspect of the team—THE INCREDIBLY HORRIBLE KICKING AND KICK COVERAGE. That is a bad combination of problems to have. It is already bad enough that we don’t have a kicker that can kick beyond the 10 yd line but add horrible kick coverage you got opponents consistently getting the ball on their 35 to 40 yd, basically a couple of first downs from field goal territory. And it doesn’t look like there is a damn thing we can do about it at this point.

  • covinared

    My biggest complaint is about the classless taunting, trash talking and show boating of some of the dbs. It does not reflect well on Cal or the program. It may very well end up costing us a game. Hagan makes one good routine play and does an idiot dance in front of the Minnesota bench; then he gets burned twice. Save the celebration until we win, and then do it with class. That is something Tedford can solve easier than the kicking.

  • Jake


    Maybe Syd needs to take these younger guys aside and show them who’s the leader of the secondary. I love his play and his attitude. The other DB’s could learn a lot from him.

  • BluenGold

    I have also noticed that Syd has been signalling fair catches on his punt returns, but the other team’s guys are always right up in his face when he does so. I don’t think Syd is the problem, but rather the ability of the other team to get down the field (most times) as fast as the punt does.

  • covinared

    I think the fair catches are part of a plan to avoid turn overs when the Bears are leading. Many of the opportunities all season it was obvious he had room to run. The only time he did run at Minn was when the game was on the line.

  • abe

    Aside from maybe a couple of times Syd actually had very little opportunity to return the punt. Remember Maryland’s punter is up there with Anger as one of the finest punters and the Gopher’s punter was also spectacular and those are the only two meaningful games we played so far. So I think it is a little premature to be throwing Syd under the bus for his punt return game or lack thereof.