When a team crushes a team it is supposed to crush, and there aren’t any extraordinary individual efforts or new impact players that emerge, there typcially aren’t a whole lot of compelling storylines in the aftermath. Such was the situation tonight following yesterday’s 49-17 win over Washington State.
But despite the dearth of excitement, we march forward with some nuggets:
–Nose tackle Derrick Hill suffered a sprained shoulder against the Cougars. Jeff Tedford said Hill is day to day. The good news for the Bears is backup Kendrick Payne saw a handful of snaps yesterday after retuning from a foot injury. And Aaron Tipoti has played well in Payne’s place. That being said, Hill played at a pretty high level yesterday and would be missed if he has to sit out Saturday’s game at Arizona State.
–Tedford said kicking duties will once again be open for competition this week. Vince D’Amato has recovered from his sprained shoulder. Tedford was generally content with Giorgio Tavecchio’s performance Saturday, although he lamented a couple kickoffs that just made it past the 20. But Tavecchio had a handful of others that went to around the 5.
–Think Cal has had a big-play offense recently? Before Jahvid Best’s 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter yesterday, the Bears had scored 11 straight touchdowns from outside of the red zone.
–Cal has moved into the latest BCS rankings at No. 24.
–Cal received 24 votes in this week’s Associated Press top 25, putting the Bears at No. 28 nationally.
That’s all for tonight. I’ll be back tomorrow with some complete transcriptions from the press room Saturday as well as some final items to wrap up Washington State. Also, tomorrow we will find out the start time for the Nov. 7 home game against Oregon State.