Football: Third quarter stats

First downs: Cal 16, ASU 10

Total yards: Cal 257, ASU 240

Rushing: Best 14-51, Marshall 9-48

Passing: Riley 18-31-0, 212 yards, 2 TD; Sullivan 12-23-2, 178 yards, 1 TD.

Receiving: Best 6-53, 1 TD; Ross 3-67, Williams 3-91.

Tackles: Mohamed 9, McFoy 6, Nixon 6.

Penalties: Cal 8-74, ASU 11-123.

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.

  • GC

    This has been a very disappointing game as far as I am concerned.

  • Eric

    Do I need to say it again? Third and 2, and we freakin’ pass AGAIN. IT DOES NOT WORK.

    And, every time we run the wildcat with Best, it is an automatic run between the tackles, and everyone is stacking it. STOP IT.

    What ever happened to running a power run again with a FB?????

    If we lose this game, which it looks like is going to happen, every Tedford defender needs to immediately stop drinking the kool-aid.

  • Pug

    I guess it’s OK to drink some more kool-aid?

  • selppataei

    not ok. we should’ve won by 10. i’m baffled at how hard it seems for us to convert from 2nd and short. we have one of the fastest backfields in the nation. you have two downs to get 3 yards. GO TO THE OUTSIDE.

    nevertheless, we got out of there.

  • Pug

    Tedford is now 6-1 against Arizona State.

    He has a winning record against every Pac 10 team except USC (1-7) and Oregon State (2-5), including 6-1 against Stanford, 6-1 against Washington and 6-1 against Arizona State. He’s 4-3 against Oregon, which ain’t bad. He needs to work on that record against the Beavers.

  • GoldenBear 77

    To quote somebody — a win is a win is a win. 6-2. Go Bears!

  • wehofx

    Wow! I think Norrie got it right. KR raised his game to the next level. Also felt like the O Line are establishing themselves.

    JO, can you gets us Wildcat stats? Times attempted? Yardage gained? Cardiac arrests caused when Vereen threw to Miller?


  • Pug

    Vereen’s future is definitely not as a passer from the wildcat.

  • Lady Bear

    I’m with Eric. Passing on 3rd and short? Why not give it to the fulback or run to the outside? Very disappointing play-calling. Thank God we escaped this one with a win, especially with all those fumbles from Riley. I’m very nervous about the rest of the schedule – thankfully most of the remaining games (except the Big Game) are home games so the fans can help them out! GO BEARS!

  • Lady Bear

    One more comment: Please, please, please Tedford, let’s find a place kicker and give the man a scholarship. As we saw today, the kicking game is too important for the coaches to neglect this position in recruiting. They need a place kicker who performs as well as Anger does as a punter.

  • Johnny

    Eh, we should’ve won by more if not for the dropsies on short screens and the killer penalties. Who else had 3 coronaries?

  • Pug

    Couldn’t agree more about the kicker. Why is our kicking game so bad? You only need to find one. It’s not like recruiting defensive linemen where you need eight or nine of them. Just one.

    Tedford’s teams over the years have always been able to ram a third and two right down the other team’s throat with a run. Maybe it’s Andy Lugwig.

  • Eric

    Better to be lucky than good. We easily should have won by 10 or more points and, once the poor coaching set in, we easily should have lost. The call to have Vereen throw at that point in the game was beyond frightening (not a bad call at a different point in a game, but there incredibly stupid).

    Make no mistake, this was a game we won DESPITE coaching. Riley was good all around (three drops, two of which easily would have been TDs) and was fantastic on the last drive. I hope that bodes well for him that he is getting a little of the 2007 Bowl game mojo.

    And the defense was solid. Run defense generally was good (though clearly tiring). The pass defense made important plays when it mattered, including the all-important tackle on ASU’s third and three that, had they made the first down, would have likely ended the game then and there.

    But it never should have been that close. For Riley to throw 44 times, and we score only 23 points and were never behind until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, is disturbing.

    I complained about this during the U$C game. The wildcat is NOT a smart call with Best. It might work with Vereen, but it does not work with Best. Best runs best when he has a fullback blocking. How many times out of the 18 times Best ran did we “run” out of formations that are not designed to favor the run? More than half? Compare that to what Stanfurd did last week.

    Pug – that’s pretty selective number crunching, but feel free to drink a lot more kool-aid. That’s like taking Braun’s basketball numbers but not discounting is last five years. You want to run those stats since Aaron Rodgers?

  • Pug

    It’s not selective. Those are the facts. Jeff’s won 61% of his Pac 10 games overall and that’s after he took over a team that won one game the previous season.

    I believe Aaron Rodgers played at Cal and was recruited by Jeff Tedford, so no I don’t need to run the numbers since Aaron left. That would be selective number crunching.

    But since you asked, Tedford has won 59% (24-17) of his Pac 10 games, 87% (13-2)of his non-conference games and 100% (4-0) of his bowl games since Rodgers left. Tedford’s record since Aaron Rodgers left is 40-19. That won’t get a coach fired at Berkeley. And it shouldn’t.

    I’m as disappointed as anyone about the USC and Oregon games this year, but I’m still enjoying the kool-aid.

  • Boaltblue


    Your team looks slow on the field tonight.

    Did you graduate from SC or are you just a wanna be?

  • Pug

    It isn’t only Cal that couldn’t stop Oregon. USC’s vaunted defense has given up as many points as the Bears did and it’s only the end of the 3rd quarter.

  • Boaltblue

    The SC defense is playing like the Tribute to Troy: repeatedly boring and slow.

  • Will

    wow. woooooow. that was humiliating

  • Lady Bear

    Yes, Oregon is that good. However, there was still no excuse for Cal’s offense in the Cal-Oregon game. Three points!?

  • Eric

    Hmm. Since Aaron Rodgers left (and I’ll leave out the entire lack of preparation and the foolish play-calling in the Holiday Bowl that year):

    Regular season records (if one wants to count our Bowl games since 2004, I suppose that is ok, but the Las Vegas Bowl, the Emerald Bowl, and the Armed Forces Bowl are not impressive given our talent, especially when all three were much closer than they should have been because…of coaching).

    2005: 7-4. Maybe we should excuse the coaching because Longshore was injured and Ayoob was not what everyone thought he would be. Or maybe one remembers the Oregon game and ask why Ayoob was throwing in overtime.

    2006: 9-3. It could have been a fantastic year (and did end on a pretty good note), but the poor coaching for the Arizona game (just watch the last drive and remember how many time outs we had left) and the U$C game cost us a magical season. Think about the talent on that team.

    2007: 6-6. Does this season need any explanation?

    2008: 8-4. An ok year, but it is remembered for exceptionally poor handling of the QB situation and how the team could not, again, win a game on the road it needed to win.

    But maybe Pug thinks Vereen’s throw in the endzone was a wonderful call. And that we really, really deserved to win because of our creative play-calling.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Well it looks as if San Francisco City College had a great QB and his name was Masoli. The ASU QB today reminded me of Longshore. He looked like a mummy out there.

  • Boaltblue


    Please meet the9drawfs. You two can console each other now that SC has proven itself to be a pretender. Where do you think SC will be bowling this year? Pack your bags as you will be leaving town.

  • Easy Ed

    Bears please keep this thing in perspective. We are winning! Sure, I would have loved to have beaten Oregon and U$C but that didn’t happen. Obviously there are a couple of deficiencies on our rosters that did not allow us to take the next step. Keep the faith, we have the right coach and very soon we’ll have the right facilities and we have a great University. Our time is coming so, in the interim? Stop whining!

  • Pug

    No, I don’t think Vereen’s throw was a wonderful call. I think it was dumb and a near catastrophe.

    I think they took the shot at the TD, though, because they were as afraid of sending Tevecchio back out there as I was.

  • MikeD


    MoreNCs = 9dwarfs = Amy

    Actually Amy looks to be a Bonnie in real life – http://fannation.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/users/view_user_profile/88305.

    So many personalities, in need of so much help.

    And back on topic – Vereens pass looked to be more of a shot-put than a pass. In baseball terms that would have been considered a “dead bird” as it floated down with far too many defenders surrounding it.

  • wehofx

    MikeD, thanks again for making this board safe to visit on a daily basis.

    I waded into the sewer that is the chron’s Cal Board. Over half the posts are by the troll or those obsessed by the troll. I’ll pass.

    Like KR, I am hopeful that last night was what Giorgio needed to takes his game to the next level.

  • rollonubears

    Bonnie is a funny name. I would disguise myself, too. I have an old aunt named Bonnie. She wears too much perfume. Then there is Bonnie Hubbard, and Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde. Those are the famous Bonnies. A name for a generic line of foods, and a criminal. Sounds about right.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    MikeD Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 10:04 am

    MoreNCs = 9dwarfs = Amy

    Actually Amy looks to be a Bonnie in real life – http://fannation.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/users/view_user_profile/88305. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sorry to disappoint you but I didn’t do that. Looks like the Folsom trio is up to their old tricks. Thanks for pointing it out to me. It is just like the many times the same thing has been done to me over the years and I just ignore it. It looks to have been done in 2007. Makes sense too because that was when your program went through the greatest collapse in college football history and you really didn’t have much to do except to imitate.