Jeff Tedford said “He gives us the best chance to win,” when asked why he left QB Kevin Riley in for the entire game. He also said he wanted Riley and the first team offense to have some positive results to build on in the second half.
For the record, I thought Tedford probably should have played Beau Sweeney in the second half. Not necessarily all because of Riley’s performance — the dropped passes hurt but he still had the two picks– but because the game was clearly out of reach so it’s a perfect time to take a look at other people.
Tedford said the Trojans did a few things on defense they weren’t expecting, things that allowed them to get consistent pass pressure on Riley.
Riley said he never expected to come out and was “throwing the ball pretty well besides those two interceptions.”
A clarification: The 42-0 deficit actually tied the worst halftime deficit in school history.
Tedford said linebacker Keith Browner was fine after the game. He said Browner just had his leg landed on.
He also said running back Shane Vereen was fine after “getting his bell rung.”
Cal had a season-low 245 yards of offense.
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.