13

Football: Postgame notes from Cal’s 23-6 win over Oregon State

****Here’s a few postgame tidbits from Cal’s 23-6 win over Oregon State:

–The six points allowed by the Bears’ defense was a season-best effort. Cal held the Beavers to just 27 yards on the ground, no big shock considering how much OSU’s running game has struggled this season.

–Cal has now rushed for 584 yards combined over the past two weeks against Washington State and Oregon State. Coach Jeff Tedford was asked if it was coincidence that the Bears’ focus on the run came on the heels of Zach Maynard’s four-interception game against UCLA. “That’s no reflection of a lack of trust in Zach,” Tedford said. “We have a lot of trust in Zach. He’s a good player. He just continues to learn each week. Part of managing the game is being able to run the ball.”

–I’ve seen fans on this blog make their case for backup tailback C.J. Anderson getting more involved in the offense. While Isi Sofele enjoyed a field day against OSU with 190 yards, Anderson also had his best game with 96 yards and 14 carries. It was the best example yet of the 1-2 punch that duo can be – with the shifty Sofele providing the quickness and Anderson providing the power. I thought it was also interesting that Anderson split out wide on one play and caught a 22-yard pass from Maynard. Tedford didn’t get asked about that in his postgame session, but I’d like to run it by him.

Tedford credited Sofele for his hard running. The junior sits at 1,029 yards on the season. And Tedford said he’s been increasingly impressed with Anderson’s attitude in practice: “I thought C.J. played excellent. C.J. has really hung in there and paid attention, and now he’s getting his opportunties and making the best of it.”

–Oregon State coach Mike Riley’s thoughts on the defeat: “I thought that this would and could have been a good football game. If we had taken advantage of our opportunities and scored and even kicked field goals, we would have been in position to score at the end and win it. But we had a real, real hard time stopping them. It wasn’t like they were putting up astronomical numbers on the scoreboard. Had we done anything, we could have been in this.”

Joe Stiglich