Football: Nevada post-mortem ramblings

Uncomfortable numbers and uneasy thoughts on Cal’s 31-24 opening loss to Nevada:

— The Bears ran the ball 27 times (not counting two sacks) and only six carries went for more than 5 yards. If coach Jeff Tedford believes this is one of his better stables of running backs, then the offensive line didn’t get it done.

— Awaiting word on the health status of OT Matt Summers-Gavin, who limped off the field in the 4th quarter. MSG is the Bears’ best O-lineman, and if he cannot return soon the Bears will feel it.

— Just a thought, but why would the Bears unveil a surprise no-huddle offense against a team that practices against it every day?  Probably wouldn’t have needed it vs. SoUtah, either, but might have been a good wrinkle to spring on Ohio State.

— Bears had more first downs via penalty (4) than rush (3). Not a formula to lean on.

— Nevada was 11 of 20 on third-down conversions; Cal just 3 for 14.

— The Wolf Pack was 4 for 5 in the red zone. Cal had just one red-zone opportunity and didn’t convert it.

— Zach Maynard will have better games, and taking his first snap with a minute-and-a-half left in the first quarter didn’t help him. But an unimpressive showing by backup Allan Bridgford, who was 1 for 8 passing for 8 yards.

— We’ve heard a lot during camp about tight end Richard Rodgers. He didn’t catch a ball vs. Nevada.

— The Cal defense forced Nevada QB Cody Fajardo into just seven incompletions on 32 attempts. The Bears cannot allow 78 percent and expect to win.

— Fajardo torched the Bears for 327 yards rushing and passing. Uh-oh . . . in two weeks, Cal faces Ohio State and QB Braxton Miller, who had 368 combined yards vs. Miami-Ohio.



Jeff Faraudo