A few tidbits, afterthoughts, quotes and ramblings off Cal’s 50-31 win over Southern Utah:
– Jeff Tedford said that LB Chris McCain (shoulder) and TE Richard Rodgers (ankle), both injured during the game, will under MRI exams. Their status going forward, obviously, is uncertain.
– Zach Maynard summed up the Bears’ first-half turnover and penalty issues by referring to ”head-case situations where we backed ourselves up.” Wideout Keenan Allen gave the team just a C-plus grade for the performance.
– Cal had beaten five previous FCS opponents by an average of more than 43 points — and led just 20-17 entering the fourth quarter.
– No one from Tedford through the half-dozen players who came to the interview room would be pinned down on how much the Bears must improve by next Saturday to contend with Ohio State. A lot of talk about “executing.” Suffice that if there isn’t substantial improvement, the Buckeyes will deliver the execution.
– This is ancient history, with little relevance to this season, but it’s interesting trivia that the Bears are 1-5 all-time vs. Ohio State, without a win since 1920.
– I thought Maynard actually played quite well for the most part, completing 17 of 23 passes. But . . . he was intercepted on the screen pass intended for Brendan Bigelow and badly overthrew Eric Stevens on the 3rd-and-goal play from the 1.
– The running game deliverd 289 yards, including 104 by Isi Sofele, who was hardly part of things a week ago. And they did it without top O-lineman Matt Summers-Gavin, out with a knee injury. Of course, they did it against Southern Utah, not Ohio State or USC.
– Same thing with all the big plays in the fourth quarter — Marc Anthony’s 61-yard INT return, Keenan Allen’s 69-yard punt return, Daniel Lasco’s 77-yard TD run. How many of those happen against Pac-12 level competition?
– That crowd count (57,745) — tickets sold, not warm bodies in the house.
– The freshmen WRs — Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs — have combined for 20 catches for 251 yards through two games. Not a bad start.
– Freshman OT Freddie Tagaloa played in the fourth quarter, meaning he will not redshirt.