Football: UCLA game thread

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FINAL SCORE: Cal 43, UCLA 17. A 68-yard run by C.J. Anderson caps scoring. Bears improve to 2-4, 1-2 in Pac-12. No. 25 UCLA drops to 4-2, 1-2.  Cal beats a top-25 team for the first time since knocking off No. 14 Stanford in 2009. Maynard bounces back with 25-for-30 passing performance for 295 yards and four TDs. Anderson finishes with career-high 151 rushing yards. TE Richard Rodgers has seven catches for 129 yards — both career-bests. Kameron Jackson finishes with three INTs as Bears force Bruins into five six turnovers.

6:32 4th Q: Michael Lowe’s 42-yard interception return sets up Bears at the UCLA 27. C.J. Anderson carries three times to the 1, and Maynard cashes in with a QB sneak for the TD and a 36-17 lead.

10:36 4th Q: Bears and Bruins exchange three turnovers in a span of 120 seconds and UCLA has possession at the 50-yard line with 10:36 left. This was Cal’s game for the taking . . . still is unless they insist on handing it to UCLA. Fumbled exchanges between Maynard/Anderson and Maynard/Bigelow sandwiched around INT by Kameron Jackson.

14:31 4th Q: Fairbairn kicks 30-yard FG and Bruins creep within 29-17.  Ain’t over yet.

5:58 3rd Q: Maynard to Allen for 34 yards and Cal leads 29-14. PAT was blocked. Maynard has four TD passes for the second time in his career. Did it last year in overtime win at Colorado, getting No. 4 in OT.

10:16 3rd Q: That didn’t take long. UCLA goes 74 yards in seven plays, with Hundley passing 3 yards to Joseph Fauria for the TD.

11:30 3rd Q: Kameron Jackson, who was subbing for injured Marc Anthony, helped off the field. Now playing CB for Bears is third-stringer Adrian Lee, a sophomore from Dallas. For those scoring at home, he wears No. 15.

12:33 3rd Q: Maynard throws his third TD pass of the night, a 32-yarder to Brendan Bigelow, who was split wide to the left. He caught a quick pass, got a block from WR Bryce Treggs and exploded down the sideline for the TD. A 20-yard punt return by Keenan Allen set up the one-play scoring drive. D’Amato’s PAT makes it 23-7.

HALFTIME: Cal 16, UCLA 7. Kameron Jackson, playing because starting CB Marc Anthony was injured early, intercepts Hundley pass in the end zone with 23 seconds left in the half, preserving Cal’s lead. The Bears get a standing ovation from the crowd as they head into the north tunnel. Maynard is 15 for 20 for 135 yards with 2 TDs and1 INT. TE Richard Rodgers has 5 catches for 74 yards, Allen has 6 catches for 39 yards and a TD. Cal has 205-177 yardage lead.

2:52 2nd Q: Cal leads 16-7 after 8-yard TD pass from Maynard to Keenan Allen. D’Amato’s PAT was blocked. Cal went 34 yards in five plays after muffed punt return by Steven Manfro, recovered by Jordan Rigsbee of Cal.

5:24 2nd Q: Ka’imi Fairbairn misses wide left on 46-yard FG try for Bruins. Cal retains 10-7 lead.

8:33 2nd Q: Maynard throws 5-yard TD pass to RB C.J. Anderson, capping 8-play, 67-yard drive. Cal leads 10-7. 

11:54 2nd Q: Nick Forbes recovers fumbled lateral pass by Hundley and Cal takes over at its own 33.

END OF 1st Q: UCLA leads 7-3. Cal outgains the Bruins 90 yards to 62, but the one turnover is the difference-maker.

4:09 1st Q: Vincenzo D’Amato kicks 26-yard field goal, pulling Cal within 7-3. FG climaxes 66-yard, 16-play drive.

10:44 1st Q: Brett Hundley throws 4-yard TD pass to Cassius Marsh, a 6-3, 275-pound defensive end playing tight end. The point after gives UCLA a 7-0 lead. Not the start the Bears needed.

10:57 1st Q: Cal CB Marc Anthony helped off field after making tackle on Jerry Rice Jr. (yeah, his kid) on 4-yard pass for a first down at the 4. Kameron Jackson in at CB.

12:53 1st Q: Zach Maynard throws into double-coverage intended for Keenan Allen and is intercepted by Andrew Abbott at the 28.

BIGELOW STARTS: Sophomore Brendan Bigelow gains 7 yards on first down. It is Bigelow’s first career start.

COIN FLIP: Keenan Allen, Josh Hill, Brian Schwenke and Michael Lowe are the Bears’ game captains. Cal wins the toss and will receive the opening kickoff.

REDEDICATION: Renovated Memorial Stadium will be rededicated during halftime ceremonies, including the unveiling of a new inscription in the north tunnel that reads: “In memory of all Californians who have sacrified their lives in service to our nation.”

Memorial Stadium, originally built in 1923, was first dedicated to Californians killed during World War I.

WELCOME: It’s Homecoming and the Joe Roth Memorial Game at Memorial Stadium, with the Bears (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) hoping to snap a three-game losing streak with a win over No. 25 UCLA (4-1, 1-1). The new permanent lights are on for the first time and it looks like it will be a beautiful fall evening.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    They gonna wear the roth uniforms ? Hope so.

    We started this on another post. Who is everyones top 3 wishes for new head coach. AND who is it that you think Cal will hire.

    My votes:

    1 gruden

    2 wilcox lupoi kiesau

    3 mike macintyre from san jose state

    Who do i think they hire…ron gould. In a classy move tedford on the way out says give gould a shot.

  • Juancho

    Why the heck arent they wearing the throw back joe roth jerseys ?

  • daredevilfan

    I love Gruden, but I think we need a young college coach to bring enthusiasm. Did you see the Texas guys jumping around on the sideline tonight? Tedford would never allow that. So I say Wilcox, then Macintyre sounds promising

  • daredevilfan

    Bigelow starting!

  • calbearclaw

    Maynard failing!

  • calbearister

    Well that didn’t take long to get ugly. 1-11 anyone?

  • Juancho

    Maynard cost tedford his job. He signed him to get keenan and obviously cant remove him bc of keenan.

    Maynard is riley all over.

    Then again tesford has not recruited and successfully developed any QBs out of hig school at cal.

  • Juancho

    Wehofx, maynards beensacked twice. Anyone who took the over is looking good.

  • calbearister

    Love the goal-to-go play calling. Run, run, sack. Nice. By the way, two first quarter false starts on the Rigsbee brothers? What discipline Tedford has installed.

  • daredevilfan

    Tried to take my family out to dinner at a sport bar in Northern Escondido to watch game. Called 7 locations, none had Pac12. Gave up, listening on radio. What a joke

  • calbearclaw

    The best part of watching a Cal game is watching the opposing offense repeatedly convert 3rd and longs on short sideline routes just beyond the sticks as our defender makes the belated tackle.

  • calbearclaw

    Ucla is playing like Cal right now.

  • JimInChico77

    A game we should win. Go Bears!

  • wehofx

    WOW! 12 posts at half. Not good.

    Interesting half. zm is still missing high but playing pretty well.

    the whole team is playing okay interspersed with some real wtf moments: offsides at home??? roughing the passer was egregious x 2, zm misses, o line whiffs/sacks allowed. (Juancho, def looks like the over.)

    Bigelow getting 3/4 carries to start and then, nothing. it’s almost like jt is saying F U to all of us who wanted bigs to get more carries. I saw rg “talking” to him for a missed something. But I also saw isi and cj both miss blitz pick ups.

    But. Glad to our Bears are not giving up. Fighting hard. we’ve been finally getting some bounces to go our way. the worm will turn and I hope we play through whatever adversity will come in 2nd half.

    …and please, PLEASE, make adjustments to their adjustments!

  • wehofx

    make that 13.

    Go Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Giant playoff game. It’s hard to watch both and make comments. Giants have UCLA turnovers to thank, but man those back to back personal fouls were upsetting. Anyone notice the replay of the second one was played in slow motion, and Ted had a brain fart saying, “that was almost 5 seconds after he released it.”

    Had I not been under oath for a scream free evening, the block would have known Ted’s mistake.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    LOL, Cal has . . .

  • The Wisdom Cow

    If the time comes, just make the Judge watch that commercial 7 or 8 times. Then, he’ll dismiss the information in the interests of justice and your battery of that tool of a Bruin who’s parents watched a basketball game while she was in labor will go away.

    Therefore, beat the crap out of him on sight.

  • calbearister

    Can someone pack up Jeff Genyk’s desk before the game’s over? I can’t believe Tedford actually found a worse special teams coach than we had before. Great effort by the players though.

  • JimInChico77

    Where has this team been?

  • JimInChico77

    Of course they fumble right after the post.

  • daredevilfan

    Young guys, normally stuck on the bench while our coachs play the seniors/incumbants by default, are showing their stuff. Almost like the coaches stepped out of the way and just let the kids play. Such a shame it takes a melt down to get the coaches to extract their heads from their butts.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    It took injuries and desparate coaches. Bigelow’s start was clearly a reactionary decision by Tedford, two games too late.

  • Bigdruid

    That Wilcox/Lupoi combo is giving up something like 500 points to Oregon. Yeah, Sandy, get me some of that…

  • Bigdruid

    Wisdom: Yeah, how does a guy go from 0 carries last week to starting? I’d understand it if maybe Isi/CJ had a bad outing last week, but this just seems inscrutable. I literally cannot understand why the coaches make some of the decisions they do.

    But, hey, maybe we earn a win over a ranked team! Go Bears!

  • JimInChico77

    A great win!

  • 707 Bear

    Back from Memorial (wife on injured reserve and had to leave early).

    Milo: You were right (huge crowd), and I was dead wrong.

    I was also wrong about traffic on the 80 (none) and the outcome (Bears looked great).

    Go Bears!

  • Steve W

    We finally found a team that played dumber than us. Great effort, though, and fun to watch Cal’s defense get after it.

  • wehofx

    RE: Big. I put the over/under at 9 carries, if he got over, it’s not by much. CJ had a great game but bigs should have gotten more carries.

    Great see the young guys show up on D. Kudos to Kam Jackson, McCain, Scarlett, avery, the end who got last sack, the other lb, so many names I’m just becoming familiar with showed up BIG.

    Like the 4-2-5 a lot! with scarlett and McCain playing the ends. It’s a lot like the tcu D. Fast. Loved it when he blitzed the safeties and lb’s.

    ZM played pretty well except for the wtf 2 botched hand offs. Best of all, he finally started encouraging his teammates and saying, “My bad” on his F ups. Leadership. Better late than never.

    Finally, if M Arroyo has been calling the plays unmolested all year, then maybe he just needed a few games to grow into the job. OR, jt and jm finally got out of his ear.

    Finally, great to see the stands packed – or close to it. Saturday night. No doubt getting their smoke on. Getting their heem on.

    Happy for our Bears! Enjoy tonight.

  • daredevilfan

    Agree about the 4-2-5. Maybe that just is a combination that gets the best mix of our players out there. Also, see what emotion can do for a football team? I don’t understand why Tedford makes it seem like a golf tournament out there. Rev ’em up!

  • Eric

    I don’t even pretend to understand this game, but this is what I was hoping for at the start of the season.

    – involving the tight end.

    – passing short slants/button hooks and looking over the middle instead of throwing deep outs.

    – not abandoning the run.

    – letting young guys play.

    And look what happens. Great job Bears.

  • Nick

    Just got back. Great effort by the bears as a team. The whole game they were fired up. I’m debating in my head whether it was a real strong effort by my bears or weak effort by ucla. I believe it was a combo of both. Ucla never really looked motivated on the field while the bears were constantly looking at the crowd for some noise to get going. Still too many turnovers and needless penalties. And wow Bigelow gets some touches and shows he is a playmaker….again. Feelings are team rallied around the coaches for the win. What happens in Pullman, I haven’t a clue.

  • Lady Bear in LA

    Wow. Go Bears! Hopefully the coaches have finally figured stuff out, as it sounds like we can’t afford to fire Tedford. Finally, they started adapting the offense to the players, rather than the other way around.

    Where is everyone tonight? How come when we win there are hardly any posts, but when we lose there are 200?! I agree with all of the Tedford critics; nevertheless, we should enjoy this moment. (Who knows how many more like it we will have in the next 3 years of Tedford?)


  • Joshiemac

    Great night for the Bears. It was good to see them come out and play with passion and conviction. Let’s build some momentum going into the Big Game!

  • milo

    Great, great game lads…full house, gleaming Memorial Stadium at night and hell of good football.

    I don’t know what this does for Tedford but this game looked like the old days, controlled the game, scored a bunch of points.

  • Beastmode

    Tosh burned the bridge and should be persona non-grata at Cal — I cannot believe any Cal fan would ever want him back as a coach. Or even a player reunion.

    As a 20+ year season ticket holder, I would strongly consider non-renewal if he were to be hired. Hopefully everyone who feels the same way will send SB an email to let her know, when the time is right.

  • covinared

    went to the game. love the early comments here. Cal did not try to pocket pass. it worked. I think Bigelow may not play because he is not too swift. He looked confused lining up at times and the other players had to redirect him. even on his td. maybe it worked to our advantage on that one. anthony does not play and his replacement gets three picks! lasco is a kamakaze on kick offs. well worth the drive from LA. the new stadium is very impressive. saw the weight room from the concourse. wow! Rogers is a weapon. hundley had trouble once we started blitzing.

  • calbearclaw

    Interesting that none of the regulars have commented on the W. I think there are mixed feelings on this one.

  • Easy Ed

    No mixed feelings I smile when we win and sulk when we lose. We won, I love life. One thing with a season like this one, you really learn to appreciate the wins.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Can you describe for me what that trophy looks like for winning last night’s “Cupcake Bowl”?


    You watch as we break the Top 10 again this week. We are right back in the hunt for the NC.

  • calbearclaw

    I hear you Ed. The best part of last night’s game was the big crowd and the noise generation you could catch even on TV. That’s encouraging.

    I could have done without the two consecutive fumbles and some of the penalties but otherwise it was nice to see production from some new sources. Perhaps the pressure became strong enough on Tedford to dislodge some of his silly obstinacy.

  • calbearclaw

    Let’s go A’s, snatch one of these road games….

  • Juancho

    I fell asleep at half time. I was exhausted from the A’s game. At the beginning when ucla went up i wanted ucla to cream us if we were to lose. Once we went up i wanted the win.

    Was big time impressed by rodgers and the play calling. Like how tedford at half called out arroyo and gave him credit. Maynard did well and maybe bigelow starting helped revive the teams energy.

    I think we’ll win 3-4 now.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Before Saturday’s game here were the vital stats for UCB state:

    On a national level, UCB state can be found near the bottom of the 120 FBS schools in several statistical categories:

    – Last in the nation – the nation! – in sacks allowed with 25, for minus-174 yards.

    – Also last in allowing tackles for losses with 44, for a negative 221 yards.

    – Ranked 106th in penalties allowed with 42, resulting in nearly 75 backward yards per game.

    – Ranked 104th in time of possession at 27 minutes, 24 seconds, meaning opponents are on the field longer and run more plays, as in the 94 racked up by Arizona State last week, the most Tedford could recall a team ever running against him.

    Any improvements from last night’s game that may have made a statistical difference?

  • BlueNGold

    moron you are a parasite. Go away, you do not belong here.

  • Woj

    Cal played sloppy (2 fumbles on handoffs – lol!) and UCLA played sloppiest. How may INTS did that QB throw – 5? 6? I’m glad Cal won but in no way at all should this get Jeff Tedfraud off the hot seat. Now 14-19 in last 33 games with 3 of those wins over FCS cupcakes.

  • wehofx

    Just when I thought special teams was looking better 2 blocked punts.

    Anyone at the game or saved it on dvr, were the blocked pats because d’amato hasn’t been practicing with the wedge? Or did the line break down?

    On the 4-2-5. Great scheme for our players. I’m thinking w scarlett and McCain as the ends, it really is more of a 2-4-5. From 3 point stance, McCain often dropped back into coverage like an lb – not sure if scarlett did the same. Wish I dvr’d the game to check but after the previous infuriating losses I figured it’d be a waste of memory.

    Kam Jackson!!! S Williams, A Sebastian and Senior Josh Hill. Kudos!

    2-4-5 cp finally figured out a scheme to slow down spread/option O. Like zm’s leadership, better late than never.

    Go Bears!

  • Alaska Bear

    Enjoyed the game all the way in Alaska thanks to Pac 12 network. Clearly Cal players were driven and fired up. As always, the key is consistency. Can we sustain? Having MSG back was helpful, too…

    If we can play like last night, we will be competitive at the very least. A better defensive scheme, better protection for ZM…there is hope.

  • Larry

    Greta game last night. That was how the Nevada game was supposed to be. I can’t complain much. This was a good game. I hope we play like this the rest of the way and stay competitive, that’s all I ask for.

  • Larry

    Maynard finally looked decent/good. I’ll give him credit for this game. Hopefully Galas will be back soon and we can put #73 on the bench. He is not ready for prime time. D’Amato still sucks and needs to sit on the bench.

    Rodgers looked fantastic. Bigalow scored. Defense rocked. Jackson stepped up for Anthony big time. Things are looking up. Not ready to declare an 8-4 record at the end of the season, but good to improve rather than get worse.

    Go Bears!

    Next up: WSU…