Cal coach Jeff Tedford was all about looking forward to Utah during his weekly address to the media on Tuesday morning.
Talking about the Stanford loss was not what he had in mind.
But the Bears’ offensive woes in their 21-3 loss were an unavoidable topic. Here’s my Cal notebook.
RED FLAGS IN THE RED ZONE
Here’s a synopsis of Cal’s red-zone play in their five defeats this season:
— Nevada: Cal had two RZ opportunities, cashing in one for a touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Zach Maynard to Chris Harper. The other one featured a 3-yard loss on a run and a 7-yard loss on a sack and yielded a missed field goal. Total in RZ: 4 plays, 3 yards, 7 points.
— Ohio State: Cal’s most efficient RZ performance among its five defeats. The Bears converted two of three chances for TDs, one on a 19-yard pass from Maynarad to Harper, the other on a 1-yard run by Maynard. A personal foul and holding penalty on the third possession led to a missed field goal. Total in RZ: 8 plays, 49 yards, 25 yards in penalties, 14 points.
— USC: Cal had five RZ opportunities, managing just three field goals by Vincenzo D’Amato. The Bears were 2 for 7 passing (one of those INC passes by running back C.J. Anderson) for 2 yards with an interception, and had seven rushes for 6 yards, including a sack. Total in RZ: 14 plays, 8 yards, 9 points.
— Arizona State: The Bears cracked the ASU 20-yard line just twice, getting a field goal and a touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Maynard to Keenan Allen. Total in RZ: 2 plays, 11 yards, 10 points.
— Stanford: Cal reached the RZ twice in the Big Game, emerging with just a field goal. The other drive ended with an interception. Total in RZ: 7 plays, minus-3 yards, 3 points.