FINAL: Oregon State 62, Cal 14. Here’s what you’re waiting to hear: Athletic director Sandy Barbour had no announcement immediately after the game regarding the future of coach Jeff Tedford.
“Now that the season is over, Jeff and I will get to work tomorrow on what the solutions are for us to get better. We will start the conversation . . . to what the answers are, what the solutions are to put us on the right path to being a better football program.”
Pressed on when she might have a decision, Barbour merely repeated those words several more times. If she has made up her mind, she wasn’t saying so Saturday night.
Tedford, asked about the game in his postgame session, said, “Not very good. It’s not something we’re not used to. It’s obvious we have work to do. I will say this about these kids – these are good kids. Through tough times they’ve kept it together and I appreciate that.
“It’s absolutely not something we’re used to and don’t ever want to get used to.”
Asked if he expects to be back next year, Tedford said, “I don’t know. My job is to develop players. We have work to do. We’ll go back to work tomorrow and get ready to get going.”
Asked he if thought his players finally cashed it in Saturday when the score got out of hand, he added, “You didn’t see that in their eyes. We’ve got a lot of guys banged up. Oregon State was hitting on all cylinders. We had way too many penalties (15-172 yards) and turnovers (4). I really don’t believe it’s a lack of effort. I don’t think they ever quit. They just were outmatched tonight.”
THE NUMBERS: Cal finished 3-9 overall, 2-7 in the Pac-12. It was just the seventh time in the Bears’ 130-year football history they lost as many as nine games in a season.
It also marked the first time in 28 years they lost the final five games of the season. The combined margin in those five: 212 points to 74.
Cal had not surrendered 50 points in back-to-back games since 1973.
A pair of East Bay products delivered for OSU against the Bears. Quarterback Sean Mannion, formerly of Foothill HS in Pleasanton, finished 24 for 34 for 325 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore tailback Terron Ward, an Antioch native who prepped at De La Salle HS, ran for 128 yards and two TDs.
Cal junior quarterback Allan Bridgford, starting in place of injured senior Zach Maynard for the second straight game, was 18 for 31 for 132 yards with an interception. He scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard sneak.
“He needs some more experience,” Tedford said. “He kept plugging away in there, always was attentive to what was going on. He made some good throws and did what he could.”
HALFTIME: OSU 35, Cal 7. Mannion is 18 for 24 for 239 yards with TD passes to four different receivers. Total yards: OSU 333, Cal 202. Sofele has 15 carries for 63 yards. Bridgford is 11 for 21 for 94 yards with an INT. Cal has six personal fouls and three turnovers in the half. Some sort of record, don’t you think?
7:13 2nd Q: This is quickly getting out of hand. Mannion throws his third TD of the night, a 14-yarder to Connor Hamlett, and the Beavers lead 28-7. A six-play, 69-yard drive. Mannion is 13 for 17 for 203 yards.
10:56 2nd Q: At exactly the same moment Stanford kicks a game-winning FG to upset No. 1 Oregon, Mannion throws a 48-yard TD pass to Brandon Cooks and OSU leads 21-7. Big cheer for Cooks’ TD. Bigger cheer moments later when the crowd learns that the Ducks lost.
END OF 1ST Q: Cal had 132 total yards in the quarter, 88 rushing, 44 passing. OSU had 156, with 106 passing, 50 rushing. Cal had 44 yards in penalties.
4:34 1st Q: Tyler Anderson scores on a 1-yard plunge and OSU leads 14-7. Beavers go 68 yards in five plays, including a 38-yard run by Storm Woods. OSU leads 14-7.
6:30 1st Q: Isi Sofele scores his 15th career TD, running 9 yards to tie the score. Sofele had two runs totaling 30 yards to cap the nine-play, 82-yard drive — one of their best possessions of the season. It’s 7-7.
7:10 1st Q: Senior RB C.J. Anderson, after runs of 11 and 5 yards, shaken up. Looks to be OK.
9:10 1st Q: Mannion throws an 11-yard TD pass to Markus Wheaton, capping five-play, 44-yard drive. OSU leads 7-0.
10:35 1st Q: The Bears giveth back. Allen Bridgford picked off by safety Jordan Poyer, who returns it 4 yards to the Cal 44. Poyer’s sixth INT of the season.
11:21 1st Q: Pleasanton’s Sean Mannion completes a 48-yard pass to Markus Wheaton on OSU’s first play of the game. Two plays later, Josh Hill intercepts a pass that went through the hands of Beavers TE Colby Prince. Cal starts at its own 23.
COIN TOSS: Oregon State wins toss and defers, so Cal will get the ball first. Senior OG Dominic Galas, who missed much of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle during summer workouts, then had an emergency appendectomy in Salt Lake City on Oct. 27, was among four team captains at midfield. And Galas is starting.
WEATHER: Been dry at Reser Stadium for the past hour or more. With kickoff looming, it’s beginning to rain.
INJURY UPDATE: Besides QB Zach Maynard (knee), WR Keenan Allen (knee) and OT Matt Summers-Gavin (knee), the Bears have several other surprise absences. OLB Brennan Scarlett (infection in right hand), DT Viliami Moala (concussion) and S Avery Sebastian (knee) did not make the trip.
WELCOME: We’re here at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore., as the Bears (3-8, 2-6 Pac-12) play their season finale against OSU (7-2, 5-2). Cool and windy, but it hasn’t rained in more than an hour and reports are it may be dry the rest of the evening. We’ll have more as we approach kickoff.