Football: Portland State game thread

HALFTIME: Cal 27, Portland St. 23. The Vikings have the stunning total of 434 yards in the first half, but Cal’s defense squeezed two turnovers from them to prevent further damage.

Goff is 17 for 22 for 231 yards with 1 TD, no ints and one sack. He has 681 yards in his first six quarters as a college quarterback. Bears have 309 total yards. Cal’s defense still looking for its first sack of the season.

No word from Cal on status of safety Michael Lowe, who went off the field and hasn’t return after recovering fumble in the second quarter. Likewise, no report on LB Khairi Fortt, who hasn’t played since early in the game.

END 1ST QTR: Portland State leads 14-10. Vikings have 269 yards on 18 snaps = 14.9 yards per play. Redshirt sophomore Demariay Drew has replaced Alex Logan at free safety.

WELCOME: Here at Memorial Stadium for Cal (0-1) vs. Portland State (1-0). Kickoff is 2:07 p.m.

I will try to post updates at halftime, then will return after filing my newspaper story to provide post-game notes, etc.

Cal’s game-day depth chart shows a couple curious changes: Stephen Anderson, a sophomore from Piedmont Hils HS in San Jose, is listed as the starter at the “Y” slot in place of Richard Rodgers.

And DE Chris McCain, supposed to be out with a head injury, is listed as the starter.

We’ll see if both things are true.


Jeff Faraudo

  • I think PSU is pretty decent on offense. #s 1 and 89, #10 and Qb more than decent. I’m guessing they will have a good season. That said, cal D was not good run or pass. PSU could have had #1 all day when covered one on one. But for his drop they would have had another td. No help for whichever guy cal put on him. You can’t leave that corner hanging out alone when you have such a size mismatch. My largest concern was whether goff injured shoulder in first half when he scrambled and the second d guy chasing him leaped over his teammates tackle and landed on goff’s shoulder. 2nd half passes lost zip, were inaccurate both over and under thrown and he just seemed off and more tentative. Could be the heat and 50+ passes, but could be something more.

  • Gobears49

    With the combination of our youth and unbelievable number of injuries to starters, you have to wonder how many players who get to play now are really qualified to compete at a high level. Given that, we are doing quite well. Hope to God we don’t get more injuries.

    With the experience the young players are now getting, if we get a really good recruiting class next year, we could shock a lot of people next year. I still say Dykes was a great hire (he shoots out the lights on offense), but Buh is very questionable (will hold off, for now, on a “boo hop” comment). Wish we had kept Pendergast, but I recognize Dykes needed to have total turnover of his coaches to start fresh. Still, did you notice how fast USC hired Pendergast?

  • Gobears49

    Need to put on my glasses when I type — I meant “boo hoo” (actually, just notice it was an autocorrect feature on Comcast, as they don’t recognize “hoo”

  • Gobears49

    Just noticed Comcast autocorrrect, which I didn’t override, changed “hoo” to “hop.”

  • covinared

    Looks like the only gimme left on the schedule is usc.

  • CalBear79

    #29. Talk about pathetic, how do you rate USC’s performance? And an inability to no longer deflate balls is not a valid excuse.

  • BlueNGold

    #44- Steve, I disagree with your “silver lining” analysis. The ‘silver lining’ is usually used to describe looking for the one or two bright spots in an otherwise overly negative event or series of events. That is not what I see, or read, about the Cal season so far. Obviously it is a work in progress. Obviously injuries and lack of depth have played a role. But, this is not a doom and gloom scenario. Had the JT regime stayed on, I believe it would be just that right now. Cal can and should get better as the season progresses. You could not say that in years past.

  • discdude

    Can I post in this thread post-game? 😉

    Take a deep breath folks, it’s early. Lots of defensive injuries. Admittedly, they don’t look great on defense, but the important thing is improvement. They did play better in the 2nd half, that’s good. Missing 5 starters is a huge deal and is there anyone who thought Cal had depth on defense this year? To expect an instant turnaround is crazy, especially missing starters. There isn’t a ton for Buh to work with, I think much of the lack of pressure is about not giving the 2nd, 3rd and even 4th stringers out there too much to think about.

    Anyway, I expected a 1-3 start and that’s probably where they are headed. After that, we’ll be looking for improvement, but if tOSU and Oregon score 50, 60, 70 points, it shouldn’t really be a surprise.