The Cal offense took the heat for this one.
After a 37-10 loss to No. 11 UCLA in front of 84,272 fans at the Rose Bowl, Cal quarterback Jared Goff called the performance of the defense “stellar.”
And if that was perhaps generous, certainly it was an improved effort by a unit that has been one of the nation’s worst.
The offense, meanwhile, scored 10 points in a second-quarter burst but otherwise was quiet.
“They gave us a chance to win and we didn’t capitalize on it,” Goff said of the defense’s work. “That’s probably mainly on me. If the offense doesn’t play well, it’s my fault.”
Sonny Dykes, the first Cal coach to start 1-5 in his debut season since Mike White in 1972, was disappointed the offense couldn’t get much done.
“We haven’t put a solid football game together all year where we played well on both sides of the ball,” Dykes said.
The Bears (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12) still haven’t beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since a 31-17 win at Washington State a year ago Sunday.
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