It didn’t produce a victory, but Cal’s players and coaches saw a change in the team’s attitude and resolve midway through the UCLA game they hope will spark a change in fortune the rest of the season.
“We came together in the middle of the game and definitely felt the unity,” freshman quarterback Jared Goff said. “I think the confidence level was a little shaken early in the year, but it’s back to where we want it to be.”
Cal lost 37-10 at UCLA, dropping to 1-5 on the season, 0-3 in the Pac-12. But after after falling behind 17-0, the Bears fought back to within 17-10 before the unbeaten Bruins gradually pulled away.
“There was definitely a different mentality on the sideline. He’s definitely right,” said slot receiver Richard Rodgers, echoing Goff’s remarks. “Toward the middle of the game we came together and started clicking a little bit.
“We haven’t seen that. Sometimes guys get their heads down. But UCLA was different. We came together and were really battling and fighting to stay in the game.”
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