Football: Dykes reviews Northwestern victory

Here are a few highlights from Sunday evening’s media teleconference with Sonny Dykes:

 * Dykes’ overall impression of his team’s preparation and performance in its 31-24 win at Northwestern:

“I thought the guys had really prepared well. I thought we had a good camp. The focus over the 10 or 11 days we spent preparing for Northwestern was really good. It was what you want and it got better every day. I thought it showed, particularly early in the game. Guys were really locked in.

“Then we had a little success and quite frankly we might have lost a little of our focus at times. That’s unfortunately what young teams have a tendency to do. We had some opportunities in the second quarter to put the game away offensively and didn’t get it done when we had some good field-position opportunities.

“But the guys never panicked when they (Northwestern) got back in the game. I never got the sense that we lost control. Sometimes you feel that on the sidelines. I never felt that. They were excited after we won the ball game, but I think they realized there is a lot of improvement that needs to be made.”

* On being unable to put away Northwestern after mounting an early, big lead:

“We’ve got to learn how to have a killer instinct when we get a lead on somebody. We don’t have a lot of experience with that.

“For where we are right now, it was a good game. It showed us our potential, but also is we’re not performing at a high level, if we do lose our focus, that we’re not very good when we do that.”

* On playing his five starting offensive linemen the entire game:

“Quite frankly, it’s not ideal. Sometimes what happens early in the season is you’re not quite there with some other guys yet in terms of getting them out there and getting them experience. We’ve just got to force ourselves to do that. Because I think we have enough good players and guys that can help us win. It’s better for your morale. It’s just better when you can have more guys that can play.”

Dykes said center Chris Adcock and tackle Jordan Rigsbee both got a little tired, and vowed that the Bears’ backups would play more, beginning Saturday against Sacramento State.

“I think we’ll do that, hopefully the rest of the season. Hopefully those guys will play well enough where we’ve got confidence in them, and particularly in critical situations.”

* On the apparent lack of much north-south running game?

“There was some east-west stuff by design. That’s kind of an adjustment to the way Northwestern plays defense. Their front seven is their strength and we felt our best matchup was getting the ball on the perimeter.

“We ran it downhill some. We didn’t run it as cleanly as we would have liked to. The thing we did quite a bit was blocked up front pretty good, then the one guy who was unblocked – a safety or a linebacker – made the tackle.

“We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to get our backs to make people miss. It’s just a work in progress. I thought guys made better decisions when they were running the ball. They probably weren’t as dynamic as I’d like for them to be.”

* Dykes confirmed the Bears played 16 freshmen, nine of them true freshmen, in the game. The latter group includes Luke Rubenzer, Tre Watson, Vic Enwere, Noah Westerfield, Devante Downs, Matt Rockett, A.J. Greathouse, Hamilton Anoa’i and Kyle Wells.

Jeff Faraudo


  1. Why are you playing Sac State? Why not play Nevada?

  2. Angry -is of course the first to comment. Think about this. I have been an elected District Atty, Defense Counsel and a Professor of Criminology.
    . We have seen over the last few years a surge in angry people who find that the only way to get attention is to bust up a school/mall etc and shoot the occupants. These people spend years seething with anger and are often ignored.
    Here we have someone hiding behind an anonymous screen name who can’t wait to spew its hate over football games. I love Cal but went for academics . I want them to win at sports but if they lose – I’ll live. Most of us could have gained admission to “sports’ schools had we desired.

    There is nothing wrong with some good natured teasing now and then with rival schools-some of it is downright funny and we have all done so at times. There are also those who are critical in the hope someone will listen> I myself have been critical of Braun and Montgomery ( I was SteveNTexas under the old system and my name is correct). My hope was that both were past their prime and would be replaced.

    There is no fun or constructive criticism in angry’s posts. Angry lives to see new stories and even in a win spews hate.

    Jeff Farudo shouldn’t you take just a bit of responsibility and have this person checked out by authorities? This isn’t a now and then thing-this person has a history of compulsive hateful behavior. Personally I don’t believe in anonymous posting as people should stand behind what they say.

    Let me put it in the alternative Jeff. Say you do nothing and one day angry commits a destructive act on the campus it hates so much. It could be property or even worse. How would you feel? I’m not even suggesting you ban it because I believe in freedom of speech. I am suggesting these posts be passed on to law enforcement – perhaps as a preventative measure. In many of the shooting cases if someone had just taken the time to say something, loss of innocent life could have been prevented.

  3. Take a bow! You and Wisdom Cow should team together. He can provide all of the PI you need. I have preceded JF, JO and JH on this site. I have put up with trashing which in some cases is nothing short of uncivil. Make believe stories have been deeming toward my family and me. Yet, I keep it all in good fun unlike you Steve.

    As for my name, “AngrySocialWelfareAdvisor”, well you can either archive my posts or you can wait a few more days and then you will see why. Soon rather than later, the real one will show up.

  4. So how come you didn’t spend the holiday with your “family”? You spent the weekend spewing your hate. If your family is your parents, they did a miserable job raising you — their child is a psycho. And the bi posters say you have no wife or kids unless she and they are on your dad’d payroll. They also suggested I ask you about law school. If I archive your posts will the answer be there?

    Lastly — YOU complaining about a lack of civility? Oh god — pot and black, troll. Pot and black.

  5. Why are you even here? If you have as much contempt for Cal sports and Cal fans as you claim, one would expect you to stay as far away from a Cal sports blog as possible. Instead, you have seemingly devoted your life to it. What a pathetic losing clown you are, moron.

    Hey, you want to talk about college football? I have a prediction for you. The Sleazy Cheaters will be CRUSHED by Stanford on Saturday. You read it here first, clown.

  6. Keep it all in good fun? Are you serious or just delusional? You call names, you denigrate Cal and its alumni and fans, and you show absolutely no class whatsoever in doing so. All in good fun? Give me a friggin’ break, moron!

    PS- WTF does “have been deeming toward my family and me” mean? Can you even write a proper English sentence?

  7. Andre- moron never attended the U of Sleazy Cheaters and does not possess a so-called ‘degree’ from that “institution”. Moron is a wannabe fan.

  8. Andre- moron never attended the U of Sleazy Cheaters and does not possess a so-called ‘degree’ from that “institution”. Moron is a wannabe fan.

  9. Andre- moron never attended the U of Sleazy Cheaters and does not possess a so-called ‘degree’ from that “institution”. Moron is a wannabe fan.

  10. Why did the Sleazy Cheaters play Fresno State? Why not play Boise State?

  11. Fellow Cal fans. Moron has had just about every possible insult thrown at him for over 10 years and he keeps coming back. He gets off on provoking a negative reaction in others. We are actually doing him a favor by responding to his idiotic pestering. Perhaps we can all simply ignore him. He may not go away right away, but he won’t have as much fun.

  12. 1. About 5 years ago my family and I went on a vacation to Greece. I gave my the first leg of my flight plan including the airline, flight number and time of departure. I told everyone to show up. I would be wearing my USC hat. No one showed.
    2. At least 4 different games, I was in attendance at your venue and I said in what row I was sitting. I also said I would be wearing my SC hat. Come and find me. No one did.
    3. I announced that I would be at one of the Cal Grid Club meetings. I was there. No one showed. (Don’t blame them either. That was cheap and not the classy meetings SC puts on)
    Please forgive me if I don’t take you up on your offer. It will take a lot to convince me that your fanbase isn’t made up of cowards and blowhards.

  13. this new format makes it even easier to ignore the troll. why even engage? we’re off to a great start. i’m looking forward to sac state. they’re actually a decent team, so it should be a fun game to watch.

  14. Translation: I’m a chicken-shit and that’s why I won’t show up, as well as why I won’t discuss why I’m a 45 year old virgin and why I am banned at $C fan sites and how my prediction that Cal would lose last week was wrong. Boy, idiot troll, you sure are, as you said, taking this all in the spirit of fun! OWNED AGAIN, idiot troll. DEEMED! LOL!

    And troll, since you suggested we check your archives, how about you provide a link to these supposed challenges, but I suspect providing the links will be as challenging as you getting laid.

  15. I heard some rumblings that the RB by committee in the first game left bad tastes in everyone’s mouth. I do hope that against Sac State we stick Khalfani as the number 1 and sometimes use Enware/Lasco to get short yardage. If we don’t show willingness to stick with a lead back and instead share duties among four, backs won’t want to come to Cal.

  16. And you cannot understand why we did not all drop whatever else we were doing in order to come to where ever just to catch a fleeting glimpse of someone who may or may not have been you? Were we supposed to storm the TSA checkpoint at the airport in order to get to the gate you and your family were departing from? Or drive to Sacramento to attend a function of a club to which no one belongs? Wow, you are really full of yourself, aren’t you, clown? What a clueless fool.

  17. #2 of my post – come to one of your games instead of living on this board. At least I have been to your games as boring and poorly played as they were.
    You would have know what row I was sitting in and since I was the only one wearing an SC hat how hard could it be to identify me.
    Coward. What will be your next excuse?

  18. You have a challenge. You keep coming up with excuses to avoid the challenge. We know who the coward is, we know who the virgin is, we know who the psycho is, we know who the SC fans banned — all the same person. As for living your life on the board — want to tell us what you did on Sunday besides post all day? Bahahahah. Pot Kettle Black again. OWNED again! DEEMED again! LOL

    We asked for links to prove your “unanswered” challenges, and you can’t provide them. Just like you can’t get laid. LOL again!

    Oh — someone on BI wanted me to ask how your law career is doing and he said I should laugh long after asking the question. Wonder why he said that — do you know?

  19. B&G — he’s lying. He never made such challenges. He’d have to have a pair to do so, and since he’s a virgin, those balls have never been used.
    Ask him to prove the challenges and he’ll avoid the subject. Watch. The troll is easy to figure out and manipulate. With little effort I baited him over the weekend. DEEMED!

  20. The troll who spews such hate
    Is home alone and can’t relate
    She only posts here
    In the Talk of The Bear
    After being banned by sfgate

  21. Ah pdxoski….another nutcase coming out of the fan club. I have owned you so many times in the past. Even one of the frequent contributors to BI congratulated me.

  22. Mister Troll. I’m on BI. NO ONE there would ever compliment you. You gotta go to your daddy for that.

    And I thought you said you take all this in good fun — seems more like you take it in insecure anger.

  23. Did I ever say that the compliment was made on BI?
    You must have gone to UC East Bay and majored in Social Welfare.

  24. Did I say they anything about comments being made on the board. I said no one on BI (therefore no one is a poster there) would ever compliment you — on BI, to your face, or anything else. And that’s true. BI banned you right? Along with the SC boards? Oh that’s right — you refuse to address your lack of ability to post on Cal or SC boards.

    Considering your use of DEEMING and that you think there can be multiple Armageddons (which you refused to explain, I noticed) I would be talking about anyone else’s education. So as I see in all the postings, you will now ignore, but I own you on this one.

  25. Ever since the days of Trojan Al
    False hope and pride let Amy’s head swell
    Yet the dwarf with no spine
    Displays every sign
    Of poor self esteem and low morale

  26. I can edit my own posts too just like you did Gene.

  27. Yes you can. What you can’t do is post on BI or SC boards. Or accept the challenge to meet a poster. Or to explain what DEEMING is. Or to have friends. I didn’t edit anything, but your admission says you have. Owned Mr. Troll. Very owned.

  28. I have been one of the only posters on every venue who talks and writes about football. That doesn’t make me a troll unlike many who see it as their sole purpose to disrupt boards by trashing me.
    Who called your beat down against Tennessee perfectly?
    Who called your beat down to Texas Tech perfectly?
    Who called your laughable but UGLY 2013 season perfectly?
    Trolls aren’t known to do that.

  29. You also predicted Cal would lose last week.
    And did you predict $C’s famous fall from 1st rank in preseason to the bottom — the WORST fall of a #1 EVER! Did you predict that?

    And how old are those games you are talking about? Have you truly been a troll that long? Are you really in your 40s with no wife or children and just spewing hate cuz you can’t get laid?

  30. Wrong, moron. You are a troll. The fact that you opened your post above with “Here Losers” only proves it. I was planning to refrain from responding to you again, and simply ignore you. But when you post blatant LIES like “that doesn’t make me a troll”, I had to set your delusional, dead brain straight. Fact is, you lie so much you do not even know what truth is anymore.

  31. Which team are you hoping to win this weekend – Stanford or USC?

  32. I made my prediction that Stanford would crush the sleazy cheaters almost a week ago. Where is yours, loser troll?

  33. the one with players who don’t lie about saving children. DEEMED!!!!!!!!

  34. He made a prediction last but the virgin doesn’t have the balls to own up. 45 years old and he’s never been laid!!!! i deem you troll!

  35. OK since none of you want to talk about the SC-Stanford game, the best game in the Pac 12 this weekend, then predict the total attendance for your game against Sac State? Will you beat the attendance for your game against Presbyterian a few years ago? Do you have plans of playing Jehovah Witness Junior College in the near future?

  36. It is too bad so many of you get on here and say nothing about the Cal Bears or the game, but find it necessary to blast people. This doesn’t belong on a sports blog. They should all be deleted

  37. Don’t worry — more deletions and bannings are coming. The troll is miserable right now and it’s assumed he will sneak back on the blog. But it will be easy to spot: a new first-time poster with a name no one recognizes and with no archive — that is what the troll will look like. He’ll try to score a point against the people who helped beat him and humiliated him, but he’ll keep his post very low key. He will be so neutered that it serves our purpose anyway: if he;s neutered who cares what insignificant things he says. He won’t be able to inflict misery without revealing itself. But sooner or later he’ll reveal himself and an email will be sent and the new sn will be gone. This happened before on Scout and he was beaten so badly it was laughable. It may not be dead yet, but it’s de=clawed. Thanks for the first-time post, Duane. Welcome to the forum..

  38. You are probably correct, Sherman, but until then, can we all join in a rousing chorus of ‘ding dong the troll is dead (or at least gone)’?

  39. B&G — I’ve had a huge smile on my face since yesterday. I’m very willing to sing a chorus or two.

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