So what did Cal coach Sonny Dykes think 24 hours later about several officials’ calls that impacted Saturday’s Big Game against Stanford?
“Same thing I thought yesterday,” he said Sunday night.
But Dykes declined to comment on whether he submitted a report to the Pac-12 office on three third-quarter touchdowns overturned by official video replay or the targeting penalty that got safety Michael Lowe ejected after the game’s first play from scrimmage.
The league has asked that coaches use discretion on that issue rather than sharing their complaints publicly.
Cal (5-6, 3-6 Pac-12) returned to practice Sunday afternoon, beginning preparation for Saturday’s regular-season finale at home against BYU.
A victory over the Cougars (7-4) and Cal will be bowl eligible.
A loss and the Bears’ season is over.
Dykes said the team responded well a day after their 38-17 loss.
“I was a little bit concerned, quite frankly, because our guys played hard Saturday, invested a lot, prepared hard. We expected to play better.
“But we just walked of the practice field and I was pleased by how we practiced. I didn’t see any letdown or change in their mentality. That was encouraging.
“Hopefully, we’ll continue that and prepare at a high level for BYU.”
Defensive end Harrison Wilfley said that after the Stanford game Dykes said the “B” word.
“It was the tirst time he talked about the bowl game, and he said it would be the last time he talked about it as well,” Wilfley said. “Amongst ourselves, we’re well aware of what we have to do to reach a bowl.”