Whether or not it was an early sign of panic, Cal coach Sonny Dykes took the blame for a failed fake punt play in the second quarter that led to a UCLA field goal.
Dykes called for punter Harry Adolphus to run on fourth-and-10 from the Bears’ 25-yard line, trailing 20-3 with six minutes left in the half. The English rugby player was stopped well short of the first down.
“Bad call on my part,” Dykes said. “We had three to block one and we didn’t get it done.”
Everything happened fast for Adolphus, a veteran on the Cal rugby team but a first-year American football player.
“I had a read to make. I made the read and there was one guy coming at me. I looked good, and then they just had two guys come over the top,” he said.
Asked if he was surprised to get the call to run the fake, Adolphus said, “I’m new to the game so I just do what I’m told. I’m in the right place at the right time, hopefully.”
Cal had no turnovers against the Bruins after committing six at Utah in a 30-24 loss 12 days earlier. Goff, intercepted five times by the Utes, was 32 for 53 for 295 yards and three touchdowns, bringing his career total to 73.
He also was sacked five times, four of them in the second half when the Bears were trying to rally through the air.
“The key was getting that quarterback on the ground,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said of Goff. “He is a great player. In the second half, we got him on the ground.”