There were no solemn hymns playing, no announcements of dramatic changes, no grim reaper lingering nearby. The Bears returned to practice this morning and simply said they have to move on from Saturday’s disaster in Los Angeles.
Jeff Tedford had a pretty long session with reporters today. As it usually is on a Monday, much of the discussion focused on Saturday’s game.
One of the first topics addressed was the lack of passing game against UCLA. After reviewing the tape, Tedford said his opinion of what happened didn’t change.
Cal cornerback Darian Hagan and punter Bryan Anger have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week for defense and special teams, respectively. Here’s the news release from the Pac-10 office.
Here is a sampling of what was said after Saturday’s win over UCLA:
COACH JEFF TEDFORD
On the defensive performance:
“The defense played like they normally play with a better understanding of the pistol, obviously. I’m very proud of their effort today. They did everything you could ask them.”
Cal doesn’t hold its weekly press conference during bye weeks, but coach Jeff Tedford actually requested an informal media session this morning. Because of the late nature of Saturday’s game, and the way it turned right at the end, some writers (including yours truly) weren’t able to get down to the locker room in time for Tedford’s post-game availability. Tedford knew there would be a lot of follow-up questions about the game this week, and he said he wanted to get them all out of the way immediately so he could move on.
Cal linebacker Mike Mohamed has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week for defense. Mohamed becomes the first conference player this season to win the defensive award twice.
Cal running back Shane Vereen, despite his 193 yards and three touchdowns, was not named the winner for offense. That honor went to Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for three other scores in the Ducks’ 44-41 double-overtime win over Arizona.
COACH JEFF TEDFORD
On the final few minutes:
It was very exciting. It was a great college football environment. The fans were into it. It was awesome. The place was rocking. I can’t tell you how proud I am of our kids.
A sampling of what was said after Saturday’s game:
COACH JEFF TEDFORD:
On the loss
We got outcoached today. We got outplayed in every phase of the game. Give credit to Oregon State. They played great and we didn’t.