Cal will be in desperation mode again when it plays at Utah on Saturday, and the Bears performed well with that mindset before.
Cal was sliding into oblivion with a 1-4 record when it produced its best game of the season in a 43-17 victory over UCLA on Oct. 6. That seemed to lift the Bears out of the doldrums and led to a two-game winning streak. Read More
Stanford football coach David Shaw called the Cardinal’s 21-3 Big Game win over archrival Cal on Saturday “a blueprint game.”
The No. 19 Cardinal blueprint calls for the team to stop the other team’s running game to force the pass, control the game offensively with its running game and score early to force the other team to play catch-up.
The Cardinal did all three things effectively, and, perhaps most importantly, it did it on the road. Read More
Coach Jeff Tedford was a dead man walking just two weeks ago. His Cal team had slipped to 1-4 after a lethargic 27-17 home loss to Arizona State and the Twitterverse was flooded with pleas for his removal.
But Tedford suddenly has a pulse after back-to-back wins over UCLA and Washington State and an upset against No. 22 Stanford (4-2) in the Big Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday would give him a full-fledged heartbeat. Read More
Killing time in a Las Vegas hotel room, a 21-year-old quarterback for Fresno State suddenly remembered his pal Kevin Moen was playing.
“I was just waiting for our game,” Jeff Tedford said, who on Nov. 20, 1982, was preparing for UNLV, “and I wanted to see what Kevin was doing.”
From his TV set, Tedford saw that Moen and Cal were down 20-19 to their then-Pac-10 Conference Bay Area rival Stanford, with a mere four seconds left to play. Read More
Momentum is measured in winning streaks, and Cal has a chance to win consecutive games for the first time this season when it plays Washington State in Pullman, Wash., on Saturday. Read More
Cal’s 27-17 loss to Arizona State on Saturday raises a lot of troubling questions for the Golden Bears looking ahead to the rest of the season. Read More
Cal’s home game against Arizona State on Saturday may be the defining game of the Golden Bears’ season.
In preseason, this game appeared to provide an easy victory for the Golden Bears, but now it seems like a significant challenge based on the Sun Devils’ unexpected success in their first four games.
This game will give the best indication yet of how good Cal is — or can be. Read More
Cal’s battered offensive line will face another test Saturday when it lines up against the revamped Arizona State defense at Memorial Stadium.
Through four games, the Sun Devils (3-1) are tied for first in the nation with Tulsa for most tackles for a loss (39). Read More
For the second straight week, Cal outplayed a ranked opponent in the third quarter on the road to get back into the game. But for the second straight week, the Golden Bears were unable to make it pay off in a victory, losing to USC 27-9 on Saturday.
The Golden Bears were able to move the ball, but managed just nine points on five trips into the red zone, and none of those red-zone possessions turned into a touchdown. Read More
The Cal and Southern Cal football teams both lost by seven points on Saturday, but the results were really very different. Read More