Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Why Is This Man Smiling?

You would be too if your team — in this case Pete Carroll's USC Trojans — had just defeated California in a driving rainstorm at Berkeley.
Golden Bear quarterback Nate Longshore, who completed 13 of 29 passes for 199 yards and had two passes intercepted, took the blame for the 24-17 loss. "I need to play better to give us a chance to win," he said. "I just couldn't get the passing game going. In the fourth quarter, I was struggling. You can't win doing that."
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Cal's fall from grace has been dramatic. The Golden Bears were sailing along at 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation, ready to climb into the top spot after Louisiana State lost at Kentucky. But Cal was stunned hours later at home by Oregon State, starting the fall. The Golden Bears have lost four of five and are 6-4.

Jeff Tedford greets offensive lineman Noris Malele before kickoff. Cal wore throwback uniforms to honor the memory of Joe Roth, who guided the Golden Bears to the 1975 Pacific 8 championship. Roth learned he had cancer in 1976 and passed away in February 1997. Roth's No. 12 is the only retired jersey in the history of Cal football.
Stafon Johnson made it a point to celebrate after scoring the winning touchdown on a three-yard run with 7:38 left.
John David Booty completed 11 of 20 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown without an interception. The Trojans are idle until a Thanksgiving night showdown against Arizona State at Tempe.

Sports By Brooks also sends along word that Cal players, before wearing the throwbacks, reportedly had to sign confidentiality agreements so word about the old-time look wouldn't leak out.


Anonymous said...

Excuse me: But how can Cal have lost 5 of their last 6 games if they have a record of 6-4?

It doesn't make sense!!!

Anonymous said...

Ha! We just failed math and have been eliminated from Bowl Championship Series consideration.

Thanks for pointing that out. The fix has been made!