After watching a Cal Stanford Big Game that Cal should have won, but lost 31-28, the California Golden Bears came into the Land of the Tourist – aka Tempe, Arizona – for its final game of the 2011 NCAA Season against Arizona State.
After leading by as much as 10 points, Cal fooled around and lost the lead to the Sun Devils, then got it back, and with something Cal Blues have really never seen much of in a Cal Football team: speed.
This blogger doesn’t know the official statistics for the 40 yard dash, but this has got to be the fastest Cal team in Cal Football History. Big plays by Cal DB Steve Williams on defense, QB Zack Maynard, Wide Receivers Keenan Allen and Marlon Jones on offense, and of course running backs Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson, to name some of the fast, big play contributors, led the comeback. Most notable: C.J. Anderson’s 74 yard touchdown catch-and-run to put the game out of reach.
Now, Cal awaits a bowl contest. But if we’d beaten Stanford last week, that would have put the record at 8 and 4.
Still, not a bad season, but Cal Coach Jeff Tedford needs to, please, keep the same offensive coordinator next year. This constant switching of offensive systems is but one reason why Cal can’t seem to break into the top 10 of college football and stay there.