Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal moves past Colorado loss; Looks forward to Washington Saturday

California wide receiver J. Michael Sturdivant, is carried by Colorado linebacker Robert Barnes, back left, and cornerback Kaylin Moore for a down after making a first half catch in Colorado on Sat Oct 15, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Cal podcast with Morris:

#1 Cal Bears (3-3) suffered what could be their worst loss of the season as the Colorado Buffaloes (1-5) quarterback JT Shrout threw an overtime pass to wide receiver Montana Leomonious-Craig that got Colorado past Cal 20-13.

#2 The Buffaloes Trevor Woods knocked a ball loose intended for Cal receiver Mason Starling on a first and goal. When it was fourth down the students a Colorado University stormed the field victorious.

#3 It was the Buffaloes first victory of the season and their defense held Cal to 103 yards on offense.

#4 Morris did Cal quarterback Jack Plummer have to run all day he was 29-52, 262 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

#5 The Washington Huskies (5-2) are headed for Cal this Saturday. The Huskies won their last game against the Arizona Wildcats 49-39. Huskies have been going good how do you see this match this Saturday.

Join Morris for the Cal Bears podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice

Emotional Stampede: Winless Colorado stuns Cal in OT, 20-13

By Morris Phillips

Re-energized and inspired by an injured teammate’s recovery, Colorado was a force to be reckoned with for the Cal Bears.

It didn’t matter that the Buffs were allowing an average of 38 points per game, they held Cal scoreless in an eye-opening, first half.

Then Colorado withstood a back-and-forth fourth quarter, and scored the only touchdown of overtime, a 22-yard pass from J.T. Shrout to Montana Lemonious-Craig to win 20-13.

“This is all about their response, their resolve,” interim coach Mike Sanford said. “The stuff that I said here 10 days ago, everyone thought I was crazy when I talked about what an unbelievable group of resilient fighters that we have in our locker room. I think everybody had a chance to see that on full display today.”

From 0-5 to winning a sixth game in front of a raucous, home crowd that stormed the field after Cal’s Jake Plummer’s last pass attempt in the end zone fell incomplete doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Throughout, the Bears couldn’t sustain anything offensively, and they looked nothing like the team that put up 49 points on Arizona three games ago.

“It’s very hard to win at this level scoring one touchdown,” coach Justin Wilcox said. “You’ve got to put the ball in the end zone, and credit to them. They did it more than we did.”

Plummer’s pass to Mason Starling on first down in overtime appeared to be caught to pull call within an extra point of getting Cal even, but fast-closing safety Trevor Woods ripped the ball loose.

“I saw the ball lobbed in there, and he didn’t really make an effort to go get it,” Woods said. “I punched it as hard as I could.”

Plummer finished 29 for 52 passing for 262 yards and one interception where he overthrew a deep ball down the middle. While Plummer was mildly effective, the Cal run game suffered a miserable afternoon with only 35 yards rushing and one, lengthy run of 22 yards from Jadyn Ott.

“You can’t run a run play or a pass play very effectively if you don’t start up front. Generally speaking you have to block the people up front in the run and pass game and we we didn’t do a good enough job of that today, and their front got after our front.”

The high point for Cal was a third quarter touchdown pass from Plummer to J. Michael Sturdivant that saw Sturdivant calmly get his feet down in bounds after a leaping catch along the sideline. That put Cal up, 7-3.

The Buffs responded early in the fourth with a one-yard run from Anthony Hankerson that capped a six-play drive, and put Colorado up, 10-7. Cal got a field goal from Dario Longhetto to tie at 10, then with time expiring, Longhetto hit from 34 yards to tie the game, 13-13, at the end of regulation.

Buffs running back Deion Smith was injured early in the fourth quarter, and after several anxious moments, Smith was removed by a stretcher while surrounded by the entire Colorado team. When the celebration moved from the field to the locker room after the game, the team was given that much more to celebrate. Smith was up and walking.

“Deion is up and walking and I think he was emotional because he didn’t have a chance to celebrate on the field with his teammates. But he was a huge part of that victory, both in his play and more importantly, just how much this team loves him and showed their support for him.”

If Colorado’s story wasn’t improbable enough, Shrout replaced starter Owen McCown, who was hit in the mid-section, and couldn’t continue. But Shrout came on and led Colorado to it’s only touchdown in regulation, and a 10-7 lead.

The Bears (3-3) return to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on October 22 to host Washington.

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Cal prepares to face winless Buffaloes in Colorado on Saturday

Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward (1) is caught by Cal Bears defensive end Ethan Saunders (99) at Pullman on Sat Oct 1, 2022. The Bears hope to get back in the win column this Sat Oct 15, 2022 when they face the Colorado Buffaloes (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Michael coming off the bye from last week how important is it for Cal Bears to have had that rest after getting defeated by Washington State Cougars and having lost two of their last three games?

#2 The WSU’s quarterback Cameron Ward seemed like he had all day on Sat Oct 1st at Pullman throwing for three touchdowns in the 28-9 victory over Cal.

#3 The Bears did have their flashes on the defensive side of the football when Ward intercepted twice.

#4 The Bears just simply were hurting on the offensive side of the ball scoring only nine points and quarterback Jack Plummer could not convert any touchdowns throwing 23-33 for 272 yards.

#5 The Bears should be well rested and are facing an winless Colorado Buffaloes (0-5) team who has made coaching changes and were just landslided in their last game Saturday by the Arizona Wildcats 43-20. Will Cal be able to make work of the Buffs this Saturday?

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Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Can Cal have a chance at a bowl game?

California safety Daniel Scott, right, intercepts a pass intended for Washington State wide receiver Lincoln Victor during the first half at Pullman on Sat Oct 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

Cal/Colorado questions:

While Cal and Colorado were off this past weekend, the other ten teams were in action with USC beating Washington State, and UCLA shocking Utah to stay undefeated at 6-0 atop the Pac-12 standings. Cal sits at (3-2, 1-1) with a bowl game as their goal. Given what’s going on elsewhere in the conference are Cal’s bowl aspirations realistic?

The big news locally last week was the shuttering of KGO Radio and the uncertainty of their new format, which goes into effect this morning. KGO is the flagship radio station of the Cal sports network with all of their football and basketball games broadcast on KGO. No announcement has been made regarding those broadcasts going forward. What happens next with the Cal Bears on the radio?

Colorado interim coach Mike Sanford, new defensive coordinator Gerald Chapman and new offensive coordinator Clay Patterson have a plan to jump start the Buffs. What should Cal expect from the new CU coaching staff?

Colorado is the fifth Power 5 program to change coaches during this season, along with–in order–Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Arizona State and Wisconsin. Can a winless team like CU (0-5, 0-2) have any success in their first game under new leadership? What have the other four teams done their first time out?

What’s Jack Plummer’s status for Saturday against Colorado. Plummer took several big hits a week ago at Washington State and didn’t finish the game. Will he be ready for CU?

Morris Phillips does Cal Bears football podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Cal looking for a road win; Colorado looking for first win

Cal Bears quarterback Jack Plummer looks for an open receiver during first half action at Pullman on Sat Oct 1, 2022 against the Washington State Cougars (AP News photo)

Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, the Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward had himself an afternoon against the Cal Bears throwing 27-40 for 343 yards for three touchdowns and two interceptions.

#2 Cougars wide receiver Renard Bell caught eight passes for 115 yards and touchdown the Bears had a tough time covering him.

#3 Cal looked for Jaydn Ott to carry them to scoring but the Cougar defense stopped the Bears in the red zone. They held Ott to only 69 yards on 16 carries.

#4 Bears quarterback Jack Plummer fell short he didn’t get any touchdown passes and when he handed off the Cougars came in to stop the run. On the day Plummer threw 23-33 for 273 yards.

#5 The Bears next opponent Colorado Buffaloes (0-5) have problems in their most recent game were crushed by the Arizona Wildcats 43-20. Buffaloes quarterback threw was Owen McCown 14-30 for 186 yards and one touchdown. The Bears who have lost two of their last three games are hoping to pick up their their fourth win of the season how do you see this match up between the Bears and Buffaloes this Saturday in Colorado.

Join Michael for the Cal Bears podcasts heard Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Bears prepare for Colorado; Cal in second road game in a row

Cal Bears head coach Justin Wilcox had worry on his mind all game long against the Washington State Cougars at Pullman on Sat Oct 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast:

#1 Morris, like you questioned in your column on Saturday can the Cal Bears (3-2) win a game on the road?

#2 Cal is in last with a 3-2 record how concerned is head coach Justin Wilcox?

#3 To quote Wilcox after the game “We got nothing going in the run game,” coach Justin Wilcox admitted. “Pass protection wasn’t where it needed to be. 

#4 Cal quarterback Jack Plummer went 23-33 for 273 yards against the Washington State Cougars (4-1) but did not throw one touchdown and one interception. Coach Wilcox mentioned lack of pass protection was that more the case or Plummer just couldn’t get settled in to find targets?

#5 The Bears have a bye this Sat 7th and return to action on Sat Oct 15th to continue their road trip and face the Colorado Buffaloes (0-5) in Colorado. The Buffaloes were trampled on by the Arizona Wildcats last Saturday 43-20. Is Colorado Cal’s best chance to pick up their first win of the season?

Join Morris Phillips for Cal Bears podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel Dullum: Cardinal close out regular season with Cal in Berkeley on Saturday night

Stanford forward James Keefe (22) puts the defensive pressure on Colorado forward Evan Battey (21) at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Sat Feb 19, 2022. The Cardinal travel to UC Berkeley to face the Cal Bears on Sat Feb 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel Dullum:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal (15-12) have lost five of their last seven games and lost their last game by a landslide last Saturday 70-53 at home against the Colorado Buffaloes (18-9).

#2 For the Buffaloes Evan Battey led with 15 points to help win their fifth consecutive game.

#3  Battey was followed by Nique Clifford with 14 points and seven rebounds. Keeshawn Bartelemy, Jabari Walker and K.J. Simpson each added 10 points for Colorado.

#4 Jaiden Delaire led the Cardinal scoring on Senior Night, netting 12 points on 5 of 7 field goals, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range.

#5 The Cardinal head to Haas Pavilion for their Big Game match up with the Cal Bears (11-17) the Bears who had lost ten straight games then won at Oregon and Oregon State then dropped games to the Buffaloes and the Utah Utes will to close the regular season with the Cardinal this Saturday night at Cal for a 5:30 tip.

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Colorado wins fifth straight, routing Cardinal 70-53

Stanford guard Michael O’Connell (5) and forward James Keefe, right,  try to put some defense on Colorado forward Evan Battey (21) at Maples Pavillion on Sat Feb 19, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, February 19, 2022

Stanford closed out the home portion of its 2021-22 men’s basketball schedule with a 70-53 Pac-12 loss at the hands of Colorado Saturday at Maples Pavilion.

Evan Battey paced the Buffaloes’ balanced attack in their fifth consecutive win with 15 points, followed by Nique Clifford with 14 points and seven rebounds. Keeshawn Bartelemy, Jabari Walker and K.J. Simpson each added 10 points for Colorado (18-9 overall, 10-7).

Jaiden Delaire led the Cardinal scoring on Senior Night, netting 12 points on 5 of 7 field goals, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range. Spencer Jones and Maxime Raynaud scored eight points each, and James Keefe grabbed nine rebounds.

Once again, Stanford (15-12 overall, 8-9 Pac-12) had trouble shooting at home, making 21 of 54 from the field (39 percent), including 5 of 20 behind the arc and 6 of 11 at the free throw line.

Colorado, meanwhile, made 52 percent on its field goals, going 24 for 46, making 6 of 13 3-pointers and making 16 of 23 free throws.

The Cardinal jumped to an early 12-3 lead in the first half, but CU responded with a run to surge ahead by three with 7:30 left in the half, Stanford led 31-29 at halftime, but the Buffs outscored the Cardinal 41-22 in the second half.

Along with Delaire, Lukas Kisunas, Sam Beskind, Daniel Begovich and Keenan Fitzmorris all played their final home game on Senior Night for the Cardinal.

Stanford’s next game is next Saturday in Berkeley against California, with a 5:30 tip-off.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel Dullum: Cardinal looking to rebound from loss to Utes play in Colorado Saturday

Utah guard Both Gach (2) snuffs Stanford forward Brandon Angel (23) at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Thu Feb 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Daniel:

#1 How disappointing is Stanford’s loss to lowly Utah on Thursday night?

#2 What went wrong for the Cardinal in the second half?

#3 The game with Utah was a game of runs, and the Utes had the last one when it counted.

#4 Will this loss keep Stanford out of the Big Dance?

#5 Can the Cardinal bounce back against Colorado?

Daniel does the Cardinal podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: After two game sweep on road trip Cal ready to take on Colorado Thursday in Berkeley

The Cal Bears Jordan Shepherd (31) led with a career high 33 points throws down against the Oregon Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on Sat Feb 12, 2022 (photo by Cal Bears Athletics Dept)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael:

#1 When you just sit back and look at that score the Cal Bears (11-15) 78 and the Oregon Ducks (16-8) 64 a game that was played at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on Saturday night it’s shocking but yes it’s real.

#2 The win on Saturday in Eugene was Cal’s second win in this two game Oregon trip taking two games at Oregon State and Oregon. Previous to the win on Thursday at Oregon State Cal had lost ten straight games. What changed?

#3 The Bears guard Jordan Shepherd on Saturday was the only Cal player to score in double figures with 33 points which quite remarkable if you consider Cal winning by 14 points so it looks like all Shepherd all the time.

#4 What also was remarkable was the first half Sunday where the Bears scored a 38-22 lead going into half time and you could see the shock on the faces on Ducks fans and Ducks bench.

#5 The Bears next take on the Colorado Buffaloes (15-9) on Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The Buffaloes have won their last two games and have won four of their last ten games. Colorado defeated the Utah Utes (9-16) 81-76 in their last game on Saturday night.

Join Michael for the Cal Bears podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com