Bears get declawed by Guiton and the Buckeyes, lose 52 – 34

by Kahlil Najar

BERKELEY – Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of the game and the Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) trampled over the Cal Bears (1-2) 52-34. Guiton went 21 for 36 and threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns including two to Devin Smith who went for a total 149 yards including a school-record 90 yard bomb for Ohio State’s first touchdown. Cal’s freshman phenom Jared Goff threw for 371 yards and connected on three touchdowns to three different receivers.

On his performance tonight, Goff sighed and said, “I felt like we had a good chance to make some plays early on. We kind of fell behind the eight ball there going down 21-0. That kind of hurt. But I was proud of the way we fought back. We never quit.”  That never quit attitude was echoed by Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer, “I never felt comfortable with the win until there was three minutes left. I’m happy we faced them early because they’re going to be really good down the road.”

On the ground the Bears were not able to muster one rusher over 100 yards while Ohio State’s Jordan Hall ran for 170 yards and nabbed three touchdowns of his own to help the Buckeyes extend their winning streak to fifteen games.

After a quick three and out from the Bears, Guiton and the Buckeyes only needed two plays and 32 seconds to give them a 7-0 lead on the 90 yard touchdown catch by Devin Smith. Thirty seconds later after another fast three and out, Ohio State took over at their own 27 yard line and Guiton found Devin Smith open again this time for a 47 yard strike to bring the score to 14-0. Cal tried to get back into the game and stop the bleeding but Jared Goff was hit hard by OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier and jarred the ball lose and Ohio State was able to recover the ball on the Cal 23. It took OSU six plays to score again on a one-yard pass to Chris Fields to make it 21-0 Ohio State after only six minutes.

Goff showed his composure on the Bears next possession as he escaped a ferocious pass rush from Ohio State and found a wide open James Grisom for a 61 yard touchdown to put the Bears on the board and make it 21-7. After both teams exchanged turnovers, Ohio State charged down the field and Drew Basil connected on a 39 yard field goal. The first quarter ended with a 42 yard pass from Goff to Chris Harper to give Cal their second touchdown of the quarter and make it a 24-14 Ohio State lead.

In the first quarter alone both teams combined for 38 points and 445 yards of offense. The second quarter saw both offenses slow down as Ohio State grabbed one touchdown and the Bears connected on two field goals to keep the game close at 31-20 at halftime.

Ohio State broke it open in the third when they scored three touchdowns, two of which belonged to Jordan Hall who was able to grab the scores deep in Cal territory but was also able to slow the game down by keeping the ball on the ground. Cal scored one more time in the fourth on a Daniel Lasco one-yard run to bring the final score to 52-34.

The game wasn’t without it’s dramatics as towards the end of the first half Sonny Dykes called for a fake punt on fourth and seven and Cal Quarterback Jared Goff snuck in for punter Cole Leininger and connected on a 11 yard pass to Stefan McClure.

Defensively, the Bears have allowed at least 500 yards of offense every game this year. Dyke’s addressed the issue and said, “We’re a very young football team…we just got to group up. We’ve got to improve. That falls on us as coaches to coach better and bring our players along and put them in a good position to be successful.”

The Bears don’t have much time to get regroup and get ready as they head up to Oregon to take on the Number Two Ducks in Eugene.