Ducks hold off late Cal threat, wins 24-17

Ducks can fly the Oregon Ducks running back Travis Dye (26) takes a high dive into the end zone sailing over Cal Bears safety Daniel Scott (32) in the second quarter on Fri Oct 15, 2021 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene (AP News photo) 

By Daniel Dullum
Friday, October 15, 2021

A late rally by California Bears fell short on Friday night against Oregon, as the No. 9-ranked Ducks held on for a 24-17 Pac-12 football victory at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

Oregon improved to 5-1 overall.

Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 11-yard run with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Ducks’ defense then held Cal on downs inside their 5-yard line as time ran out.

Brown completed 20 of 28 passes for 244 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He also ran 13 times for 44 yards. Oregon’s Travis Dye gained 145 yards on 19 carries, and caught seven passes for 73 yards.

Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers threw for 248 yards, two touchdowns, completing 25 of 45 passes without a pick. Christopher Brooks was Cal’s top ground gainer with 69 yards on 14 carries. Kekoa Crawford caught six passes, Nikko Remigo caught four and Jeremiah Hunter had 78 receiving yards on three catches.

Cal (1-5) drove 67 yards on its final drive in regulation, moving to the Ducks 7-yard line with less than a minute to play following an Oregon pass interference penalty. After Garbers was sacked, followed by an incomplete pass, the Bears called time out
On 4th-and-8 from the Oregon 7, Garbers completed a 5-yard pass to Kekoa Crawford, putting Cal at the Ducks 3.

With Cal looking at 3rd-and-goal, Oregon called time out with 14 seconds left. After Garbers gained one yard, Cal called time out with 10 seconds to play.  Out of the time out, Garbers threw an incompletion on 4th-and-2.

Cal took a 17-10 lead at 14:29 of the fourth quarter on Garbers’ 4-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Reinwald. The Ducks responded nearly two minutes later when Brown connected with Jaylon Redd on a 20-yard scoring pass, tying the game at 17-17.

An 11-yard touchdown run by Travis Dye gave the Ducks their second lead of the night at 10-7 with 5:55 remaining in the first half. Dario Longhetto’s 45-yard field goal at 8:45 of the third quarter tied the contest at 10-10.

Oregon scored first early in the first quarter when Camden Lewis booted a 49-yard field goal. The Bears took their first lead at 5:57 of the first period on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Garbers to Jake Tonges, putting Cal up 7-3.

Next week, the Bears return home to host Colorado. Game time is 12:30 p.m.

Huskies outlast Bears in overtime 31-24 in Seattle

The Cal Bears running back Damien Moore (28) is caught up from below with a no look stop by the Washington Huskies Kyle Gordon during the first half action at University Washington in Seattle on Sat Sep 25, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Morris Phillips and Michael Duca

With the score all knotted up at 24-24 at the University of Washington in the overtime stanza the Washington Huskies (2-2) Cameron Williams and Jackson Sirmon got the Cal Bears (1-3) Damien Moore to fumble at the Huskies one yard line after a hard hit and the Huskies Ryan Bowman jumped on the loose ball for the recovery and what would save the Huskies from facing a second overtime as the Bears were just a yard away from tying up the game.

The officials called for a review to make sure that the fumble was legit and ruled that it was which was unfortunate for the Bears as time and possession would run out for Cal.

The Huskies Seth Mcgrew scored his second touchdown of the game at the beginning of the overtime to give the Huskies a seven point lead and eventual win 31-24. This was the first meeting between the two schools since 2019. Last season the game was cancelled during the Covid 19 crisis. If Cal had won it Saturday it would have been their third straight win in 100 meetings with Washington.

Cal quarterback Chase Garbers in the post game interview said that Moore would like to have that fumble back as Moore was pretty down after the game about coughing up the ball, “Obviously Damien wants that one back. We all do,” said Garbers “Stuff happens in football, you get unlucky sometimes, but we’re a really close group in the locker room so we’re all there for each other.”

Garbers himself had a relatively good game under center throwing for 319 yards 30-41 for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Garbers was picked off twice by the Huskies Kyler Gordon one of the picks happened early in the fourth quarter and the Huskies couldn’t score and Garbers later was able to run a seven yard touchdown with at 2:51 which tied up the game.

The Bears return to UC Berkeley for a Sat Oct 2 meeting at Memorial Stadium with the Washington State Cougars for a 2pm PDT kickoff. The Cougars (1-3) lost in their last game Saturday to the Utah Utes (2-2) 24-13. The Utes scored two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Cougars defense broke down at Utah.

Stanford’s big 2nd and 3rd quarters route USC 42-28 in the Southland

The Stanford Cardinal cornerback Kyu Blue Kelly makes an acrobatic lunge into the end zone after returning a 31 yard interception off USC Trojan quarterback Kedon Slovis in the second half of Sat Sep 11, 2021’s game at USC in Los Angeles (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford Cardinal (1-1) quarterback Tanner McKee threw for two touchdowns, went 16-23 for 234 yards in the Cardinal’s first win of the season over their Southern California opponents the USC Trojans (1-1) 42-28. The Cardinal scored 14 points in each of the second and third quarters that helped lead them to victory.

The Cardinal were coming off a opening day loss from last Sat Sep 6th to Kansas State 24-7 and wanted badly to make amends. They shocked the oddsmakers who had USC favored and who were ranked No.14. The Cardinal’s wide receiver Nathaniel Peat had 115 yards and caught a 87 yard touchdown pass from McKee and the Cardinal Kyu Blue Kelly picked off a USC quarterback Kedon Slovis pass for 31 yards for a touchdown that sparked and inspired the Cardinal in the victory.

Stanford head coach David Shaw had his team prepared this week after the Cardinal took that tough loss to Kansas State and the taste of that game was still in their mouths from opening week and the improved offense on Saturday night against the USC defense made things just a little bit satisfying for Shaw and McKee.

McKee had some good looks from the Kansas State opener after starting quarterback Jack West struggled to start that game. McKee did himself well against USC throwing for touchdowns to receivers Elijah Higgins and Brycen Tremayne in the fourth quarter that put Stanford ahead of USC by 29 points.

This was the Cardinal ninth win out of the last 14 games with the Trojans and the Cardinal defense kept the pressure on Slovis all night who went 27-42 for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception. USC running backs Keaontay Ingram and Darwin Barlow each carried for a touchdowns but the effort was far short with McKee and the Cardinal pouring it in on offensively all night.

The loss snapped the Trojans nine game winning streak which carried over from last season, the Trojans won their opener on Sep 6th handling a very talented San Jose State team 30-7. That Trojan win looked as if it was going to set the tone for Saturday night’s game against the Cardinal but the Cardinal defense held Slovis and the Trojans offense from any developing opportunities and the Cardinal came into this game after studying film from the Trojans last game.

It was so bad for the Trojans that they even had their kicker Parker Lewis ejected from the game on the opening kick off for targeting his tackle. Despite that back up kicker Alex Stadthaus wound up kicking two field goals and two extra points flawlessly.

Next week USC will head to Pullman and face the Washington State Cougars at 12:30 pm on Sat Sep 18th and Stanford will conclude this three game road trip at Vanderbilt (2-1). The Commodores are coming off a close 24-21 win against Colorado State Saturday. Kickoff between Stanford and Vanderbilt is 5:00 pm PDT Sat Sep 18th.

Big day for da Silva sparks Stanford victory over OSU 81-71

The Stanford Cardinals Oscar da Silva drives towards the basket against the Oregon State Beavers defense on Mon Jan 4, 2021 at Oregon State University ( photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Monday, January 4, 2021

Oscar da Silva had a huge all-around game for Stanford on Monday. His 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists sparked the Cardinal to an 81-71 Pac-12 men’s basketball win over Oregon State.

The game was rescheduled from last Thursday due to COVID-19 issues involving the Beavers’ program.

Da Silva shot 11 of 16 from the field while earning his eighth career double-double. Jaiden Delaire added 19 points and nine rebounds and was 7 of 9 at the free throw line, as the Cardinal (6-3 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) sank 73 percent of its 30 attempts.

Freshman reserve Michael O’Connell replaced the injured Bryce Wills early in the game and finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

A three-point play by da Silva capped a 12-2 run to open the second half and give Stanford a 10-point lead. OSU led by two points twice midway through the second half, but the Cardinal had a 10-point run – with da Silva and Delaire scoring all of the points – and took a 77-64 lead with 2:11 to play.

Jarod Lucas was Oregon State’s top scorer with 22 points while hitting five 3-pointers. Gianni Hunt added a career-high 17 points, including four 3s, and Ethan Thompson added 10 points for the Beavers (5-4, 2-1).

Stanford will not be returning to Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto but will be playing it’s next two home games at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Cruz Jan 7th vs. Washington and Jan 9th vs. Washington State University.

San Jose State no longer undefeated after losing to Ball State 34-13 in Arizona Bowl

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By Ana Kieu

The #22 San Jose State Spartans battled it out with the Ball State Cardinals in the Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium on New Year’s Eve. The Arizona Bowl was a battle between two conference champions who wanted to make program history, but it wasn’t in favor of the Spartans.

The short-handed Spartans fell behind early. The Cardinals started fast and handed the Spartans their first loss of the season, 34-13.

Derrick Deese took a nasty hit and landed on his head on the first play of the game. Deese went to the injury tent and later headed into the locker room.

BSU wasted no time getting going, scoring the game’s first 27 points.

SJSU quarterback Nick Starkel’s pass was intercepted and Antonio Phillips returned it for 53 yards for a touchdown. Jacob Lewis missed the extra point. The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead at 12:47 of the first quarter.

Will Jones ran for 3 yards for a touchdown. Jacob Lewis kicked an extra point. The Cardinals took a 13-0 lead at the 10-minute mark of the first.

Ty Evans ran for 3 yards for a touchdown. Jacob Lewis kicked an extra point. The Cardinals made it 20-0 with 5:15 left in the first.

Drew Plitt ran for 1 yard for a touchdown. Jacob Lewis kicked an extra point. BSU led 27-0 at the end of the first.

SJSU couldn’t catch a break in the second quarter.

Although Jacob Lewis missed a short-range field goal early in the second quarter, SJSU backup quarterback Nick Nash threw an interception into the end zone. SJSU quarterback Nick Starkel walked off the field holding the back of his knee after completing a 38-yard pass to Dominic Mazotti. Mazotti held his wrist, too.

SJSU kicker Matt Mercurio missed a 49-yard field goal attempt to close out the first half. The Spartans trailed 27-0 heading into the locker room for halftime.

BSU opened the scoring in the second half. Drew Plitt threw a pass to Yo’Heinz Tyler, who ran 48 yards for a touchdown. The Cardinals extended their lead to 34-0 with 9:42 left in the third quarter.

SJSU showed signs of life on offense, but their offensive efforts weren’t enough. Charlie Bostic III returned Jacob Lewis’ punt 99 yards for a touchdown. The Spartans’ 2-point conversion was ruled as no good. The Spartans trailed 34-6 with 9:28 left in the third.

Nick Starkel returned to the field. Starkel threw a pass to Jermaine Braddock, who ran for 8 yards for a touchdown. Matt Mercurio kicked in an extra point. The Spartans trailed 34-13 with 1 second left in the third, and were down 34-13 after three quarters.

BSU maintained their 34-13 lead in the fourth quarter. Despite their efforts, the Spartans lost to the Cardinals 34-13. Both teams finished their respective seasons with respectable 7-1 records.

SJSU quarterback Nick Starkel announced that he’ll return for a final college football season. SJSU will look to replace some offensive seniors in the offseason.

Stanford wins a double-overtime thriller to end the season on a high note 48-47

 Stanford Cardinal running back Austin Jones (20) carries for the first score of the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles on Sat Dec 20, 2020 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

What a way to finish the season. The Cardinal won a thrilling double-overtime game over the UCLA Bruins t the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The game had loads of offense and the Stanford defense came through to win the game as the Bruins were attempting a two-point conversion that would send the Cardinal down to defeat.

The Stanford Cardinal, playing their fourth game in a row on the road, beat the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl Saturday night 48-47. 

The Cardinal finished the season with a record of 4-2. The Bruins fell to 3-4. The Cardinal, eligible to play in a postseason bowl game, announced that they would not accept an invitation. UCLA also declined an invitation for a bowl game.

Stanford dominated the first half. Cardinal quarterback Davis Mills had everything working for him. The Cardinal scored three times to finish the first half with a 20-3 lead. The only blemish was Jet Toner’s missed extra point on the Cardinal’s second score.

The miss turned out to be a significant factor in the game. The Cardinal’s first score was a 72 -yard drive on 12 plays. The key play was a 34-yard pass from Mills to Brycen Tremayne to put the ball on the Bruin nine-yard line. The Cardinal took the ball down to the one-yard line. Austin Jones scored on a one-yard plunge into the end zone. UCLA had a touchdown called back due to a holding penalty. They had to settle for a field goal. Stanford led 7-3. 

The Cardinal scored their second touchdown on a six-play 75-yard drive. The key plays were Napoleon Peat’s 19-yard scamper and Mills’ 44-yard throw to Tremayne to take the Cardinal down to the Bruins’ two-yard line.

With the Cardinal in the Wildcat formation, Isiah Sanders took it to the house for the score. Toner missed the extra point. Stanford leads 13-3. UCLA’s quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was injured while leading the Bruins to Stanford’s 21-yard line. Chase Griffin replaced him.

The Bruin drive stalled at the eleven-yard line.UCLA’s field goal attempt failed. Stanford then went on an 80-yard drive. Mills completed five passes to get the Cardinal down to the Bruin one-yard line.

Jones ran it in for the score. Stanford dominated the first half and left the field, leading 20-3. Mills was 13-for-16, passing good for 201 yards. Jones had 11 carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Tremayne had four receptions for 88 yards. Fehoko had five catches for 76 yards. 

The Bruins found their mojo in the second half. The Cardinal defense held the Bruin offense in check the first thirty minutes of the game. The Cardinal offense shredded the Bruins defense. However, teams have to play sixty minutes of football.

With backup QB Chase Griffin and backup running back Brittain Brown, the Bruins scored 31 unanswered points to lead 34-20 with 5:39 left. Cardinal QB Davis Mills threw three interceptions that set up the Bruin touchdowns. The Bruins scored a touchdown the first time they had their hands on the ball in the second half. They went 57 yards on seven plays for the score. There was a feeling that momentum had shifted to the Bruins. 

Their next score came when Mills’ pass was picked off. Mills had thrown 222 passes without an interception. The Bruins drive stalled on the Cardinal 32-yard line. On fourth and four, Griffin connected with tight end Greg Dulcich for the score.

The Bruins picked off another Mills’ pass at the Bruin 16-yard line. Brown then ripped off a 41-yard run. Griffin connected with Chase Cota in the end zone for the score. UCLA led for the first time 24-20. UCLA continued to rip through the Cardinal defense. They were driving for another score when the Cardinal defense stiffined. The Bruins kicked a field goal to lead 27-20. 

The Bruin defense put seven more points on the board when cornerback Jay Shaw intercepted Mills errant throw. He took it to the house to make it 34-20. The Bruins had scored 31 unanswered points in the second half. Time was running out for Stanford. 

The Cardinal rose to the occasion. They went on a 75-yard drive to creep within seven 34-27 with 2:39 to play. The Cardinal tried an onside kick. UCLA was able to field it cleanly and ran it back to the Cardinal 27-yard line. Stanford’s defense forced a fumble, and they were back in business with just a minute and 43 seconds left to play. 

Could they do it? Did they have enough left in the tank to engineer a drive that would tie the game? They answered both questions. They converted on a fourth and one to stay alive. Davis Mills connected with Fehoko on a 29-yard pass to tie the game and send it to overtime.

It took two overtime periods to end the game. UCLA scored first. Stanford responded to tied it at 41-41. In the second overtime period, Stanford went first. They put seven more points on the board. The combination of Mills to Fehoko worked again.

UCLA had to score to tie the game. They did. The Cardinal defense forced them into a fourth and 18 for a first down. The Bruins needed 21 yards for the score. Griffin found Kyle Phillips in the end zone for the TD. Bruins’ head coach Chip Kelly decided to go for two points.

If they converted, the Bruins would win. If they failed, the day belonged to Stanford. The Bruins ran the play. Stanford held. Penalty flags flew all over the field. Each team was charged with a penalty. They had to rerun the play. The Cardinal defense stopped the run on the one-yard line to seal the win for Stanford. Final score Stanford 48-UCLA 47.

Game notes and stats: Davis Mills had quite a day. He was 32 for 47, good for 428 yards. Austin Jones had 23 carries for 92 yards. Simi Fehoko had a career-high sixteen receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Stanford record 560 total yards on offense. The Bruins had 483. The Bruins’ Brittain Brown rushed for 219 yards.

Both teams left everything on the field Saturday night. Had Kelly decided not to kick the extra point, the teams probably would still be on the field. It was a terrific college football game and a great way to end the season.

San Jose State beats Boise State 34-20 for first Mountain West football title

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By Ana Kieu

This year, San Jose State has been in the news for the right reasons.

Saturday marked the Spartans’ first Mountain West championship game, which was aired on FOX, and their opponent was the Boise State Broncos, a conference foe who has won three out of four championships–2014, 2017 and 2019–since joining the Mountain West in 2010. The Spartans held on to win 34-20 to remain undefeated at 7-0 and become the 2020 Mountain West football champions. 

The Spartans put their game faces on and took deep breaths prior to the kickoff at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. SJSU received the opening kick, but Boise State forced a 3 and out, took over a punt and an offensive play led to a Broncos first down. However, the Broncos’ drive stalled at the Spartans’ 29-yard line, and SJSU took over. Nick Starkel threw a 55-yard pass to Tre Walker, who ran it in a touchdown. The extra point was good. SJSU took a 7-0 lead with 8:36 left in the first quarter.

Boise State finally got on the board late in the quarter. Jonah Dalmas’ 51-yard field goal attempt cut the Spartans’ lead to 7-3 with 3:31 left in the first.

With back-to-back sacks, Cade Hall became the first Spartan since 2012 to have 10+ sacks in a season. Hall achieved this feat in less than seven games. The Spartans led 7-3 at the end of the first.

The Spartans struck again early in the second quarter. Matt Mercurio kicked a 25-yard field goal to make it 10-3 Spartans just 14 seconds into the quarter.

Matt Mercurio added his second field goal of the quarter–a 36-yarder. The Spartans made it 13-3 with 6:40 left in the second.

Matt Mercurio added his third field goal of the quarter–a 26-yarder. As a result, Mercurio recorded a season-high three field goals, and achieved this feat in less than two quarters. The Spartans’ lead was extended to 16-3 with 2:31 left in the second.

Matt Mercurio went on to tie the NCAA record for field goals with four. Mercurio kicked a 32-yard field goal for a 19-3 lead with 50 seconds left in the second.

Jonah Dalmas wrapped up the first half with a 51-yard field goal. The Broncos cut the Spartans’ lead to 19-6 with one second left. SJSU took a 19-6 lead into halftime.

The Broncos received the ball to start the second half. Avery Williams, the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year, returned a 69-yard punt for a touchdown, and tied the NCAA record for career return touchdowns. The extra point was good, and Boise State cut SJSU’s lead to 19-13 with 2:48 left in the third quarter.

Just like that, SJSU was back in the game. Nick Starkel threw a 30-yard pass to Isaiah Hamilton for a touchdown. Starkel then threw to Sam Olson for a two-point conversion. The Spartans took a 27-13 lead at the 14:17 mark of the fourth quarter.

Boise State made it a one touchdown game midway through the fourth. Hank Bachmeier ran for two years for a touchdown, and the extra point was good. The Spartans led 27-20 at the 10:51 mark of the fourth.

SJSU had no fear as Derrick Deese collected Nick Starkel’s pass and ran for a 1-yard touchdown. The extra point was good. The Spartans led 34-20 with 3:48 left in the fourth. 

The Broncos finished the season with a 5-2 record.

Notes: SJSU defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack 30-20 in Sam Boyd Stadium last Friday and broke into the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2012 on Sunday.

In his Monday press conference, Spartans head coach Brent Brennan said: “It was a mad scramble, but through everybody’s hard work, we got it done. Our offense got it done, our defense gave us a heart attack, but our defense came through and we had a great time, a really great time for us to come together.”

In his Tuesday press conference, Spartans defensive lineman Cade Hall, the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, emphasized the importance of not only his accomplishments, but also his teammates’ hard work.

Hall said: “I’m playing for my teammates, especially for the guys who have been here for all the hard years of this program. I’m playing for them. They deserve it. They put in a lot of hours than I have. They’ve been here longer than I have. They deserve to be a part of a team that has a lot of success and takes this program where it wants to go.”

Up Next: The Spartans will play the Ball State Cardinals in the Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium in Tucson on New Year’s Eve.

Toner’s late field goal lifts Cardinal past OSU 27-24

Stanford tight end Tucker Fisk (88) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Jet Toner booted a 39-yard field goal with 1:47 left in the fourth quarter, giving Stanford 27-24 Pac-12 football win over Oregon State in its regular season finale at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.

Beavers quarterback Chance Nolan was leading OSU upfield when the Cardinal’s Gabe Reid punched the ball as Nolan was falling and Stanford recovered at its own 25-yard line with 23 seconds remaining.

Oregon State kicker Everett Hayes kicked a 26-yard field goal at 7:37 of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 24-24.

The see-saw battle had three lead changes. One of them occurred at 13:34 of the fourth quarter when Davis Mills’ 6-yard touchdown run gave Stanford a 24-21 lead. In the third quarter, the Beavers took a 21-16 lead when Nolan connected with Tyjon Lindsey for a 30-yard TD.

Two minutes into the second half, the Cardinal (3-2) took its first lead of the game on a 1-yard plunge by Davis Mills.

Oregon State (2-4) opened the scoring at 10:30 of the first quarter on Nolan’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Lindsey. Four minutes later, the Cardinal responded with a 12-yard scoring pass from Mills to Tucker Fisk, but a 2-point conversion pass was incomplete, and the Beavers led 7-6.

The Beavers increased their lead to 14-6 on Nolan’s 8-yard TD pass to Zeriah Beeson at 12:42 of the second quarter. Toner’s 47-yard field goal with 1:27 left in the half pulled Stanford to within 14-9.

Austin Jones gained 126 rushing yards on 22 carries for Stanford, while Mills completed 21 of 29 passes for 292 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions, but was sacked three times. Simi Fehoko led Cardinal receivers with six receptions for 110 yards.

Nolan completed 17 of 30 passes for 221 yards and three touchdown and no interceptions. Jermar Jefferson was the Beavers’ leading rusher with 80 yards on 18 carries. Tre’Shaun Harrison caught five passes for 91 yards.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal women’s game canceled due to Covid-19 protocols; Cardinal football face Oregon State in last game of season

Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer talks with her players during a time-out against Cal Poly in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stanford, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal women’s (3-0)  game for Friday night vs. UC Davis (1-0) has been canceled due to coronavirus protocols. Santa Clara County does not allow sports of any kind to be played there until early January.

#2 Stanford women’s head coach Tara VanDerveer’s who is one game away from tying the late former Tennessee Vol’s head coach Pat Summitt’s record for wins could have come Friday. As a result Stanford will play at Cal on Sunday and VanDerveer with a win over Cal could tie Summitt’s record.

#3 The Stanford Cardinal (2-2) in football win over the Washington Huskies (3-1) last Sat Dec 5th was huge it evened the Cardinal win loss record at 2-2  and it was the Cardinal’s second straight win 31-26.

#4 Stanford quarterback Davis Mills threw for 252 yards and one touchdown, running back Austin Jones carried twice for two touchdowns and running back Nathaniel Peat ran for one touchdown in the Stanford victory.

#5 Jerry, the Cardinal close out the season against Oregon State (2-3), the last time these two teams met it was last season as it will be the two clubs first meeting of 2020. The Beavers in their last game lost to the Utah Utes (1-2) in a close game 30-24 and the Beavers upset the Oregon Ducks (3-2) on Nov 27th 41-38 could you see this one being as close as the Big Game was when they edged out Cal by just one point?

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Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal shocks the NCAA world with huge upset over Oregon

In the first half of the game the Cal Bears receiver Makai Polk (17) gets caught from behind from the Oregon Ducks cornerback Mykael Wright (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 This had to be the shock of the NCAA on Saturday as Cal (1-3) a team considered a doormat in the Pac 12 a team no one would consider won their first game against the Pac 12’s best the Oregon Ducks (3-2).

#2 Cal head coach Justin Wilcox certainly relied on his defense after getting that lead in the first half and held onto it. They had Ducks quarterback Tyler Shough scrambling throughout the second half and he simply couldn’t convert  as the Bears shut the Ducks out in the second half.

#3 Morris Shough threw for 231 yards and a touchdown in that second half you can bet the Ducks coaching staff were trying to rearrange their playbook but would you say in the loss to the Oregon State Beavers (2-2) that film revealed a lot of holes that Cal could have learned from?

#4 For Cal quarterback Chase Garbers an evening he won’t forget a touchdown for Cal in each of the first three quarters good enough for the 21-17 win and Cal’s first win of the season. Garbers threw for 183 yards and a touchdown. He got touchdown help from running back Bradrick Shaw, receiver Nicco Remigio and Garbers carried one in himself.

#5 Cal now heads to Pullman to face the Washington State Cougars (1-1) for the final game of the regular season. If the Bears who just lost to the Stanford Cardinal (2-2) on Sat Nov 28th in the Big Game by a blocked field goal had won that game no telling what that would have done for their post season chances after a big win like this against Oregon.

#6 Morris the Cal men’s basketball game wasn’t even close on Sunday night at UCLA the Golden Bears were blown out at Pauley Pavilion 76-56. Cal head coach Mark Fox said that the Bruins were ahead every step of the way.

#7 Makale Foreman was one of two players who did not travel to the Southland on Saturday. Foreman and the unnamed player did eventually make to Pauley Pavilion but didn’t make practice on Saturday and the pre-game walk through. How much did that impact the results of their game against the Bruins.

#8 Fox said that the Bruins shot for 70% and the Cal defense wasn’t where they wanted them to be and the offense didn’t play with authority.

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