Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: With Washington State coming, will Bears be ready after the Utes experience? Cal Bears Bednarik Semifinalist Award candidate Evan Weaver (89) goes in for the tackle as Weaver and the Bears prepare for the Washington State Cougars Saturday, November 9th.

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 The Bears (4-4) were dismantled in their last game on both sides of the ball in Utah (7-1) 35-0, a shutout, a beating the Bears haven’t experienced this season.

#2 In the game in Utah, Bears quarterback Spencer Brasch threw 7-19 for 47 yards and the Bears simply didn’t get any yardage in the game in Utah.

#3 On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears defense was like butter for the Utes, who scored five touchdowns on the Bears in the first three quarters.

#4 In the fourth quarter, the Utes didn’t score a touchdown and played the bench. Was it their version of the mercy rule since the score was already 35-0?

#5 The Bears host the Washington State Cougars (4-4). It could very well be the Bears best chance at getting back in the win column. They haven’t won since Sept 21st against Ole Miss.

Catch Morris on the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at

Cal Bears football podcast with Morris Phillips: Too much offense gives Cal dizzy spells in lopsided shutout win at Utes

photo from Utah’s Zack Moss (2) reaches the end zone while scoring one of his two touchdowns in his a win over Cal in Salt Lake City.

On The Cal Bears Football podcast with Morris:

#1 In one of the most difficult games of the season for the Golden Bears (4-4) and no doubt their worst of 2019. The Utah Utes (7-1) went to work on the Cal scoring the opening volley with a touchdown. Running back Zack Moss carried for a 4-yard run at 4:50 in the first quarter.

#2 Cal would remain scoreless in the first half as the Utes would score three more touchdowns in the second quarter on a Utes quarterback Bryan Thompson 40-yard pass to Tyler Huntley, a Jason Shelly 1-yard run, and a Brant Kuithe 1-yard pass to Jason Shelly. At the half, Cal could have asked for the mercy rule. It was 28-0.

#3 In the second half, the Utes picked up one more score in the third quarter at 9:26. Zack Jones carried for ten yards to put the frosting on the cake as the Utes would win it 35-0.

#4 Morris, what best explains best why Cal just simply couldn’t get any offense going and did quarterback Spencer Brasch, who went 7-19 for 47 yards, lack enough time and protection to throw the ball?

#5 Washington State (4-4) is up next. Cougars lost to Oregon on Saturday 37-35 and are 1-4 in their last five games. Taking some of WSU’s defensive issues under consideration, do you see Cal with a light at the end of the tunnel to win this game this coming Saturday?

Morris Phillips is a Cal Bears beat writer and does the Cal podcasts each Monday at

Cal Bears football podcast with Morris Phillips: Bears will have to regroup after failed first half against OSU and answer the bell against Utah Saturday

photo from California quarterback Devon Modster, left, hands off to running back Christopher Brown Jr. in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, October 19, 2019.

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 The Cal Bears (4-3), in the first half of the game, could never make good use once they got into the red zone except to elect to kick a field goal. If not for that, they would have got shutout in the first half of the game by the Oregon State Beavers (3-4).

#2 Here is a Beavers team, whose been on a struggle, came into Berkeley at 2-4 and there’s Cal, who had a lot of confidence. This would be a great building block going forward after losing their last two games to Oregon and ASU.

#3 Did OSU take Cal out of their game in that first half by scoring two first half touchdowns and holding Cal to only a field goal?

#4 OSU won 21-17. Did Beavers quarterback Jake Luton, who threw 18-34 for 174 yards and two touchdowns, get some good protection and some time to throw the ball Saturday?

#5 Cal travels to Utah to face the Utah Utes (6-1) and the Utes are no pushover. They beat ASU (5-2) in their last game 21-3 on the road in Utah. This is a game that might keep Cal head coach Justin Wilcox up all week.

Morris does the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at

Cal Bears Football podcast with Morris Phillips: Golden Bears look to rebound on OSU after loss in Oregon

photo from The Cal Bears Deandae Johnson sacks Oregon QB Justin Herbert in the October 5th

On the Cal Bears (4-2) Football podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris, Cal head coach Justin Wilcox reflected on the tough loss in their last game October 5th at Oregon (4-1) saying “It’s not one person, the way we meet, the extra work they do” referring to the work ethic of the team was that element lacking referring to the loss to the Ducks on the 5th?

#2 Morris, talk about Cal’s defensive backfield: Ashtyn Davis, Jaylinn Hawkins, Trey Turner III, Treyvon Beck, Josh Drayden, Camryn Bynum, and Elijah Hicks. How much of a percentage you would put on the game in Oregon that defense was there or not there?

#3 How much pressure will be on David Modster to get it done this coming Saturday. He just wasn’t able to get some of the passes he wanted in Oregon last game.

#4  Modster will get a chance to throw against Oregon State (2-4). Oregon State had their heads handed to them in their last game by the Utah Utes (5-1) 52-7 nearly getting shutout. Could Modster have a game like that throwing for scores all day?

#5 Lastly, talk about coach Wilcox’s game plan the Bears need a lot more offense than they got in Oregon and how sore is the wounded Golden Bear that wants to come out with a vengeance on Saturday?

Morris does the Cal podcasts each Monday morning at

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Joey Friedman: Cardinal come out swinging, hold a lead in 75-62 win against Colorado

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On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Joey:

#1 The Cardinal (10-10) came off a loss to the Utah Utes prior to last Saturday’s game. With the Colorado Buffaloes (11-8) and the Cardinal, who came in with some motivation, pulled off a win 75-62.

#2 Dorian Pickens was key for Stanford’s last season’s lead as he led with 18 points and the Cardinal who behind 16 points came back against Colorado showing the Cardinal trying win these games against Colorado. The Buffaloes rattled off six points with Tyler Bey’s help.

#3 Cormac Ryan did not play. He continues to sit out with ankle concerns.

#4 Sophomore Oscar Da Silva scored all of Stanford’s first eight points, which included a pair of threes in the first five minutes.

#5 The Cardinal next head to Berkeley to take on Cal on February 3rd in the first of three road games.

Joey Friedman does the Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast each Friday at

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: At this rate, Cal can only reboot and play for pride now

Photo credit: @CalMBBall

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 The Utah Utes head coach  Larry Krystkowiak saw his offense get it in gear against the Cal Bears instantly on offense, but the defense took awhile to get it in gear, but once they did, the Bears were pretty much done.

#2 The home floor didn’t help for Cal. They lost 82-64. They’ve struggled at home and have not won game this season.

#3  Krystkowiak said in the postgame presser that the first half was a shootout and that the offense was expending with a lot more energy. Knowing the struggles of the Bears and with the Utes climbing on offense did the Bears even have a chance to shut the Utes down in that first half.

#4 The Utes helped their own cause in the Pac-12 standings with their fourth straight win and now in a second place tie with USC.

#5 Cal’s attendance is shrinking with each loss and the fans and alum can’t give away a ticket as Cal drops to a 5-15 record. Cal’s next home game this Sun Feb 3 against the Stanford Cardinal.

Morris is the Cal Bears beat writer and does the Cal podcasts with Michael Duca weekly at

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Joey Friedman: Cardinal held lead in first half, then Utes made a comeback

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On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Joey:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal (9-10) hosted the Utah Utes (10-8) on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal dominated in the first half, but the Utes came back for the win 70-66.

#2 The last time the Utes won at Stanford was in 1971. Before last night’s game, the Utes had lost six straight games. but snapped that loss steak with a big win at Maples.

#3 Sedrick Barefield led the Utes with 18 points, and for Stanford, KZ Okpala led with 22 and Daejon Davis right behind with 17.

#4 The Cardinal’s Bryce Wills is the youngest player in the Pac-12. Cardinal head coach Jerod Haase says Wills is one of the most mature players that he’s coached for being the youngest player in the Pac-12.

#5 The Cardinal’s coaches discovered Wills at Iona Prep College on the New York Rens. He was a teammate of Stanford guard Cormac Ryan.

Joey does the Stanford Men’s basketball podcast each Friday at

Utes outlast Cardinal 70-66 in crucial Pac-12 matchup

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By: Eric Epstein

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team hosted the Utah Utes on Thursday night in a crucial Pac-12 matchup. The Cardinal ended up falling to the Utes in Palo Alto for the first time since 1971, with a final score of 70-66.

Utah gained some separation in the crowded Pac-12 with their win as they move up to join the Arizona State Sun Devils for third in the conference. Stanford slides to 2-5 in conference play, where they now occupy the ninth spot in the conference standings.

The first half was played at a blistering pace, with a total of two free throws attempted in the half and with each team attempting close to 30 field goals. Stanford missed their first 5 three-point attempts and finished the half 1-6 from deep. On the other end, Utah closed out the first half with a three-point barrage en route to an incredibly efficient 5-7 clip from downtown. Utah went 7-9 for their last 9 field goal attempts of the half, and freshman forward Timmy Allen’s last-second layup stretched the Utes’ lead to 5 at the half.

Sophomore forward KZ Okpala opened the half off right for the Cardinal, slamming down a thunderous dunk on Stanford’s first second-half possession.

Despite Utah’s hot first-half shooting, they did not attempt a three-point shot until halfway through the second half.

After sophomore guard Daejon Davis hit a mid-range floater with 16:08 left in the game to give Stanford a 1-point lead, the Cardinal held the lead until senior Utah guard Sedrick Barefield got an extremely fortunate bounce on his 3-point attempt to give the Utes the lead with 2:12 remaining. The next possession, Okpala responded with a three-point basket of his own to even the score.

Senior Utah guard Parker Van Dyke finished a tough layup around senior center Josh Sharma to give Utah a 2-point lead with less than a minute left. After that basket, the Cardinal had to play the foul game in attempt to catch up with the Utes. However, Barefield cooly hit all 4 of his free throws down the stretch and Stanford could not make up the deficit.

Okpala led the game in scoring with 22 points on 7-15 shooting, but with a shaky 7-11 free throw performance. Davis, who started the game 0-6 on field goals, turned his night around in the second half and finished with 17 points on 7-16 shooting along with 4 assists and only 2 turnovers.

Sharma, who is very susceptible to getting in foul trouble, did not get into serious foul trouble until the final minute of the game. He ended up seeing the court for 34 minutes and finished with 12 rebounds and 9 points on 3-6 shooting.

Sophomore forward Oscar da Silva, who started the game, did not record a single point on 3 field goal attempts, despite seeing 28 minutes of playing time. Freshman forward Jaden Delaire picked up the offensive slack dropped by da Silva by scoring 7 points on 3-4 shooting.

Utah had three double-digit scorers in Barefield (18), Van Dyke (10), and sophomore forward Donnie Tillman (11). The Utes finished with a very impressive 64.3% of their 3-point shots falling and a respectable 47% general field goal percentage.

Stanford finished with more offensive and defensive rebounds, assists, fast break points, and points in the paint. The Cardinal also blocked Utah 10 times, where Utah did not record a single blocked shot all night. However, Utah’s more efficient scoring made the difference and helped hand the Cardinal their fifth Pac-12 loss of the season.

The Stanford will shift their focus to their eighth Pac-12 game where they will host the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5:00 PM PST.

NCAAFB podcast with Michelle Richardson: It was the Pitts for Pitt upended by Clemson; Ohio’s offensive unit does the trick in laying out Northwestern; plus more

photo from Yahoo! Sports: Washington Huskies head coach Chris Peterson hoists the Pac-12 Championship Trophy after defeating the Utah Utes at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday night.

On the NCAAFB podcast with Michelle:

#1 Clemson (13-0) got a huge win over Pitt (7-6) Saturday 42-10 to their fourth straight ACC title. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 12-24 for 118 yards and Pitt’s quarterback Kenny Pickett struggled, throwing 4-14 for for just 14 yards.

#2 The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1) finished off Northwestern (8-5) 45-24. The Buckeyes dominated, thanks to fine offensive quarterbacking of Dwayne Haskins throwing for 499 yards, was picked off just once and had five passing touchdowns but the amazing thing was he got one touchdown on a shot gun and his offense did the rest of the work.

#3 The Washington Huskies (10-3) hoisted the Pac-12 Championship trophy on Friday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with a 10-3 win over the Utah Utes (9-4). Huskies quarterback Jake Browning threw for 187 yards and a touchdown as that was enough to get past the Utes in defensive game. Plus Michelle’s final thoughts.

Michelle Richardson does the NCAA football podcasts each Sunday at

Ball Bounces Huskies’ Way in Pac-12 Championship win over Utah, 10-3

By Morris Phillips

SANTA CLARA–If the Pac-12 Championship Game were to be decided without the benefit of an offensive touchdown, of course the opportunistic, hard hitting Washington Huskies would be in position to win it.

But along that same line of thinking, the Utah Utes would likely be in position to steal the outcome of such a defensive-leaning contest.

And that was the storyline on Friday, as Washington seized a 10-3 decision over Utah, in the second, lowest-scoring contest in the history of college football’s conference championship games.

“We played them before, watched them on tape get better, and you got two kind of old school defenses that don’t give up much,” Washington head coach Chris Petersen said.

TV ratings may have suffered, and the referees and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott weren’t welcomed by the second smallest crowd in the eight year history of the game, but this was a war between two top defenses and their offensive counterparts, desperate not to make a mistake that could prevent their defense from winning the game on a big play.

That play came in the final minutes of the third quarter, and after the Utes fought admirably to gain a 3-3 tie despite committing a pair of turnovers, and operating with Jason Shelley, an inexperienced redshirt freshman quarterback and a run game that the Huskies had rendered useless.

With 1:05 remaining in the quarter, Shelley’s well-positioned pass attempt to Siaosi Mariner could have been caught, but instead bounded out of Mariner’s hands then off his leg and up in the air. Washington corner Byron Murphy found himself with the ball accessible and 66 yards of friendly turf behind it.

“The opportunity was there,” Murphy recounted. “I just had to make sure I took it.”

Murphy’s interception and return–the game’s only touchdown–became the decider as the corner’s teammates provided one or two, key downfield blocks.

“When I saw him cut back, I was like, ‘please keep going,'” Petersen said.

Washington’s offense–explosive and prolific two years ago, and now conservative and pragmatic despite having the same quarterback, senior Jake Browning–remained content to play a supporting role before and after Murphy’s game-changer.

The Huskies mounted four lengthy drives that amounted to one Payton Henry 29-yard field goal a couple of minutes before halftime. More interested in first downs (19), than points (3), Browning directed the offense beautifully with the exception of Javelin Guidry’s interception at the start of the second quarter.

Washington’s 306 yards in total offense wouldn’t normally impress anyone. But Petersen was appreciative, and he commended Browning and the offense in the face of the Husky fanbase that expected more, especially from Browning.

“It’s a hard process when you get anointed before you earn anything,” Petersen said of Washington’s 10-3 season that didn’t result in a National Championship berth, but sends the Huskies to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the first time since 2000.

“It hasn’t been easy,” Petersen said.

Utah failed to exceed their previous post-season history that’s littered with appearances in minor bowl games, many in bowls that no longer exist, with the exception being their 2005 Fiesta Bowl appearance under Urban Meyer and quarterback Alex Smith. But with less than 200 yards in total offense, the Utes suffered a painful outcome, a couple of significant casualties, including top receiver Britain Covey, who was injured returning the second half kickoff.

Covey would watch the rest of the game from the sidelines needing the assistance of crutches.

“We made some plays, we missed some opportunities,” Utes offensive linemen Jackson Barton said. “We’re a good football team. We couldn’t pull it out tonight.”

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham complained noticeably after the Utes’ final offensive snap, an incomplete pass on 4th and 12 again involving Shelley, Mariner and Murphy. This time Murphy clearly contacted Mariner before the ball arrived, and a pass interference call or a catch would have set up Utah with a first down in Washington territory with a minute remaining. But the refs declined to make and call, denying the Utes an opportunity to tie and possibly force overtime.

“I don’t know what I can say. Wouldn’t you be upset?” Whittingham said.

Upset? Sure. But maybe resigned as well. In two ballgames against the Huskies this season, Utah scored a grand total of 10 points (21-7 loss at Salt Lake City on September 15).

A correct call by the officials flagging Murphy would have produced a first down, but ultimately could have compounded the frustration for Whittingham and the Utes.