Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Cal takes on tough battle with Oregon this Saturday

Cal Bears quarterback Jack Plummer looks for a receiver against the Washington Huskies at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on Sat Oct 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 The Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix threw a 14 yard pass to receiver Jalen McMillian for a game winning touchdown last Saturday to help Washington get past the Cal Bears at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley 28-21.

#2 Penix has been rolling he threw his eighth straight 300 yard game against Cal for 374 yards and two touchdowns was this a matter of Penix was just that good or the Cal defense just couldn’t contain Penix.

#3 Meanwhile Cal quarterback Jack Plummer threw well enough to win the game throwing for three second half touchdowns as Cal drops to 3-4.

#4 Cal Receiver J. Michael Sturdivant said that the Bears can beat anybody but last Saturday’s game just got away. Was Sturdivant saying that Cal can beat anybody overstating Cal’s ability to beat any other team or they really are good enough to beat other teams.

#5 Cal’s challenge doesn’t get any easier as they face the rough and ready number eight ranked Oregon Ducks (6-2) who have won six straight games and beat one of the tougher opponents in the Pac 12 last Saturday the UCLA Bruins 45-30 last Saturday. So this gives you an idea how tough Cal’s next game will be at Berkeley.

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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.

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Loss of EJ how much will it cost; Can McKee get protection from his line this Saturday at Oregon?

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee was running for daylight all day long against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle Sat Sep 24, 2022. He was sacked eight times by the Washington defense. (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael it wasn’t even close last Saturday at the Washington Huskies made work of the Stanford Cardinal (1-2) 40-22 at Husky Stadium in Washington.

#2 Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr 22-37 for 309 yards. Penix didn’t throw for a touchdown but yet there was a lot of offense by the Huskies.

#3 Huskies running back Wayne Taulapapa rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown and Will Nixon with only 4 carries and 21 yards scored one touchdown.

#4 Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee didn’t get much protection getting sacked eight times and the Huskies forced two fumbles was it a matter of McKee just couldn’t get away from the Huskies’ blitz package or the Cardinal offensive line just couldn’t stop the Huskies pass rush?

#5 What are some of things McKee will be looking at as the Cardinal prepare for the Oregon Ducks (3-1) in Eugene this Saturday an 8:00pm PDT.

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Washington punishes Stanford 40-22

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) tries to bet a pass away while under pressure by the Washington Huskies Daniel Heimuli (right) at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Sat Sep 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

Washington Punishes Stanford 40-22

By Barbara Mason

Saturday evening the Stanford Cardinal (1-2) took on the Washington Huskies (4-0). The Huskies are coming off an impressive win over Michigan State and were looking to go 4-0 against Stanford. The Cardinal are coming off a bye week and tried to win their first Pac-12 contest this season. Stanford lost their Pac-12 opener to USC.

The Cardinal have struggled the past few seasons and they were looking for quarterback Tanner McKee to provide some explosive offense and unfortunately for Stanford they will be missing running back E.J. Smith to injury. Casey Filkins will step in to the starting running back position in the absence of Smith.

The Huskies presented a real challenge in this game. Washington came in the game third in the nation in passing success and are 17th in finishing drives. They are succeeded through the air. Their offense is electric but their defense struggles at times. As Washington came away with that successful victory 40-22 at Husky Stadium in Seattle to hand Stanford it’s second straight loss.

Game recap: The Huskies got up on the board in the first quarter. Will Nixon scampered for three yards and a touchdown leading early 7-0. Stanford was conducting a nice drive deep into Husky territory when a Tanner McKee pass was intercepted on the Washington 17.

The Huskies were unable to convert the interception into seven points but Peyton Henry kicked a 35 yd field goal extending their lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter. The Washington defense came to play sacking McKee six times, number six coming at 9:08 in the quarter.

Stanford’s offensive woes continued in the second quarter when Tanner McKee fumbled at 6:45 recovered by Stanf Faatui Tuitele. The Huskies Wayne Taulapapa would convert that recovery into a touchdown rushing for 34 yards and Washington had 10 points off those two turnovers. The Huskies led 17-0.

Stanford finally got something going driving into Husky territory with five minutes left in the first half. Tanner McKee got this offense moving in the right direction. McKee found Michael Wilson for 23 yards and a Cardinal touchdown; Stanford finally up on the board 17-7.

With 30 seconds left in the half the Cardinal were pinned deep in Oregon territory and very nearly gave up a safety operating from the 3 yard line. McKee was able to avoid the safety but had to leave the game with an ankle issue. It had been a rocky first half for Stanford.

In the third quarter Washington began to pull away. Henry kicked a 47 yard field goal early in the quarter and Husky quarterback Michael Penix Jr, completed a 30 yd pass to Rome Odunze extending their lead 27-7.

Stanford had a nice drive going in the third but failed to convert a 4th and 1 and the Huskies were back in business. Washington kicked a 32 yard field goal and the Huskies were putting this game away 30-7.

Stanford was able to score in the fourth quarter. McKee found John Humphrys for 17 yards, the touchdown and a successful two-point conversion. Washington led 30-15 with 13:58 left in the game.

Stanford had only been able to stop the Huskies once in this game. Washington’s Henry kicked another field goal this one a 26 yard field goal and the Cardinals now trailed 33-15. It was now a three possession game.

Tanner McKee fumbled with 10:45 left in the final quarter and Stanford had their third turnover in this game. The Huskies took that turnover to an eventual touchdown putting this game out of Stanford’s reach. Penix Jr. completed a 21 yard pass to Giles Jackson for a 40-15 Washington lead.

A McKee pass to Michael Wilson for 78 yards and a touchdown was Stanford’s last hurrah, too little too late. The final was 40-22.

McKee finished with 3 touchdowns and 286 passing yards. Michael Wilson had 176 receiving yards and Casey Filkins had 100 rushing yards.

The Huskies punished Stanford quarterback McKee with eight sacks in this game and the Cardinal were outplayed offensively and defensively. The Huskies kept their perfect record intact while Stanford dropped to1-2. Stanford takes on another very touch opponent next Saturday, #15th ranked Oregon. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal hoping to rebound at UW after tough loss to USC

The USC Trojans wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) takes off on a 22 yard run against the Stanford Cardinal in first half action at Stanford Stadium on Sat Sep 10, 2022. The Cardinal had a bye last week Sat Sep 17, 2022 and head for Husky Stadium in Seattle for a battle with the Washington Huskies on Sat Sep 24, 2022 in week 4 of the NCAA season. (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, USC quarterback Caleb Williams didn’t have any secrets about the winning results against the Stanford Cardinal on Sun 11th as the Trojans defeated the Stanford Cardinal (1-1) big 41-28.

#2 The USC defense looked like they gave Williams all day to throw for 341 yards and four touchdowns.

#3 Williams also threw to wide receiver Jordan Addison twice for touchdowns and the Trojan move into tenth in the college rankings.

#4 Head coach David Shaw said Stanford could have gone into the half with the lead but a turnover nullified that just simply a tough way to lose for Shaw and Stanford.

#5 The Cardinal try it again as they battle the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle this Sunday. The Huskies have been going well (3-0) and won by 11 points defeating Michigan State in their last contest last Saturday 39-28. Can Tanner McKee and the Cardinal get things going this Saturday in Seattle?

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal coming off loss will try and pick up the pieces at Washington Sat 24th

USC Trojan quarterback Caleb Williams (13) is on the run to avoid Stanford Cardinal defensive end Stephen Herron at Stanford Stadium on Sat Sep 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast:

#1 Michael, it was just too much USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams for the Stanford Cardinal last Saturday. The first half Trojans showed what kind of offense they had with Williams under center.

#2 Williams went 20-27 for 341 yards and four touchdowns no doubt the Cardinal line had trouble trying to figure out how to stop the Trojans.

#3 Two of Williams passes went to receiver Jordan Addison with seven receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinal coverage on Addison was hard to keep up and he got some open looks to help the Trojans score.

#4 Cardinal head coach David Shaw said the Cardinal on defense had just too many bad positions and on offense they could have kept the ball a little longer.

#5 The Cardinal for week 3 will have a bye and will face the Washington Huskies on Sat Sep 24th. The Huskies are grounding and pounding they have won their last two games and left little doubt. The Huskies beat Kent State 45-20 in week 1 and crushed Portland State 52-6. Taking those games into account how do you see Stanford faring against the Huskies.

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Pac 12 podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: With USC and UCLA pulling out who will fill their bill in the Pac 12?

Pac 12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff addresses the media on NCAA basketball media day on Tue Oct 12, 2021 in San Francisco. Kliavkoff said recently that he had expected playoff expansion would increase league revenue but with UCLA and USC leaving that could change the revenue picture quickly (AP file photo)

On the Pac 12 podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Pac 12 college presidents and chancellors Friday gave the Pac 12 the nod to “explore all expansion options” after UCLA and USC decision to move to the Big Ten.

#2 The Pac 12 presidents said they are committed to upgrading the Pac 12 for the excellence of the students athletes. With UCLA and USC leaving there is no doubt it leaves a huge void.

#3 LA is a huge TV market second in the nation it’s a big task to replace a USC and UCLA and the Pac 12 as of yesterday are not sure where to start looking.

#4 As of Friday’s announcement the Pac 12 colleges are not only scrambling to replace USC and UCLA but Washington and Oregon are also considering joining the Big Ten what impact will that further on the Pac 12 to lose the Huskies and Ducks.

#5 The loss of USC and UCLA not only impacts the football and basketball programs but all the other sports as well and some of the rivalries as well. The Pac 12 has also suffered in it’s TV Network as well in recent years.

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WSU avenges earlier loss, holds on for 66-60 win over Cardinal

Washington State Cougars forward (12) Michael Flowers drives up court against the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion on Thu Feb 3, 2022 (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, February 3, 2022

Despite a game-high 24 points from Spencer Jones, Stanford fell to visiting Washington State 66-60 Thursday in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

The Cougars’ win avenged an earlier loss to Stanford on Jan. 13.

No other player for the Cardinal (13-8 overall, 6-5 Pac-12) scored in double-figures. Jones made 4 of 8 3-pointers while notching his third 20-plus point game of the season. Jaiden Delaire was next on the Stanford scoring list with eight points, and James Keefe finished with 10 rebounds and six points.

The Cougars led 33-21 at halftime and held on to win, even though Stanford outscored them 39-33 in the second half.

Washington State (13-7, 6-3) was paced by Michael Flowers, who scored 22 points, followed by Tyrell Roberts with 12. Flowers’ 3-pointer extended the Cougars’ lead to 63-55 with 4;11 to play in the second half.

Jones sank a 3 and Keefe’s dunk pulled the Cardinal to within 63-60 at 1:18. On Stanford’s final possession, Isa Silva and Harrison Ingram each missed a 3-pointer. Efe Abogidi made 3 of 4 free throws in the final minutes for WSU.

The Cougars made 49 percent of their shots (24 of 49), while Stanford was 23 of 59 (39 percent). The Cardinal outrebounded WSU 36-26.

The Cardinal continue their stretch of playing eight games in 17 days when they host Washington on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m.

Huskies snap Cardinal’s four-game victory streak, winning 67-64

Washington guard Cole Bajema, right, looks to get an angle on defender and Stanford forward Jaiden Delaire, left, at Alaskan Airlines Arena in Seattle on Sat Jan 15, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, January 15, 2022

Stanford saw its four-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday in Seattle, as Washington edged the Cardinal 67-64 in Pac-12 men’s basketball.

The Cardinal slipped to 10-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

Terrell Brown Jr. led the Huskies (8-7 overall, 3-2 Pac-12) with 25 points, followed by Jamal Bey with 17 – all in the first half. Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 11 points for Washington.

Brandon Angel tallied 13 points and Lukas Kisunas scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds off the Cardinal bench, as no Stanford starter scored in double-figures.

Washington led 43-25 at halftime.

The Huskies held a 59-43 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the second half before Stanford used a 10-point run, closing their deficit to six. Daejon Davis hit a 3-pointer at 7:56 that wound up being UW’s last field goal.

Washington continued to hold on, up 65-61 with one minute to play. A pairt of Kisunas free throws pulled the Cardinal to within two, but though Brown missed a free throw with 15 seconds left, the Huskies held on for the win.

Stanford’s road trip continues on Thursday in Tucson against No. 6-Arizona.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Bears drop their third straight game to Huskies at Alaskan Airlines 64-55 Wednesday

The Washington Huskies Terrell Brown Jr (23) exults after teaching the Cal Bears a lesson about defending him. Brown led the Huskies in scoring with 21 points at the Alaskan Airlines Arena in Seattle on Wed Jan 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 The Washington Huskies (7-7) Terrell Brown was well defended by the Cal Bears (9-8) on Wednesday night in the first half of the game and came back scoring 18 of his 21 points in the second half.

#2 Brown led the Huskies in just impressive offense he worked the inside to get shots, worked the boards and wasn’t afraid to take the outside shot.

#3 For the Bears It seemed like anyone that head coach Mark Fox put out on the floor was getting extinguished everyone finished in a single digit except Jordan Shepherd who scored 12 points.

#4 The Huskies led Cal by seven at the half and got the win by 66-54. In both halves of the game the Huskies and Brown just out hustled Cal every step of the way.

#5 Cal will be at it again when they try to get back in the win column against the Washington State Cougars (9-6) at Pullman which could be a very tough place for the Bears to try and snap a three game losing streak.

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