(Written by kencraw)
If my silence since Saturday means anything, it means I’m disgusted. There’s NO WAY I’m ever going to watch that game again except as an act of penance for some terrifyingly horrible sin.
What the heck!?!
I mean seriously… did Tedford take back over the program for a week? Because this is exactly the sort of face plant against OSU that he was known for. Unable to beat the press coverage and dominated at the line of scrimmage for the entire game… but the team gets their act together in the 4th quarter enough to make it a close affair before the team does something stupid to prevent the comeback, like Riley running with less than 30 seconds left with no timeouts in 2007.
Apparently Webb had an injured hand, and perhaps that mitigates why the passing game was so ineffective and over-rides my growing concern of his inability to complete game winning drives. (What was with that horrid in the turf pass to Robertson on the last drive?) Up until now, the offense was licking their chops whenever the opponent played press coverage. But for some reason, perhaps an injured hand, the Bears were mystified by it.
But that is NO EXCUSE for the defensive line and linebackers who both were getting physically dominated AND couldn’t tackle worth a hill of beans. They looked hesitant and refused to attack when tackling. If I never see another player dragged for 5 yards before letting go again it will be too soon.
And what makes it worse is that Dykes’ teams have not had this problem. Sure, they haven’t been at the top of the pecking order, but they’ve always beat the teams below them, particularly OSU. In the past 3 seasons, the only games one could argue the Bears were the superior team based on their season performance and yet loss are the following:
- 2014 BYU (marginal, team was 8-5 but against worse competition)
That’s it! I went through every other game, and every one that Cal lost to finished ahead of them in the conference standings and for the non-conference teams had a record that suggested they were better.
Until Saturday night.
Perhaps we’ll look back on this game at the end of the season in a different light, seeing an OSU team that went on a tear starting with this game, but somehow I don’t think so.
There’s no other way to say it: This is the worst loss of the Dykes era.