JO has a variety of interesting notes following the post-game press room.
–Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson left the game with a hip pointer. No word yet on his prognosis.
–Kicker Vince D’Amato suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter during a kick return.
–Game time temperature was 100 degrees!
–Jahvid Best’s 93-yard TD run was the third-longest ever at Cal. The longest? Bill Power went for 98 yards against Oregon State in 1951.
–Although the Bears took busses down to Pasadena, they took a charter flight back home.
–Cornerback Darian Hagan had five tackles and three pass break-ups.
–Linebacker Mychal Kendricks didn’t start for the first time this season, partly because he didn’t practice during the bye week with a shoulder injury. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory also liked the way D.J. Holt had been practicing at that position. Kendricks estimated he saw about 15 snaps.
–The masterminds behind Tedford’s ice bath at the end of the game? Wide receiver Nyan Boateng, nose tackle Derrick Hill and recruiting coordinator Kevin Parker.
After the jump we have recaps from both perspectives, bowl projections, post-game press conference quotes, a video of a major mental mistake the defense made, and more. Tomorrow I'll have recaps of the rest of the weekend in Cal sports.
- Tedford and Riley earn of Ted Miller's helmet stickers for their bye-week work together to improve Riley's accuracy.
- Bruce Feldman predicts a Cal-Georgia Tech Emerald Bowl and Mark Schlabach predicts a Utah-Cal Poinsettia Bowl.
- Post-game quotes from Tedford and Neuheisal.
- Rob Calonge has a good recap of the game.
- The LA Daily News wonders why the UCLA defense disappeared at times. LATimes thinks the Bruin Bandwagon has melted into "a messy mass of overheated and very pliable goo."
- After seven years of losing in LA and especially after the losses against USC and Oregon, Tedford seemed thrilled with the win. Best called the win "a pivotal moment" and said many of the guys were "shocked" when on Friday the normally quiet Ludwig lit into them about the need to get going on offense.
- Monte Poole is still wondering what type of team Cal is. He wouldn't be surprised if they finish 7-5 or 8-4.
- Marvin Jones had a great day in front of several friends and family members.
- Mychal Kendricks backed up his talk from earlier in the week with a game-sealing interception.
Lastly, thanks to Spazzy McGee for posting this earlier. Praise be to Tedford we didn't give up a TD to the wide-open Paulsen while we had only ten men on the field.
Cal Bears play defense with just 10 guys (via TouchedTheAxeIn82)