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We looked at the positives, so let's view the other side and see what the negatives were.
Berkelium97: Penalties: I almost feel like this isn't even worth pointing out. Our typical penalties (procedural, holding, etc.) were nonexistent. Instead we suffered through one of the worst-refereed games in recent memory as the secondary was victimized by several bizarre PI penalties. At least once we strung together several penalties on one drive--I always hate to see that.
Run defense: the stats are much better than I remember, but WSU picked up big chunks of yardage when they ran in the second half.
Ohio Bear: Penalties. 8 more of them for 91 yards. And on one play, we had TWO illegal blocks in the back? Sigh. I didn't like the turnovers, obviously, especially when Cal squandered an opportunity in the red zone by throwing the interception on the botched screen. Honestly, I didn't like that play selection down there. Cal had gotten to the 9-yard line exclusively by running the ball. The loss of a yard on 1st-and-goal notwithstanding, I thought it would have been more prudent to keep pounding the ball on the ground there. By throwing down there, I thought we led WSU off the hook a little bit.
Unclesam22: The fact the only 3 passes were caught by people not named Keenan Allen was a little troubling. Obviously he's our number 1 and was open all night, so it's a little nitpicky, but still, I would have liked to have seen some of the younger receivers get some more experience. I was also surprised to see Rodgers only catch one ball after his breakout performance. Definitely would like to see Maynard be more comfortable with the other guys. Penalties always worry me, so that was definitely not good, but some of those calls were really questionable, so I can let that slide.
TwistNHook: I looked at the stats page for a while trying to find negatives. It was not easy to find. Cal seemed to outplay WSU here. The score doesn't quite reflect it as much (partially due to the fact that Cal did turn the ball over right at the goal line seemingly moments before they would score another big TD. And I think WSU's last TD was scored against Cal's 2nd team D. The biggest problem is the penalties. 8 penalties for 91 yards.