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On Cal's offense:
"We had too many mistakes, communication breakdowns, and we didn't take care of the football very well. We couldn't get off the field defensively. Early in the game, we were in too many third-and-long situations. You cannot run in a game being in third and 15, third and 12. Nevada played hard and made more plays than we did. We couldn't convert third down and stay on the field, and they could."
On the offensive challenges:
"We are running a new offense with a piece of the no huddle. Games are different than practice. We worked out some kinks early; after that we were fine, but we made too many mistakes."
On Nevada's offense:
"They have you spread all over the field. You need to be disciplined with your role. Their quarterback played very well, especially on third down. He made some big plays and kept the chains moving. He threw with confidence and accuracy. Their guys made some great catches as well. It comes down to making plays, and we didn't."
On TBs Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson:
"Both (Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson) are slash. Coach Gould keeps his finger on the substitutions. He does a good job getting those guys in and out. It just worked out that when C.J (Anderson) was in there, a lot of the reads were hands instead of keeps by the quarterback."
On Starting QB Allan Bridgford:
"(The decision to star Allan Bridgford was made) back in early June; we knew that Zach (Maynard) wasn't going to start the game. Zach did some decent things, but there are other areas he needs to improve with. He threw some good balls, but there are some open guys he needs to hit. He is better than what he played today."
Considering the staff decided in June that Maynard would not be starting, it's bizarre that none of the players knew until Friday. Why withhold that information from the team? More links after the jump.
- Mike Pawlawski says the play of the offensive line this year will be pivotal in determining the Bears' success. Maynard can only be as good as his O-line lets him.
- Now the Assistant Athletic Communications Director for Cal, JO (yes, he's back!) reflects on the time he spent in old Memorial Stadium and looks ahead to the next era at the university's historic venue.
- Drum major Kevin Kraft gets ready for his big day.
- Cal fans respond positively to all the changes made to Memorial Stadium. They did not comment on the product on the field, however.
- Cal issues a last-minute, two-sentence statement on Maynard's status.
- BearTerritory.net recaps the game. Fun fact: the last time two true freshmen scored in a game was when the Bears faced Air Force in 2004. Something tells me this season will not be as successful as that one...
- Faraudo recaps the ups and downs (mostly downs) in his live thread.
- Bear Insider has a lengthy recap with plenty of quotes.
- Faraudo has a variety of depressing notes and observations from the game.
- What did we learn in week one of the Pac-12? The North teams behind Oregon are pretty crappy.
- Uncle Ted's bowl projections have Cal facing Navy in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
- The 17th-ranked Bears topped Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
- The 22nd-ranked men's team lost 2-1 on the road against Virginia.
- A last-minute goal gave Northwestern a 1-0 victory over the Bears. Cal has yet to win a game televised on the Pac-12 Network.