It was ugly. If you watched the 116th Big Game, then you know that it was ugly.
Stanfurd decided to run up the score, resulting in some new Big Game records.
42 point in the first half: Most for #Stanford ever.— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) November 24, 2013
50-point margin largest in #BigGame history.— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) November 24, 2013
QB Kevin Hogan and WR Ty Montgomery also had record-breaking performances. It was good enough for one Furd reporter to call it the "best day in program history." It was just a perfectly fitting day to end a terrible season.
Cal gave up a school record 551 points this year (previous high was 433), which is the 3rd worst in the history of the Pac12 (HT @CalRivals)— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) November 24, 2013
Cal legend Joe Kapp was on hand to witness the nightmare:
The post-game press conference was as somber as one would expect after this kind of performance. QB Jared Goff gave a minor update to an injury suffered at the hands of LB Shayne Skov, who probably should have been ejected for targeting during an earlier hit.
Jared reportedly has a separated shoulder, he says hes never had that injury before. Only other serious injury he's had was broken leg in HS— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) November 24, 2013
"...alot of the things we need to fix arent even football related, but more our mentality..." (implied they'll work on it in the offseason)— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) November 24, 2013
This was the last game for LB Lucas King, who grew up in Berkeley and rooting for the hometown team, but was never able to win the Axe. Nonetheless, he is trying hard to find the
silver golden linings in life.
"...this seasons been (full of) life lessons that you cant learn anywhere else..."— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) November 24, 2013
This season has taken its toll on Coach Sonny Dykes and it shows.
Sonny at the presser: he looks like hes gona cry "...its on me, wish it was better"— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) November 24, 2013
"lot of things we gota get better at, blocking, tackling, getting stronger/faster... i have 3 notebooks full of stuff..."— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) November 24, 2013
re: if he can guarantee all asst's coming back: "we'll look at it on Monday... I cant even guarantee that I'll be back..."— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) November 24, 2013
As previously mentioned, Goff was taken out of the game due to injury, resulting in Zach Kline stepping in, but Dykes plainly stated he wasn't impressed by the substitute's performance in a harsh piece of criticism.
Goff with separated shoulder. Dykes saying of Kline: "I didn't think he played very well"— Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) November 24, 2013
Kline reiterated his uncertainty about where he'll find himself in the future.
Zach just said "i love Cal & im a Bear thru & thru... but if there is an opportunity (in the future) i have a decision to make..."— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) November 24, 2013
That game (and this season) sucked, but don't forget to support this whole school and all the other great programs going on! GO BEARS!
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