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Golden Nuggets: Bears (and Cal Band) Run to Victory

Before the start of the season, I was worried about the fullbacks.  I thought it would be tough to replace Willie T, whose blocks paved the way for Cal's running backs.   After two games I am delighted with the production of Brian Holley and the rest of the O-line who have allowed Cal to run for 586 yards in just two games.  Not only is Holley consistently paving the way for Best, Vereen, et. al but he is effectively running and catching too, areas where Ta'ufo'ou couldn't be fully utilized.  JO writes about Holley:

Senior Brian Holley made an impact for the second straight week Saturday, exhibiting his strength and athleticism during a 21-yard catch to set up Cal's first touchdown during a 59-7 rout of Eastern Washington.

One week after demonstrating he could be a solid short-yardage back for the Bears, Holley exhibited the ability to make plays out of the backfield. After catching a screen pass from quarterback Kevin Riley on Cal's second play from scrimmage, Holley discarded a strong hit by Eagles cornerback Kevin Hatch, using his hand to help him stay on his feet for a long gain.

Keep up the good work, Holley (and the rest of the fullbacks and O-line too).  We're going to need it heading into the tougest five-game stretch of the season.

After the jump we have recaps of the game, ranking updates, ESPN's bowl projections (hint: things look rosy), some great quotes from the post-game press conference, a Minnesota update, an early spread for the Cal-MN game, and coverage of all of the weekend's Cal sports including women's volleyball, men/women's soccer, cross-country, and field hockey.  And one last thing: the band ran to a victory of its own just before the start of the game and it was caught by CSNBA's after the jump.

Finally, the band does its best Brian Holley impression.