Despite being outperformed in nearly every statistical category, the Bears left Boulder with a win thanks to the brother-to-brother connection of Zach Maynard and Keenan Allen. It wasn't easy and it certainly was not pretty, but it was a win. Here's a sample of what Tedford and Maynard said after the game. Clancy Pendergast, CJ Anderson, Anthony Miller, Marc Anthony, and Steve Williams also spoke. Click the link to see what they had to say.
First up is Coach Tedford:
On Tailback C.J. Anderson
"C.J. did a great job running through the tackles and obviously that big touchdown. Today, he earned some more playing time."
On What The Win Says About Cal
"To go up and then have them go back up and in a seesaw game like that, I still believe our guys are going to make plays. Our guys continued to fight and all the things we talked about, it validates everything that we've been working for and believe in."
On QB Zach Maynard
"He is a passionate person and a passionate competitor. He has guys around him who are also passionate competitors. Everybody today stepped up and made plays. Anthony (Miller) made a big one handed catch in the end zone, Keenan (Allen) made some big catches as well. Guys took turns running the football. We had too many penalties down the stretch, but then even still we fought back. When we were way back in overtime we showed a lot of character."
Zach Maynard made some comments:
On His Thoughts Before The Final Play
"I was thinking touchdown when I saw the defensive back playing tight alignment, and then I just threw the ball up and Keenan (Allen) went and got it."
On The Performance Of Tyler Hansen And Paul Richardson
"Richardson, how many yards did he have? I'd sure like to know, that was ridiculous. The quarterback did very well, he made smart decisions all game."
On The 1st-and-30 play in overtime
"Their coverage was flatfooted, I wanted to throw a strong ball and we came up with it."
After the jump we have the usual assortment of recaps and analysis, volleyball finishes preseason play a perfect 10-0, and we remember the lives of two Bears lost on September 11th.
Remembering the Bears on 9-11
- CalBears.com has stories and video celebrating the lives of Mark Bingham and Brent Woodall.
- Bingham was one of several passengers on flight 93 who tried to thwart the hijacking. He was a member of the championship-winning 1991 Cal rugby team.
- A dual-sport athlete, Brent Woodall was a tight end on the impressive 1990 and 1991 teams and was a closer on the baseball team that reached the College World Series. He was in the South Tower when the first plane hit.
- The Bears received six points in the USA Today poll.
- Both Tyler Hansen and Paul Richardson earned helmet stickers from Ted Miller.
- CalBears.com has a photo gallery from the game.
Avi updated the game at SB Nation Bay Area, for those who want to recount events; he also put up a summary on Pacific Takes on the Pac-12 season opener that never was.
- Ted Miller recaps the game. While neither team should be pleased with its performance, both can use this game to build some confidence as Pac-12 play nears.
- BearTerritory.net recaps the game. Like Maynard, Tedford knew the game-winning TD was going to happen as soon as the Colorado defense lined up. Fun fact: CJ's touchdown run was on a play called "jazz," or as he likes to call it, "smooth jazz."
- With JO at a wedding Jeff Faraudo admirably filled in recaps the game.
- Crumpacker recaps the game and includes a couple photos. Crumpacker has some notes from the game, including more comments from CJ on "jazz." CJ is especially fond of the play because he ran it often at Laney College.
- CalSportsDigest has a straightforward recap.
- Denver Post recaps the game. Jon Embree was very disappointed with the penalties that killed drives for Colorado and kept several drives alive for Cal. Embree vows to fix the false start penalties this week.
- After yesterday's game, we can add the name Paul Richardson to the list of fantastic Pac-12 receivers.
- CalBears.com has all the stats you'd ever want from the Colorado game.
- Ted Miller predicts a Las Vegas Bowl for the Bears.
- What did we learn in the Pac-12 this week? California has found itself a quarterback.
- The Bears opened the Hilton Garden Inn Classic with a sweep over UT Arlington. Later that day the Bears swept Nevada.
- On day two the Bears opened with a sweep over Sacramento State. The Bears wrapped up the event with a sweep of Georgetown. Non-conference play has come to an end with the Bears having a near-perfect preseason. They are 10-0 and have not yet lost a set.
- Deborah Maier won the 5000-meter race at the Sac State Jamboree. She ran the 5k in 16 minutes, 31 seconds. Fellow Bear Taylor Dutch finished in second with a time of 17:02.