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Golden Nuggets: Sonny Dykes looking for answers to defensive woes

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Three games into the season and the defense seems unable to stop any of the opponents, making it the most popular question for Coach Dykes at the post-game presser.

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After a tough loss to Ohio State, Head Coach Sonny Dykes spoke about the defense, which has struggled to stop any of our opponents this season. Here are some quotes from the post-game press conference, which CGB attended.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sonny up now re: falling into a 21-0 hole at the start &quot;don&#39;t really have an answer at this point ... something we&#39;re going to need to ...&quot;</p>&mdash; GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoldenBlogs/statuses/379076659824971776">September 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>[re: slow start today &amp; 3 games in a row] &quot;... figure out ... but our guys battled, trademark of our team [is that] we play hard&quot;</p>&mdash; GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoldenBlogs/statuses/379076820596830209">September 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dykes: &quot;We have just started so poorly now for three weeks. We&#39;ve talked to some players about it. I don&#39;t really have an answer for it.&quot;</p>&mdash; Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) <a href="https://twitter.com/CalRivals/statuses/379076661678845952">September 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dykes: &quot;Getting run by, I don&#39;t know if that&#39;s a scheme issue.&quot;</p>&mdash; Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) <a href="https://twitter.com/CalRivals/statuses/379077407438680066">September 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;as coaches [we need] to put players in situations to be successful, dont believe in moral victories but proud of our guys for playing hard&quot;</p>&mdash; GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoldenBlogs/statuses/379078164850294784">September 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>re: defense &quot;... we&#39;ve had wholesale changes back there [from] where we started this season, no excuse it is what it is&quot;</p>&mdash; GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoldenBlogs/statuses/379079765803548672">September 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Good thing we have an extra week to address these issues before facing off--on the road--against the Ducks.

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  • Coverage of the game by the AP, Inside Bay AreaSFGate, a video recap by ESPN, and the official Cal website (along with some video highlights)
  • Videos of the post-game interviews with Stefan McClure, Sonny Dykes, Joel Willis, and Jared Goff
  • After the loss to the Buckeyes, Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer spoke to Jared Goff to compliment the young quarterback (scroll down... down... past all the praise for Kenny Guiton)
  • SFGate compares the Cal and Ohio State programs
  • The AP Week 4 Top 25
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    <th align="center">Rank</th>
    <th align="center">Team</th>
    <th align="center">Record</th>
    <th align="center">Votes</th>
    <th align="center">Previous</th>
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    <td align="center">1</td>
    <td align="center">Alabama (59)</td>
    <td align="center">2-0</td>
    <td align="center">1,499</td>
    <td align="center">1</td>
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    <td align="center">2</td>
    <td align="center">Oregon (1)</td>
    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">1,413</td>
    <td align="center">2</td>
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    <td align="center">3</td>
    <td align="center">Clemson</td>
    <td align="center">2-0</td>
    <td align="center">1,347</td>
    <td align="center">3</td>
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    <td align="center">4</td>
    <td align="center">Ohio State</td>
    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">1,330</td>
    <td align="center">4</td>
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    <td align="center">5</td>
    <td align="center">Stanford</td>
    <td align="center">2-0</td>
    <td align="center">1,241</td>
    <td align="center">5</td>
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    <td align="center">6</td>
    <td align="center">LSU</td>
    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">1,134</td>
    <td align="center">8</td>
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    <td align="center">7</td>
    <td align="center">Louisville</td>
    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">1,092</td>
    <td align="center">7</td>
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    <td align="center">8</td>
    <td align="center">Florida State</td>
    <td align="center">2-0</td>
    <td align="center">1,058</td>
    <td align="center">10</td>
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    <td align="center">9</td>
    <td align="center">Georgia</td>
    <td align="center">1-1</td>
    <td align="center">1,051</td>
    <td align="center">9</td>
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    <td align="center">10</td>
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    <td align="center">2-1</td>
    <td align="center">1,001</td>
    <td align="center">6</td>
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    <td align="center">11</td>
    <td align="center">Oklahoma State</td>
    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">848</td>
    <td align="center">12</td>
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    <td align="center">12</td>
    <td align="center">South Carolina</td>
    <td align="center">2-1</td>
    <td align="center">821</td>
    <td align="center">13</td>
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    <td align="center">13</td>
    <td align="center">UCLA</td>
    <td align="center">2-0</td>
    <td align="center">757</td>
    <td align="center">16</td>
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    <td align="center">14</td>
    <td align="center">Oklahoma</td>
    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">692</td>
    <td align="center">14</td>
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    <td align="center">15</td>
    <td align="center">Michigan</td>
    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">672</td>
    <td align="center">11</td>
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    <td align="center">16</td>
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    <td align="center">2-0</td>
    <td align="center">641</td>
    <td align="center">15</td>
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    <td align="center">17</td>
    <td align="center">Washington</td>
    <td align="center">2-0</td>
    <td align="center">496</td>
    <td align="center">19</td>
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    <td align="center">18</td>
    <td align="center">Northwestern</td>
    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">487</td>
    <td align="center">17</td>
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    <td align="center">19</td>
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    <td align="center">1-1</td>
    <td align="center">412</td>
    <td align="center">18</td>
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    <td align="center">20</td>
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    <td align="center">2-0</td>
    <td align="center">355</td>
    <td align="center">22</td>
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    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">300</td>
    <td align="center">25</td>
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    <td align="center">22</td>
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    <td align="center">2-1</td>
    <td align="center">277</td>
    <td align="center">21</td>
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    <td align="center">23</td>
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    <td align="center">2-0</td>
    <td align="center">229</td>
    <td align="center">NR</td>
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    <td align="center">24</td>
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    <td align="center">2-1</td>
    <td align="center">87</td>
    <td align="center">20</td>
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    <td align="center">25</td>
    <td align="center">Texas Tech</td>
    <td align="center">3-0</td>
    <td align="center">60</td>
    <td align="center">NR</td>
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    <td align="center">Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 59, Fresno State 27, UCF25, Northern Illinois 24, Georgia Tech 17, Nebraska 15, Arizona 11, Auburn 9, Boise State 4, Virginia Tech 3, TCU 3, Arkansas 2, Navy 1</td>
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