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WOW. Offensive explosion. Defensive implosion. Overtime goal-line stand. Walk-off FG. This was quite the game by our STURDY Golden Bears. And you all had plenty to say about it too! Thanks to all that took the time to fill out a report card this week. GO BEARS!

Ezra Shaw

Berkelium97: If these games keep playing out like this, I'm afraid I'm not going to last the season.  Thankfully fortune smiled upon the Bears this week.  Are your report cards all smiles this week?

Average Standard Deviation
Pass Offense .841 .116
Rush Offense .768 .135
Pass Defense .270 .209
Rush Defense .621 .221
Special Teams .680 .161
Coaching .676 .167
Overall .708 .154
Win Chance vs. Wazzu 62.5 (+16%) 19.0

Those scores are generally quite good!  Pass defense is the obvious outlier as Sefo Liufau set a new career high for yards and touchdowns, both smashing the career highs he set against Cal last year.  I wish our defense would stop being so kind to opposing QBs...

For the fourth consecutive week Jared Goff and the pass offense earned the higher marks.  But only a .841 for his 450+ yards and 7 TDs?  What does he need to do to impress you people?!  Actually, I don't blame you.  He looked off and underthrew several passes that he would usually make.  And that interception was horrific.  I'm glad that we're in a position where an incredible performance like that is not even close to Goff's ceiling.

Rush offense, rush defense, special teams, coaching, and overall all received solid scores.  Special teams is a funny category for these grades.  It's easy to justify low grades for special teams: poor kickoff/punt coverage, missed field goals, botched onside kicks.  Finding reasons to reward the special teams effort is tougher.  It's rarely a category that earns more than .75.

Finally, our predictions of a Cal win over the Cougs has grown by 16% to 62.5%.  I gave the Bears a 55% chance of winning, but I submitted my report card before Wazzu's comeback against Utah.  Now I'd drop it back down to about .45.  With our defense, I'm having a hard time being confident in a win.  I wouldn't be surprised if it happens, but I would not necessarily bet on it.  And on that somber note, let's hand out some awards!

Awards

In previous iterations I had been handing out the awards to the pessimists first.  Since we won, I think it's more appropriate to recognize the optimists first.

Sonny Delight

Name Grade
1. SUNSHINEPUMPER 7.00 (100.0%)
2. prd74 6.60 (94.3%)
3. NegativeOskitheSkyisFalling 6.25 (89.3%)
4. BTown85 5.75 (82.1%)
5. Tezcalipoca 5.71 (81.6%)

SUNSHINEPUMPER leads the way with perfect scores across the board.  prd74 returns to the Delighted crowd and BTown58 and Texcalipoca earn their second consecutive Sonny Delight awards.  I'm not sure why NegativeOskitheSkyisFalling felt so great about the game...

Sonny Yikes

Name Grade
1. UnBearable 2.45 (35.0%)
2. Sacman701 3.30 (47.1%)
3. mitchgobears 3.40 (48.6%)
4. Mallrat92204 3.45 (49.3%)
5. GERBEAR* 3.47 (49.6%)

Now we have the most pessimistic among us.  For the first time all year puresilence is not among the pessimists.  Instead we have UnBearable leading the way followed by Sacman701.  mitchgobears earns the award for the second consecutive weeks and is followed by Mallrat92204.  Finally we have GERBEAR whose name had to be shortened or else it would break the table.  In fact the name is so long that I'm handing out our first Editor's Choice Award of the year!

Editor's Choice Award:  Tolstoy Award for Excellence in Loquaciousness

This award goes to the individual who put this in the "name" field.

#GERBEAR REPORTING: IF WE ARE GOING TO ENJOY SOME MORE OF TODAY'S GOOD STUFF I MIGHT LIVE A LITTLE LONGER. IN ORDER TO  ACHIEVE TODAY'S HAPPY RESULTS IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THE DEFENSIVE LINE MUST CONTINUIE TO IMPROVE WHILE THE DEFENSIVE BACKFILD NEEDS SIGNIFICANT RESTRUCTURING. I'M CONVINCED MR. DOZIER NEEDS TO FIND SOME OTHER FIELD FOR HIS EFFIRORTS WHICH WERE T\\OTALLY INEFFECTIVE IN EVERY PLAY. HE APPEARED AT LEAST THREE FEETAWAY WHILE GAURDING A RECEIVERS THROUGOUT THE GAME.

Yeah, it sounds like you enjoyed some of the "good stuff" today.

The Voice of Reason

Next we recognize those whose grades are closest to the community average.

Name Deviation
1. 1988goldenbear .035
2. koalaballa .062
3. I miss glasses ref .066
4. Mr. Unit 2 .069
5. Berkelium97 .074

Not content with last week's second-place finish, 1988goldenbear not only tops the Voice of Reason category but posts the lowest standard deviation we've seen this season.  Good job!  koalaballa is our runner up this week.  I miss glasses ref would ordinarily be disqualified because such a name is anything but reasonable, but I wholeheartedly agree this week.  That refereeing was atrocious.  At last glasses ref provided some entertainment value.  Mr. Unit 2 finishes fourth followed by a particularly handsome gentleman in fifth.

Now let's see what you all thought about the game with words instead of numbers.

Sam Fielder: Tons of comments about the coaching and the pass defense. Not nearly as much about the pass offense and special teams like I had expected, but I guess there isn't a ton you can say about those that isn't abundantly obvious. Thanks again to all the folks that took the time to fill out their report card and leave some comments for us and remember to include a handle if you want to see your thoughts here. Otherwise I'll just enjoy reading them to myself.

GameDay Experience

wifeisatroj: I was alternating between TV and radio. We played better when I was doing radio only, so I switched to that. It worked!

sup_doe_library: HEARTATTACK BEARS  exhausted from the ups, the downs, but ultimately the final score is all that matters. Gutsy win from the Bears, and gutsy performance from a defense that finally counter punched the buffs offense.

UnBearable: Great loud crowd effected Colorado's play.

HelloBowlesHall: First (rowdy) game on the alumni side (Sac State didn't count). The older lady next to me kept throwing me daggers and gesturing to me as she complained to her neighbor, but I enjoyed it tremendously. Decent noise from the alumni side, I was moderately impressed.

Takimoto: TwistNHook didn't punch me in the dick today, so that's always a win.

Joe Bandsman: The atmosphere was great as the game got on.  I was glad to see that Athletics had given the house mic over to the MicMen, it had a tremendous affect in getting people on the West and North ends of the field in synch with the East.  On top of that they did a great job of moving and motivating the students in Overtime to maximize the noise.  MicMen get 1.0! The student section saddened me though.  Less than a fifth was full by the time the Cal Band took the field to begin the game, and easily half of them left right after the card stunts (which were poorly executed again!).  I give the students a .5-- if those who remained hadn't done a great job, they'd be getting a 0 right now.  According to the radio we only had 35k at the game, I really hope people start turning out starting with UDub, otherwise Memorial won't be itself.

Lucky1715: i don't know how much more of this I can handle!

Mallrat92204: Good times with friends, all on the edge of our seats for the 4th quarter and overtime.

PRD74: This game is why I go to Memorial Stadium and why I love Cal football. Totally entertaining and my voice now sounds like Froggy of the Little Rascals. Rock'em. Sock 'em Robots, Baby! The Blue Bomber won!!

Goff was fantastic, but Lowe saved the game with that 4th down. GO BEARS!!!: Thank goodness Mike Lowe stopped Colorado from winning the game.

OldBear71: Tough on an old ticker. Cardiac problems may ensue follow much more of this!

Brooklyn Bear: Watched from my Cal bar in Brooklyn with weird crowd of grown-up Dave and Buster's fan-con event mulling around.

QQ for life: I wish more folks would have shown up to the game. Good game day experience. Weather was mild, what crowd that did show up were loud, players played their @$$ off. Good to win at home for a change!

GERBEAR REPORTING: IF WE ARE GOING TO ENJOY SOME MORE OF TODAY'S GOOD STUFF I MIGHT LIVE A LITTLE LONGER. IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE TODAY'S HAPPY RESULTS IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THE DEFENSIVE LINE MUST CONTINUIE TO IMPROVE WHILE THE DEFENSIVE BACKFILD NEEDS SIGNIFICANT RESTRUCTURING. I'M CONVINCED MR. DOZIER NEEDS TO FIND SOME OTHER FIELD FOR HIS EFFIRORTS WHICH WERE T\OTALLY INEFFECTIVE IN EVERY PLAY. HE APPEARED AT LEAST THREE FEETAWAY WHILE GAURDING A RECEIVERS THROUGOUT THE GAME.: WHEN A TEAM CAN STAND OFF THEIR OPPONANTS FOR FOUR DOWNS AT THE GOAL LINE......................THEY DEFINATELY DESERVE TO WIN. I NEVER FELT SUCH EXUBERANCE WATCHING A CAL GAME FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS.

1988goldenbear: Beautiful day at CMS - took my 6-year old to his first Cal home game, met FiatLux, made it on time to my flight home - what more can you ask?

mitchgobears: How many AED's are there at Memorial Stadium? I'm just thinking ahead.

fuzzywuzzy: Even if I had hair on my head before, I sure as hell wouldn't have any now

minical: Nerve racking! Last weeks game was even more anxiety producing, but this week was gut wrenching as well. If games continue like this, I'm going to have to take xanax before the game.

Pass Offense

SUNSHINE PUMPER: NOT ENOUGH TOUCHDOWNS.

ididn’twatchthegame: Well done, considering that the announcers were saying that Goff wasn't at his best.

BlueandGold: Goff threw 7 tis which is great but looked a little shaky and some of these intermediate throws he's become so good on and that pick was flat out a terrible decision.

i miss glasses ref: I may be wrong, but I think we get very little production out of screen passes. I have no idea why that is.

BigDruid: Shouldn't complain about 449 yards and 7 TDs, but felt like Goff struggled in the first half against what was often man defense. Crawley for CU played awesome defense out on an island all day, so hat's off to them.

iwastherefortheplay: Goff was a little off on some of the mid to deep throws; a little short. If he has thrown them a little farther they would have been completions. We had guys open all day but for alot of the plays Goff had pressure. I think he also showed a tendency to stand in the pocket too long. We also had trouble picking up blitzes but I think when we run empty he has to get the ball out fast. Hard to nitpick when they get that many yards and TD's.

Pac12Lover: Clearly Dykes knows a heck of lot more than I do about a pass offense so I won't pretend to give him advice.

Rileyslaststand: There always will be one receiver open. In Goff we trust. Survived rts blocking

JoNohDoh: Goff's passing seemed to be a little off in the beginning with finger cut, but you can see him slowly stop thinking about it. From then on it was off to the races with multiple targets. Our WRs were on point with sticky hands.

Run Offense

camhand: Not good enough; Scoring is nice when it happens (once this game) but it's not enough to make up for too few total yards and not enough clock control

The Shockmaster: Run offense will always play second fiddle to the passing game, but Daniel Lasco and Khalfani Muhammad are starting to hit their stride in consistency.

Calbigdaddy: Good

dbromon: Nice to see the pack going in the right direction and backs not going down on first contact.

iwastherefortheplay: Looking good with Lasco. Runs "angry" and I think tacklers didn't want to see him coming at them by the second half. His 92 yard pass was essentially a run - nice quickness combined with some punishment on the defense. Mohammed doesn't seem to want to run inside much and keeps trying to bounce outside. Needs to trust his blocks more and probably needs to be more patient with the blocks. I think he is more effective on the wheel routes with a LB on him. It appears that our inside run plays are "known" by the defense (maybe a tendency?) since they stuff alot of them.

Calbears04: Lasco and Muhammed are starting to form a nice running duo.

Brooklyn Bear: Daniel Lasco remains tremendous. There's got to be a little wrinkle now and then when Goff runs the ball. It seems like he'd be able to run a few times per game and that would create some additional flexibility.

Pass Defense

chowder: Kaufman, please help our CBs with more help. If you have an excellent wide receiver eating up both CBs, please scheme some help their way.

OddOski: It's obvious Spruce is a hell of a player and Liufau was having a great game. But it was very reminiscent of that 4th quarter against 'Zona. It seemed that the Buffs could almost score at will. Kaufman and his boys have a lot of work to do.

Dasarte Yarnway: Why not shift a safety in Spruce's direction? Seems like he showed pretty early he could beat our corners one-on-one, wish we would've addressed that at some point....

JPC: Good lord. It was like watching 3rd graders against 6th graders.

Rocksanddirt: Whoo hoo tight end up the seam! In 35 years we have never covered that pattern well.

Great offense. Defense needs some work. : Nice interception which won the game, but needs improvement. Cal should have won last week's game- last touchdown should have been prevented by Cal's pass defense.

Mallrat92204: The same way 449 yards and 7 pass TDs looks pretty good for us, Colorado had those same numbers (although with 26 more attempts so much less efficient) which does not look good for us. This secondary will probably not be great this season, but they need to much get better much faster.  They made a similar mistake to last week in the 4th quarter of this week letting Bobo get behind them.

PRD74: I have nothing bad to say about our pass defense. The Buffs pass offense was simply incredible and we played just well enough to win. KABAM!

RoseBowlOski: I was upgraded to ESP seats. Like flying first class, I could definitely get used to it. It was a great day, but I was disappointed by the turnout, especially the student section. You show up for Sac State, but not the first conference game?

ironiCALly: Our ability to develop a pass defense, or continued lack of a pass defense, will define the rest of our season.

OldBear71: Uh, make the Pac-12 refs discontinue all halluncogenic compounds 48 hours before gametime.

CoachBear: Need to make changes NOW.

First, need to get more pressure on the QB

Second, need to get more pressure on the QB

Third, need to get more pressure on the QB

Fourth, mix in some zone coverages

Run Defense

RhetoriCal: I'm not sure yet if it's just that we're stout against the run or just so bad against the pass that no one runs against us. That final goal line stand made me happier than I've been in a long time, though.

KillingmeSofele: I gave it a 1, because of that last stand. Showed up on 4 downs when they had to. Forget about the CU play calling there. Cal D gutted one out. Good on ya, D.

@itsgoswami: Did Colorado run?

cleancutmedia: the run defense is surprisingly pretty solid. colorado never got anything going…

Napabear: Stopping four runs in a row on first and goal at the two? Talk about doing it when it counts!

Btown85: Stout! Nicely done....... That goal-line stand was a great gift to all us weary Cal fans. Thank you.

sacman701: 6.7 yards per attempt isn't terrible, but they need to be much more disruptive.

Mitchgobears: Nice goal line stand.

Special Teams

MJB: Langford got the kick when it counted. Punting (Cal's, not CU's) was excellent. Kickoffs were consistently good. Kick returns were decent.

Mr. Unit 2: Langford showed up at the end, not so great at the beginning. Our returners weren't spectacular or special, but at least workmanlike.

OskiDisciple: Game winning field goal made up for a sub par day by the special teams.

koalaballa: Good coverage, starting to become more confident in our field goal unit. Really carried the team on OT (obviously).

RoseBowlOski: Happy for Langford. Hopefully it will boost his confidence going forward.

justbear: We win with a FG, but Langford should have made the first FG attempt.

Coaching

HeyAlumniGo: Good 2nd half adjustment on offense. Started good on D at the beginning of the 3rd Q at least.

mrjpark: A few weird decisions, I think I would have preferred a Hail Mary to Lawler to end the game...but great job by the coaching staff to reel in the players after the first half and come out firing. It looks like our players are really loving the coaches and buying in.

bearlyfuncational: Offensive playcalling was again not a major concern, but defensive coaching seems to be spotty at best. Defensive coaching looks ineffective in the face of an actual organized offense.

puresilence: Good to see some strong second-half adjustments.

Nor-Cal Scott: Tony Franklin must read CGB and took note of my comment last week about everyone knowing that when Luke goes in at QB he was going to run the ball. Luke only subbed for Goff one time, tried to run, Buffs stuffed it for a loss, and we didn't see Luke in again.

Takimoto: I could never see soft zone coverage again for the rest of the year. I would rather see a dozen 80 yard touchdown passes because a DB got beat, than I would to see drive after drive of eight yard completed passes. It was like someone killing you by stabbing you with a fork a million times.

TearsofJoy: I question the mentality the Bears had entering the game because they looked completely unmotivated. However, a brilliant third quarter and improved second half salvaged a win against a bad team. We should have won by a lot more, but coming from behind to win a shootout in double overtime takes a ton of mental fortitude.

OaktownBears: Kaufman, please make some adjustments!  You can't continue to have man coverage if you're constantly getting beat!  What was that play on the last possession before the half...horrible!  I would have preferred the hail-mary (did you not learn from the AZ game. Also, see the uSC/OSU game!)

Overall Performance

sf-gigantes: The offense did a lot of things right, but made a few mistakes. The pass defense needs to improve now as we head into the tougher part of our schedule.

goff-uh-ninny: In 2 years, we could look back at this as a really big deal.

ABVidale: This is a team that does compete, and the offense is pretty good.  As for the defense, it's still a one-star performance.  They are trying...but 49 points in regulation???

gumibears: The Bears started with a deficit. They didn't wilt. They battled back. They drove it to OT. AND they won it in overtime. Great performances.

Jacobs.: All we need to do is build one coherent game based on all the good things we've seen. We can beat anyone... And lose to anyone.

cruzoid: 1) great pass offense

2) good pass defense

3) terrible pass defense

4) decent run defense

5) LOTS of iffy calls from the ref. lots of personal fouls on the QBS for touching them (but the refs eventually started calling them for both sides).

6) still need to find a way to cover the slant route.

7) need a way to cover WRs without getting PI calls. Dozier got burned a number of times.

8) Ultimately, Cal pulled out a win with a clutch performance at the end. When's the last time this has happened? When Colorado had the ball back with 2:56 left with the score tied, how many of you guys predicted that they'd methodically drive down the field and score the winning TD/FG? Instead Cal gets the TO (to get a TD and leave too much time on the clock....)

the townie: A win is a win but the defense remains a dumpster fire.

GoldenBoiler: it's a Pac12 win. After the collapse last week, I wasn't sure how the team would respond. Goff is outstanding and the first QB to really excite me since Longshore's injury, but I think he's better than Nate ever was. Good job by the coaches. Time to hit the recruits on the Defensive side of the ball hard and let them know there is tons of playing time to be had.

Minesweeper: Looking forward to our 78-76 3OT victory over the Cougs next week

dkcbears: Good to see us come back to win a game from behind. oh and WE WON!

YES!  A win and let's hope we can do it again next week too! GO BEARS!