It has been 357 days since our last win in football. It has been 693 days since Cal's last win over an FBS school. You can imagine that after a fairly strong performance in yesterday's win over Northwestern, Cal fans everywhere were a little excited. Just a bit.
WE WON! RYAN FIELD IS BEAR TERRITORY! GO BEARS!!!!! pic.twitter.com/jhkhGu4DTR— Cal Band (@CalBand) August 30, 2014
PALMS OF VICTORY. #LoudAndProud— Cal Mic Man (@CalMicMan) August 30, 2014
And the chant in the Cal section begins: You know it, you know the story...— Lindsay Gottlieb (@CalCoachG) August 30, 2014
The receiving line pic.twitter.com/4fl7nNSbif— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) August 30, 2014
The team took to song to properly express their excitement:
(Apparently Marvel movies are so big that post-credits scenes are things for football victory videos, too.)
After that initial burst of emotion, several members of our team took to social media to continue the celebration:
More singing in the locker room? Why not?!
D'aww... Sonny looks teary-eyed during the postgame on-field interview. Congrats @CALCoachDykes on the W!— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) August 30, 2014
FIGHT! FOR CALIFORNIA, FOR CALIFORNIA THROUGH AND THROUGH !!!! #Forever35— Myles Bunte (@BigBunts67) August 31, 2014
You work hard, you get the hard hat:
I LOVE MY SQUAD!!!!! #RIPTed I swear you were with us every second of that— Cameron Walker (@CameronBW3) August 30, 2014
1-0 CAL stand up!! Let's keep it goin #GOBEARS— Michael Barton (@michaelbarton08) August 30, 2014
And some other thoughts from other prominent members of the Cal community:
But seriously.... it might even prove to be GOOD that the Bears nearly blew it but didn't. They faced the beast & survived. #CALvsNU— Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) August 30, 2014
"Don't ever let them see you cry..."
Great photo OR THE GREATEST PHOTO! pic.twitter.com/Glx0Tkx71S— TwistNHook (@TwistNHook) August 31, 2014
"Looking forward to shaking that coach's hand after we beat them" http://t.co/uc0KMTyT9K— Joel Oskeen (@JoelOskeen) August 30, 2014
Cal's victory formation is even in shotgun. I think I've seen that zero times.— John Breech (@johnbreech) August 30, 2014
Don't ever criticize the Daily Cal or they get angry. Personally, I LOVE being wrong when it comes to expecting Cal losses. Guess some people think personal pride or a future as a crystal ball is more important than that.
It only took a solid 10.5 months, but my daughter FINALLY witnessed her first @CalFootball victory! GO BEARS!— TwistNHook (@TwistNHook) August 30, 2014
Pat Fitzgerald face of defeat is my new favorite Vine. https://t.co/xF6RlpoSWY— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) August 30, 2014
The Bears also spoke a bit more formally about their play and the big win.
On their motivation and mission despite being up big at one point in the game:
"We knew adversity was going to come, and we were up 31-7, and sure enough, it came," says @JaredGoff16 . "Defense picked us up."— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) August 30, 2014
On LB Jalen Jefferson's game-saving interception:
Jalen Jefferson on the INT: Breaks like that didn't happen last year. Just looked up and there was the ball.— Kevin Gemmell (@Kevin_Gemmell) August 30, 2014
Goff on Jefferson: "I just told him I loved him." #CalFamily— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) August 30, 2014
Helmet sticker for Jalen Jefferson?— ESPN Pac-12 (@ESPN_Pac12blog) August 30, 2014
"Before the interception, I patted the #Ted35 patch on my chest. Ted won that game for us." -- Jalen Jefferson— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) August 30, 2014
And some general thoughts:
Cal quarterback Jared Goff talks about the Bears' win at Northwestern. http://t.co/eT7z09JPzG— Jeff Faraudo (@JeffFaraudo) August 30, 2014
If you aren't a fan of social media, we've got a bit of a more formal wrap-up for you, complete with quotes and stats.
What these players will remember about the program's first win over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent in 686 days was the atmosphere in the locker room afterward.
"Haywire, hectic," said quarterback Jared Goff, who threw three first-half touchdown passes. "We did the Bear Territory chant about eight times. Sang the fight song."
Safety Stefan McClure said the team practiced singing the fight song after a mock game in fall camp. "But it's nothing like singing it when it's for real, when you just got a win."
Two of our key linebackers (Jefferson and Michael Barton) shared their experiences:
Northwestern had driven to the Cal 27 when Jefferson sacked Siemian for an 11-yard loss. On the next play, Barton tipped Siemian's pass into traffic and Jefferson intercepted.
"I gave him a lot of love after the game," Jefferson said of Barton. "We actually made a bet of, whoever got the first pick would get each other's per diem, so I get his per diem now."
When it was jokingly suggested that the friendly wager may constitute an NCAA violation, Cal deputy director of athletics Solly Fulp responded, "We'll self-report it."
To end things, let's just remember that's Fitz gonna Fitz.
Fitzgerald taking reporters 2 task 4 not reporting Rubenzer is laughable. If a reporter wrote on NW's game strategy, he'd have them banned.— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) August 31, 2014
And now onto the quick links! It's been awhile since Twist fired me from the GN, so let's hope I'm not too rusty...
- Interim AD Mike Williams accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Did they recycle the water? Was the water locally-sourced?
- Chatting with Kevin Grimes, our head coach for 15 years
- The no. 7 Bears were upset by no. 22 UNC...
- Omid Jalali is a pre-med and business double major (WHAT?), featured by the Pac-12 Networks for his STEM studies
- Previewing the Bears' season, which may rely on their ninth-ranked class of freshmen
- Maddy Kerr is grateful that the two-a-day practices are over and the season is here
- That excitement translated to a wins over SIU-Edwardsville and Winthrop to kick off the season
Women's Swimming and Diving
- Rachael Acker has been highlighted by the Pac-12 Network as a pre-med major as part of the pro-STEM initiative
Women's Water Polo
- Incoming freshmen led Team Canada to the championships of the FINA World Women's Youth Water Polo Championships
- A spotlight on DL Austin Clark
- Our secret weapon of Luke Rubenzer was incredibly effective, despite throwing his first interception since his season opener as a high school senior. Also of not, Jefferson had 16 (SIXTEEN) tackles.
- Don't let Rubenzer's play time fool you: Goff is our starting QB and has grown into that role as a leader
- A look at the maturation of CB Cameron Walker (and a bit on OL Steven Moore) over the past year