In what is becoming a familiar scene in the friendly confines of Edwards Stadium, California senior Samantha Witteman notched her second consecutive game-winning goal to lead the No. 23 Bears to a 1-0 win against No. 19 Santa Clara Thursday afternoon.
California dropped a difficult 1-0 decision at San Diego State at the SDSU Sports Deck in San Diego on Friday night.
Men's Water Polo
After spending the first six weeks of the 2015 season on the road, the No. 3-ranked Cal men's water polo team makes its home debut when it hosts No. 7 UC Irvine in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match today at noon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Swimming & Diving
A late afternoon meet that finished under the lights served as a good example of the Cal men's swimming team's versatility as the Bears continued their run of good early season form and defeated Utah 165-128 in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.
The Golden Bears look to maintain their status as the ‘Best in the West' with a return trip to conference foe and No. 12 Stanford this weekend. The action is set to begin at 12 p.m. Sunday. With a perfect 4-0 record in the America East, including wins over each of its West Division opponents, Cal sits atop the divisional standings entering the key matchup.
Cal junior wide receiver Kenny Lawler has been added to the 2015 Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the first time in his career the Tallahasse Quarterback Club Foundation announced.
Cal head coach Sonny Dykes was named to the mid-season watch list for the Dodd Trophy announced Friday by officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
National Football League
San Diego Chargers third-year wide receiver Keenan Allen has flashed his rookie form throughout the first five weeks of the 2015 regular season after being held to just 783 receiving yards last season. Thanks to an improved running game due to rookie Melvin Gordon‘s modest success behind an awful offensive line, Allen and the Chargers passing game have been able to move the ball, thus allowing the team's No. 1 receiver to average a whopping 88.8 receiving yards per game.
Allen has an opportunity to have another big week here in Week 6, because the stars are aligning for him to make some plays against the Green Bay Packers this week. The most difficult challenge for the Chargers will be stopping an excellent Packers pass rush that absolutely pulverized Nick Foles last week, as defensive ends Mike Daniels and Datone Jones completely ripped apart an overmatched St. Louis Rams offensive line.
Stop the presses! Last Sunday, the Packers' Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions, his first in Green Bay since December 2012. Granted, they were completely inconsequential, and at least the first was pretty much a freak accident — his pass deflected off a linebacker — but Rodgers accepted at least some of the blame for them all the same. Despite the embarrassment, his touchdown-to-interception ratio remains the stuff of legend. Now in his eighth year as a starter, he has 66 interceptions for his career, along with 262 touchdowns (counting the playoffs). Normally, I'm not impressed by such stats. As I wrote last year (and have defended on numerous occasions), I think that his incredibly low interception rate is in part the result of a potentially costly unwillingness to gamble — particularly in situations where his team is down multiple scores late. I haven't changed my mind.
But I don't think this quirk of Rodgers substantially diminishes his value. Or put another way, he is so valuable to begin with that even if he's slightly too risk-averse, it's largely irrelevant. Of course, Rogers is still relatively young (he'll turn 32 in December), and he hasn't had to deal with the ups and downs of a full career yet, either. But he's a huge outlier, even for a quarterback at this stage of his career. For example, here is how he has accumulated touchdowns relative to interceptions game by game for his career, compared to every QB in NFL regular-season history since 1960: