With week 2 of the season finishing up let's take a look and see how our opponents fared. Beginning in order with:
Ole Miss 45, Tennessee-Martin 23
After giving up 431 passing yards to Weber State, it should be interesting to see how Cal’s secondary and defense overall will handle Ole Miss’s Shae Patterson who has thrown for 918 yards and 9 touchdowns this season.
USC 42, Stanford 24
Sam Darnold and the Trojan’s made it clear that they are deserving of the #6 spot in the rankings. Despite the game being somewhat close up until halftime, USC scored with under a minute left in the half and never looked back. A bright spot for Stanford however, was Bryce Love’s 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Oregon 42, Nebraska 35
Oregon’s 42 points were both an accomplishment and incredibly revealing. All 42 points came in the first half. Now, while that is impressive and worrisome as Cal fan’s, the fact that Nebraska was able to not allow another score the entire second half provides a glimmer of hope for us.
Washington 63, Montana 7
There isn’t much to say about this one. Washington dominated every aspect of the game and looks like a difficult matchup for nearly anyone. One highlight for the Huskies was Dante Pettis setting the new PAC 12 record for most punt returns for a touchdown, 8 total now.
Washington State 47, Boise State 44
A brutal, triple overtime game. Washington State was able to come back from a 31-10 deficit in the fourth quarter without starting QB Luke Falk. Instead, backup Tyler Hilinski was able to lead the Cougars to victory.
Arizona 16, Houston 19
Arizona plays a little QB roulette with Khalil Tate and Brandon Dawkins. Both struggled with turnovers as Tate threw an interception and Dawkins fumbled twice. It looks as though Arizona’s offensive struggles may provide Cal’s defense with some help when we face off in a few weeks.
Colorado 37, Texas State 37
The Buff’s defense is nasty. That’s all that really needs to be said about this one.
Oregon State 14, Minnesota 48
A tough loss for the Beavers as their defense forgot to show up this week. Minnesota controlled the ball for a whopping 38 minutes and 16 seconds of the game. With that kind of time of possession, it would be hard for just about anyone to put up more than 14 points.
UCLA 56, Hawaii 23
With the momentum carrying over from their historic comeback last week, UCLA showed dominance against Hawaii and broke into the AP top 25 this week. QB Josh Rosen has 820 passing yards, 9 touchdowns, and 0 turnovers so far this season. This weekend’s matchup against Ole Miss could be revealing of how Cal will be able to handle UCLA at the end of the season.