Ismael Farooqui

Is Cal Football on its last down?

The Campus on a Hill

In 2009, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, Cal Football enjoyed a buoyant season, by the standards of recent memory. The team posted an 8-5 record, including a victory in the Big Game over Stanford. When USC came to town, California Memorial Stadium overflowed, with more than 70,000 fans
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Cal football loses to No. 5 USC at home, 30-20

No. 5 USC left Saturday’s Memorial Stadium matchup with Cal football with a two-possession, 30-20 win, but that’s admittedly a little misleading. The Trojans were far from embarrassing the Bears, who led in the second half and were tied in the fourth quarter. If it weren’t for some ugly turnovers,
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Cal vs. USC football shootaround

What will be the key to stopping Sam Darnold? Andrew Wild: They have to goad Darnold into turning the ball over. He hasn’t been stingy with turnovers this year, and the Bears have done a great job in that area. If they don’t force turnovers, then I don’t know that
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Cal, No. 5 USC battle to remain undefeated

Last week’s freshman cornerback duo of Camryn Bynum and Elijah Hicks was electric, looking like an utterly locked unit after some miscommunication in the first quarter. Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson seemed to be attempting to pick on Bynum, as most good quarterbacks would do to an inexperienced corner, but Bynum held up against every type of look, and was a huge part of Cal’s defensive shutout in the second half of its win.
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Costs of winning

You can’t say we weren’t warned. All week, Cal football head coach Justin Wilcox preached that Weber State was a well-coached team and that it would be another tough game to win. Offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin was similarly effusive about the Wildcats and their aggressive defense. It’s not like there
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