Beating Expectations

But what should be made of this incredible showing? I know I have never witnessed Cal holding an opponent to less than seven points in my four seasons watching Cal as a student here ─ the best was one touchdown allowed in 2015 against San Diego State. So I, like everyone, am trying to decipher how much of Friday night’s result was a product of a poor Cougars’ performance, and how much was Cal’s own doing.
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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 football depth chart features many new faces

The naming of a quarterback dominated the headlines after the release of Cal football’s depth chart Monday night, but there was plenty more to read into on both sides of the ball. Some moves simply confirmed decisions that were hinted at throughout the summer while others came as more full-blown
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Bears break out pads, run live action in 6th practice

“I think the whole defense didn’t practice at all last year,” said an onlooker in the stands at Cal football’s sixth practice. Many may share his sentiments, but Cal’s defense, now led by Tim DeRuyter, showed some promise on Saturday. Getting their first taste under the lights this fall camp, the Bears were hyped and energized to finally get their pads on and get down to business.
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