California Golden Bears Win ANOTHER Football Game!
The California Golden Bears are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in 5 years after defeating the New Mexico State Aggies 34-13 on Saturday, September 7th.
The game was not as close as the score might indicate, as the Aggies' last-minute touchdown was their only trip to the end zone. (The Aggies actually had more offensive yards than the Bears but were just not able to score points.) Their pathetic attempt at a trick play - an onside kick to start the game - failed miserably and the Bears were off to a 7-0 start. The Bears have now scored 52 points in the 1st quarter of the first two games, and even more incredibly have scored on every single first quarter possession.
Coach Tedford was, in typical fashion, slightly critical of the victory:
"It was good to go through an experience like that, where the game was close through halftime and even in the third quarter. [Note - Cal led 17-3 at the half.] I thought our players played very hard. The defense did an excellent job of coming up with turnovers - recovering fumbles and forcing fumbles. We could have had a couple of more if we had just fallen on the ball. But I think they all wanted to be like Matt Nixon and they were all trying to score with them (the fumbles). I thought they did a nice job of keeping them (New Mexico State) out of the end zone. The defense stopped them when they had to and did a nice job of coming up with turnovers. I thought [Kyle Boller] was fairly sharp. There were a couple of times where he just threw the ball away. He made very good decisions. He ran the huddle and the offense efficiently and he threw the ball well most of the time. He had a couple get away from him, but I think Kyle's only going to get better"
The 24,692 fans in Memorial Stadium were chanting "Undefeated!" during the end of the game. It is not known if this was a prediction or a simple statement of a fact.
HO'TFAA Member Vic Rethy, when asked about the game, had this to say:
"Great. Just friggin' great. The turnovers, the 1st quarter scoring, Banta-Cain, the passing, the quarterback protection, the running...they did it all man! This is a Rose Bowl team! GO BEARS!"
Tim Hough, also at the game, was more subdued:
"They gave up 13 points. I still think they have some work to do. After all - it was just New Mexico State. Let's see how they do against the #15 Spartans."