The roles could have been reversed Saturday night.
Jeff Tedford stood outside of the locker room furious.
Mike Stoops talked the media with a smile on his face.
If it was not for Juron Criner it would have been reversed.
Had it been, Cal's defense would have been given all the credit.
"The defense played great," Jeff Tedford said. "They played their tails off. They pressured the passer. (Arizona) got one big play at the end of the game that set them up.
"You have to give them credit. They made the play, and we didn't."
Even after the game, Cal remained confident that it was the better team in Saturday night's game.
"I don't want to think about this game anymore, I just want to get back on the field; I wish we could play tomorrow," Chris Conte said. "I wish we could strap it back up and play Arizona again, because I know that if we played again, we'd beat them. We'd beat them nine times out of 10."
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast did not see much more that his squad could have done on Saturday.
"It's disappointing any time you lose, and we had an opportunity to make some plays there on that last drive, and we just didn't get it done," he said.
"I thought the guys played hard, they executed the plan, the things that we worked on all week, for the most part-without watching the tape-I thought that the guys were in the right spots."
However, that did not change the feeling of the game.
"To come back off of that Nevada loss, where, I know we were embarrassed, to show an effort like this, it's a great feeling, but to come short like that, man, it hurts, bad," said Conte.
"I've never been a part of a football game that hurts more than this game. Not in my life. Never. This is the worst I've ever felt after the game, by far."
Cal remains stunned
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