3:30 p.m. If it's possible to win a game and feel worse about yourselves, Cal may have done just that today against Southern Utah. Too many mistakes, and the Bears were pushed around too often. I expect a very angry, very disappointed Jeff Tedford in the post-game press conference.
Final score: Cal 50, Southern Utah 31
3:12 p.m. - This one is mercifully no longer in doubt, as Keenan Allen houses a punt return. Let the worrying for Ohio State officially commence.
Cal 44, Southern Utah 17
3:02 p.m. - The wheels have come off for Southern Utah, as Marc Anthony returns an interception 61 yards for a touchdown. Then, the Thunderbirds fumble, leading to a 47-yard Vincenzo D'Amato field goal that barely clears the upright.
Cal 37, Southern Utah 17
2:46 p.m. - Zach Maynard connects with Keenan Allen for a 19-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to restore some semblance of order.
Tight end Richard Rodgers, who had a big conversion on third down to extend the drive, was just taken back to the locker room. Not sure what prompted that.
Cal 27, Southern Utah 17
2:40 p.m. We're just about to start the fourth quarter, as the Bears are in the red zone looking to extent their three-point lead.
2:22 p.m. The Thunderbirds have sparked to life, driving 75 yards for a touchdown to start the second half. Quarterback Brad Sorensen completed all seven of his attempts on the drive, capped by a five-yard scoring toss.
Cal 20, Southern Utah 17
1:55 p.m. First-half stats of note:
Cal had 10 penalties for 96 yards. That and two turnovers are enough to wipe away a 353-83 total yardage advantage.
Zach Maynard is 12-of-17 for 173 yards and one interceptions. Isi Sofele has 92 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Chris Harper has six receptions for 86 yards.
1:48 p.m. - More Cal mistakes, specifically bad coverage on the kickoff and a pass interference on a Hail Mary, allow Southern Utah to score a touchdown to end the half.
Wide receiver Cameron Morgan out-jumped two Cal defensive backs and came down with a 37-yard Hail Mary from Brad Sorensen on an untimed down to end the first half.
Cal 20, Southern Utah 10
1:40 p.m. - Vincenzo D'Amato adds his second field goal of the half.
Cal 20, Southern Utah 3
1:21 p.m. - It took longer than expected, but Cal has finally blown this game open. Isi Sofele scores on a 13-yard run, and the Bears are up 17-3 with 5:22 left in the second quarter.
Cal 17, Southern Utah 3
1:12 p.m. - Cal finally takes the lead on the Thunderbirds, driving 94 yards in seven plays capped by C.J. Anderson's six-yard touchdown run.
Cal 10, Southern Utah 3
12:58 p.m. Zach Maynard misses a wide-open touchdown throw at the 1-yard line, and the boo birds come out for the Vincenzo D'Amato 18-yard field goal.
Cal 3, Southern Utah 3
Southern Utah and Cal are tied at 3 with 13:17 left in the first half.
12:47 p.m. - Disastrous first quarter for Cal. They had a touchdown called back by not one but two penalties, committed two turnovers, and had 50 yards worth of flags.
Southern Utah leads 3-0 on a 40-yard field goal by Colton Cook.
Southern Utah 3, Cal 0
11:30 a.m. - It's not a surprise, but right tackle Matt Summers-Gavin (MCL) is not dressed and won't play today. Bill Tyndall will get the start protecting Zach Maynard's blindside.
11:25 a.m. - After missing last week's game against Nevada, sophomore defensive end Mustafa Jalil is going through early warmups.
11:15 a.m. - Good morning from a decidedly-less energetic Memorial Stadium, where outside of two sections filled by high school marching bands, the place is largely empty.
Will that lack of buzz hurt Cal early? Unlikely, as the theme of the week has been "execution." Head coach Jeff Tedford wants his team to focus on themselves this week and simply play up to their capabilities.
Running backs Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson will be looking to improve their production, as Cal managed just 88 yards from its designated rushers against Nevada.
Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and covers the Pac-12 for Fox Sports/Scout.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.