THREE AND OUT: Cal vs. BYU Preview

BERKELEY -- To wash down your Thanksgiving feast, we've got the perfect elixir -- a preview of Cal vs. BYU, with the Golden Bears having one final chance to make it to the postseason. PLUS, Austin Clark talks about his final home game.



Tuesday Presser Player Transcript: California DT Austin Clark
Tough to deal with Saturday: “I think, as a player, obviously, we’d love to be 11-0, right now, coming off the season we had, to have a chance to keep playing on the line. I wouldn’t have it any other way. As a player, to have a chance to play another game with winning, with that much on the line, there’s nothing wrong with that. I like it.”

Cal’s problem with slow starts: “I don’t know. Talking just about last game, what happened with Michael Lowe, any time you lose a guy that’s played a lot of games on the first play of the game, that’s rough. I don’t know. Things just haven’t really gone our way. Balls haven’t bounced our way sometimes.”

“Penalties have killed us probably every game we’ve played. I don’t know if you could point to one thing, specifically, but there’s definitely a big difference when we start off with a stop or when we start off with a score, as opposed to the way it’s gone the last couple games.”

How do you fix penalties: “Play smarter. For us, we are a pretty young team, and we don’t have a lot of seniors. We have a lot of guys that haven’t been put in that kind of situations, so it’s in film, correcting those – hey, don’t do this again, or be smart here, when you’re away from the ball. A lot of our penalties are bonehead plays we shouldn’t make, but it’s guys trying to play really hard, sometimes trying to do too much. Just learning from their mistakes. There’s not a whole lot you can do in practice, at this point, this late in the season, but it’s each guy realizing what they did, and trying to correct it. Coach Dykes alluded to it in our team meeting the other day – 12 penalties for over 113 yards, and you’re not going to win many games when you do that. Hopefully, we can fix that. If we don’t have any penalties, we’ll be in the lot better end of things.”

What has he seen from tape of BYU, their new QB, new RB: “They play hard. They run the spread offense. I think they’re probably similar to Arizona, in a lot of what they do. A lot of older guys. They play really hard. A pretty big O-line, except for the center. They’re really good at what they do, and they’ve won three games with the backup guys, so their system works pretty great. They’re going to be fired up to come in here, play in our stadium and try to ruin our senior day.”

Sonny Dykes’s only time mentioning bowl game is a way to come back this week and get them ready to work: “I think that was a great way to do it. This team we’re about to play, they beat the crap out of Texas. Whether or not they have their quarterback, they’re still a great team. It’s his way of making sure we realize that.”

“You know they’ve had that circled, that they’re going to do whatever they can to beat Cal .We know that, and we realize this is a must-win game.”

Senior night: “I’ve got a lot of family coming out. It’d be a good way to … I started my career with a bowl game, and it’d be good to get this win and end it with a bowl game. I don’t plan on ending my career on Saturday.”


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