Dykes: We Wore Down

BERKELEY -- Cal head Coach Sonny Dykes says the Bears wore down in the second half against Arizona State.

BERKELEY -- California head coach Sonny Dykes says his Bears wore down in the second half against Arizona State on Saturday, and they won't get much relief this week against Utah.

"The second half the other night, we wore down a little bit," Dykes said. "We tried to play a lot of guys, we played a lot of plays. Arizona Stat really committed to running the ball, and we wore down a little bit. They made a few big plays, as well. We can play good defense if we don't give up big plays."

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1711382-go-premium-bearter...The Utes may not have top defensive linemen Kylie Fitts and Lowell Lotulelei, but they do have the Pac-12's third-best scoring defense (15.8 points per game), second-best defense in terms of yards given up (315.0 per game, compared to Arizona State's 499.0 ypg given up) and the most sacks of any team in the conference, with 17 -- four more than Washington.

Quarterback Davis Webb had another explanation for the 51-41 loss to the Sun Devils: "Our first down efficiency was terrible on Saturday," the grad transfer signal caller said. "That's why we lost the game."

"We just didn't do a very good job on first down efficiency," Dykes said. "When we ran the ball int he first half, we were getting five, six yards. In the second half, they creeped a backer in the box, and we didn't do a good job of controlling the linebacker by doing some things we could have done to get him out of the box and get it to where we weren't running into bad numbers."

Cal averaged 8.2 yards per first down on Saturday in the first half, but 2.25 yards per first down in the second. Utah is fourth in the league in allowing first downs, with an average of 16.2 per game, and Webb will have to contend with free safety Marcus Williams and cornerback Reginald Porter, each of whom have two interceptions to their name this season.

Defensive end Hunter Dimick leads the Pac-12 in tackles for loss (7.0), while senior defensive tackle Pasoni Tasini is third with 4.5, tied with Cal's Cameron Saffle. Junior Utah defensive tackle Filipo Mokofisi is 18th with 3.0, with two of them being sacks. That sack total ties him, again, with Saffle, and senior defensive end Pita Taumoepenu coming in sixth with 2.0 sacks. Dimick leads the conference with 5.0 sacks.

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