All right, the former name didn't go over very well. A couple of inquiries suggested why part of the name couldn't be changed from Green Tea to Blue and Gold Tea. For one, there isn't such a concoction. There is a Blue Tea company that makes household products that has nothing to do with California football. For another, Blue and Gold Tea and Oatmeal sounds even more ridiculous.
Now titles can't be taken lightly. After dishing out Fun With Numbers throughout basketball season, one compilation that received a lot of responses occurred after one edition was renamed Indigestion With Numbers. With all that in mind, Green Tea and Oatmeal as a feature name is being shelved. Thus we present....Bear Intelligence.
Yardage By Quarter
No real surprises here. Cal's low first-half yardage was due to several long first-half possessions by Illinois, limiting the Bears to 21 first-half plays and keeping them from establishing a rhythm. In the second half, Cal returned to form, gaining 290 yards and averaging 9.0 yards per play. The Golden Bears defense was considerably more effect after halftime, limiting the Illini to 126 yards and a 4.0 avg. However, most of Illinois' second-half yardage came on late plays of 52 and 23 yards.
|Yardage By Quarter|
Who woulda thought
Even though Lynch has missed what's amounted to half the season so far, this is still a strange looking chart. Not many people would have thought that Lynch would be the team's third leading rusher at this point in the year. During the past two seasons, one reason why the Cal rushing attack has been so strong has been the abilities of the team's second-string rusher. With Adimchinobe Echemandu leading the rushing attack in 2003, J.J. Arrington was the able backup. Last season, Marshawn Lynch backed up Arrington. This season, the backups are Justin Forsett and Marcus O'Keith. While they have big shoes to fill in taking over the Lynch/Arrington role during the past two years, few people would have expected this type of productivity after the first three games of the season.
While none of the Cal's first three opponents is likely to be playing in a bowl game any time soon, it shouldn't negate a third consecutive strong fourth quarter performance by Cal's rushing game. After three games, the Bears are averaging 11 yards per carry during the fourth quarter. Also consider the fact that in the Bears' first three games, Marshawn Lynch has had just one fourth quarter carry. Included in these merry totals are runs of 71, 51 and 18 by Marcus O'Keith and runs of 35, 33, and 29 by Justin Forsett.
|vs. Sacramento State||9||78||8.7||1|
Joe Ayoob's success percentage of 31.5% was on the low side, but his first half and second half were polar opposites (see the Dr. Ayoob and Mr. Joe chart below). Cal's success running the ball meant that they didn't have to pass the ball much in the fourth quarter, but Ayoob's 5-of-7 for 61 yard performance in the third quarter played a big part in turning the game around. Although Ayoob's success % was low, it's also important to note that he didn't make any major mistakes (i.e., interceptions or high-yardage sacks.). In the third quarter, he was sacked for two yards, putting the Bears at a manageable 2nd-and-12. Two plays later, he completed an 18-yard pass to give the Bears a first down. Illinois's Brasic's success percentage was low, due primarily to a lot of short yardage passes. In the first quarter, out of six third-down pass plays, he converted all six into first downs. During the final three quarters, he had 13 third-down pass plays, and managed just three first downs.
|Joe Ayoob, CAL||31.5%||19||6||19||124||6.5||17||8||47.1||121||5||1||0||1||-2||1||5|
|DeSean Jackson, CAL||0.0%||1||0||1||0||0.0||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||--||--||--||--|
|Tim Brasic, IL||26.2%||43||11||43||242||5.6||35||21||60.0||233||11||0||0||4||-19||4||28|
|Note: The Success Percentage attempts to measure a QB's effectiveness by looking at how often he achieves a successful result (a first down by passing or running or touchdown) out of all pass plays attempted. Current QB rating methodology does not include either sacks or scrambles - this rewards QBs taking sacks instead of throwing incompletions. In addition, QB rating formulas reward the eight-yard pass on 3rd-and-12 (i.e., it's a completion, it's not an interception, and there's an above average yardage gain). Anything over 40 is exceptional, 35 to 40 is very good, 30 to 35 is OK, and it's very rare that a team will win when a QB's success % is less than 30. Key: Succ.% - Touchdowns + First Downs/Total Plays, TP - pass attempts + sacks + scrambles, FD - first downs, TD - touchdowns, Yds - Yards, Avg - Average, Att. - Attempts, Comp. - Completions, Pct. - Completion %, Int - Interceptions, Pl. - Plays)|
Dr. Ayoob and Mr. Joe
Given all the changes in personnel that have taken place with Cal's offense, it's unrealistic for them to cruise to blowout-after-blowout this early in the season. Nevertheless, a slow start at the quarterback position caused Golden Bear fans more than a few anxious moments on Saturday. Ayoob had a difficult start on Saturday, causing some to wonder what it was about Memorial Stadium that was giving him the willies, but he rallied with a solid second half with completions of 26, 21, 18, 15 and 14 yards.
|Mr. Joe (1st half)||11.1%||9||1||9||22||2.5||9||1||11.1||22||1||0||0||--||--||--||--|
|Dr. Ayoob (2nd half)||50.0%||10||5||10||96||9.6||8||7||87.5||99||4||1||0||1||-5||1||2|
Starting Field Position
Although the Illini were moving up and down the field during the first half, poor starting field position meant that they were expending a lot of energy just getting to midfield. Out of their 11 possessions, their best starting field position was their 31, and that didn't take place until the fourth quarter. The Bears started two possessions in Illinois territory, one following a short punt, and another following a long punt return by Tim Mixon. The Bears also received significant a boost in the 2nd half with Mixon's punt return for a touchdown.
|1st half||2nd half||Total|
Checking in on the running backs
Reggie Bush had an outstanding game against Arkansas with a 76-yard touchdown run and 29-yard touchdown catch, accounting for a total of 213 yards between running, receiving and returns. USC couldn't be accused of stat-padding in Bush's case, the Trojans led the Razorbacks 42-10 at halftime and Bush had just two carries early in the second half. Adrian Peterson's Heisman hopes took a big hit on Saturday. After being benched a robust four plays for dubious class attendance, he wasn't much of a factor against UCLA. Last season, in Oklahoma's biggest games, Peterson came through with his strongest performances of the season. With the Sooner Schooner taking on water and not a bucket to be found, Oklahoma faces an uphill battle to make postseason play. Both Lynch and Hart missed Saturday games with injuries, but with lots of big games coming up there will be ample chance for them to pick up ground.
|Lynch, Cal - DNP||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Hart, Michigan - DNP||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Key - Att.-Carries; Yds. - Yards; Avg. - Average; TD - rushing touchdowns; FD - rushing first downs, FL - fumbles lost, >28 - yards gained after the team was up by 28 points or more; Oyds - yards gained through receiving/returns; OTDS - touchdowns gained through receiving/returns|
After having three holding penalties called on them against Washington, the Bears had zero holds called against them against Illinois. Some of this might have to do with the refereeing crew. In the Cal-Washington game, seven holding calls were made out of 131 plays. But the Cal-Illinois game featured just one holding call out of 131 plays.
Cal's defensive unit which came into game averaging two penalties a game had five on Saturday - two offsides calls, one pass interference call, one face mask, and one personal foul call. The offense had just two penalties, both of them uncharacteristic delay of game penalties.
Illinois had four penalties on offense; one holding call, one offsides, one false start, and one illegal procedure call.
Although the Bears attempted just 18 passes, Ayoob and Jackson attempted passes to eight different receivers. Overall the Bears were 4-of-7 for 69 yards to the running backs, 3-of-7 for 37 yards to the wide receivers, and 1-of-4 for 15 yards to the tight ends.
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Seattle Times #4 O'Dea defeated Seattle Times #8 Lynden 31-6. Brandon Jones ran 7 times for 53 yards before having to leave the game with a sprained left knee....Buchanan (Justin Prueitt) put up 496 yards in beating Redwood High, 34-21. Senior running back Jon Fox ran for 247 yards and three touchdowns...Manteca, who appeared to have a few players in attendance at the Cal-Illinois game, defeated Modesto (Levirt Griffin) 21-13....Kevin Riley accounted for seven touchdowns; five passing and two running, as Beaverton defeated Liberty 62-7...Mission Hills defeated Westview (Daniel Lofton) 37-7...Monte Vista (Mike Costanzo) ran for 327 yards and had 544 yards in total offense as they defeated Merrill West-Tracy 40-13...Isaac Leatiota had two sacks as Wilcox defeated San Benito 27-19. Also noteworty is that San Benito's team nickname is the Haybalers...Crenshaw (R.J. Garrett) lost a 37-35 triple overtime game to Dominguez, one week after a 35-34 loss to Taft.
Receiver prospect Anthony McCoy had a career game in leading Bullard to a 29-24 win over Clovis. After sitting out the first game of the season with an injury, he had no residual effects as he had eight catches for 133 yards and a a touchdown, threw a 75-yard touchdown pass and had five sacks. On Clovis's final possession with the game hanging in the balance, McCoy had three sacks on consecutive plays...Tracy Slocum ran 20 times for 204 yards as Clovis East beat East Anchorage, that's right, from Alaska, 34-14...Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright each scored four touchdowns as Colton pounded Paso Robles 64-28. Colton overcame 195 yards in first-half penalties...Stanley Havili ran for 104 yards as Cottonwood defeated Murray 40-10...Louis Arnold overcame leg cramps to score the game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds left as Bishop O'Dowd beat Tennyson 35-28 in a Saturday game. Arnold ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns while A.J. Simmons caught a touchdown pass. O'Dowd's Nate Thadani had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass.
National #17 Bellevue defeated national #3 Long Beach Poly 30-16, using its Wing T offense to run for 315 yards. Bellevue's Steve Schilling caused Poly all sorts of problems on offense and defense...Stafon Johnson carried the ball 26 times for 205 yards after starting the game as quarterback, but that wasn't enough as L.A. Times #15 Dorsey lost 27-21 to L.A. Times #5 Santa Margarita. Santa Margarita junior Ryan Maxwell eclipsed Johnson by scoring three touchdowns; on an 88-yard punt return, a 60-yard pass reception, and a 21-yard run....Although Devin Ross didn't make the game story, Rancho Cucamonga easily defeated Santiago 33-16...McClymonds's defense limited Granada QB to 6-of-21 passing for 62 yards and three interceptions in a 34-6 win...Greg Davis had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown as Blue Ridge defeated Hampton Roads 68-0. The Barons led 49-0 after the first quarter....Taft defeated Carson 44-6 as Jamere Holland scored three touchdowns.
Agoura's Eric Wells, a junior who's just made the change from linebacker to defensive end, had four sacks as Agoura defeated Camarillo 22-7. Although theVentura County Star story says that Wells changed to both defensive end and defensive back, we'll go with the former. Recently transfered quarterback Samson Szakacsy played well in defeat, going 17-of-25 for 209 yards...Junior running back Marc Tyler ran 10 times for 181 yards in Oaks Christian's 48-7 win over Grace Brethren....Loyola defeated Venice 28-13. This story is odd as far as game stories go, and talks more about Loyola's new offense than particulars about the game...Mission Viejo crunched Mater Dei 48-7. Although no team stats were found in the story, it seems like the Diablos amassed around 600 yards which is a staggering total for a high school game....CCSF trounced Fresno City College 40-0 as Larry Grant returned a blocked punt 47 yards for a touchdown and had two interceptions and Maurice Purify caught a 13-yard touchdown pass...Headed into that game, Fresno WR Roger Brunswick had 10 catches for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Games of interest...The Fox Sports West/Fox College Sports game of the week is Westlake vs. Hart, which will be a chance to see Tyler Lyon, one of the West Coast's better quarterbacks. The game will be televised at 7 p.m. Although if the TV crew was misdirected and ended up going to Crenshaw/Colton game, there wouldn't be too many objections...An outstanding resource for people who want schedule and score information is calpreps.com. All games are scheduled for this Friday unless otherwise noted.
Involving Cal commits:
Buchanan (Justin Prueitt) vs. Clovis, 7 p.m.
Crenshaw (R.J. Garrett) vs. Colton, 7 p.m.
Dorsey (Keith Browner) vs. Fairfax, 7 p.m. at Rancho Cienega Park
Monte Vista (Mike Costanzo) vs. Berkeley, 7 p.m.
O'Dea (Brandon Jones) vs. Chief Sealth, 7 p.m. at Southwest Athletic Complex
Beaverton (Kevin Riley) vs. Jesuit, 7:30 p.m.
Modesto (Levirt Griffin) at Modesto, 7:30 p.m.
Westview (Daniel Lofton) vs. Mission Hills, 7:30 p.m.
Other games of interest:
Mission Viejo at. Marina, 7:30 p.m. (Thursday)
Bishop O'Dowd at San Leandro, 7 p.m
Cottonwood vs. Cyprus, 7 p.m..
McClymonds at Jefferson (Daly City), 7 p.m.
Oaks Christian at Burbank, 7 p.m.
Bellevue at Mercer Island, 7:30 p.m.
CCSF at West Hills, 1 p.m.
Long Beach Poly at Mira Mesa, 7:30 p.m. (Saturday)
For those travelling to the Cal-UCLA game on October 8th who want to take in a game on the 7th, there are several options. Dorsey will be playing Birmingham at Rancho Cienega Park at 7 p.m., Colton is playing at Yucaipa at 7:30 p.m., and Long Beach Poly is playing at Long Beach Milliken at 7:30 p.m. If you want to see if the buzz about Jimmy Clausen is for real, Santa Paula is playing at Oaks Christian at 7:30 p.m. Those who want to travel to Orange County can watch De La Salle play Mission Viejo at 7:30 p.m. And if you're not leaving for the game until Saturday morning, you can go to Oakland to watch the McClymonds-Crenshaw game.
Pop culture tip: An afternoon at Memorial Stadium can be anywhere from a six-to-eight hour experience. As the Bears have gotten more popular, lines everywhere are longer and it just takes longer to move around. Bigger crowds also mean less legroom than a Southwest flight. But the reason we're all there is for the football, other than that you've got 57,000 people who can't get away from each other fast enough. The chance of watching something new and dramatic is why we put up with the person in front of us on the cell phone waving to somebody clear across the stadium, the person who feels the need to inform everyone within five yards of his opinion and apparently learned to talk from watching Seinfeld as well as the joy of paying $4 for a bottle of water. So after all of that and watching the Bears fighting their way to another well-earned victory, there's something nice about walking out of the north exit of the stadium, and passing by the Subway truck, where they're selling the last of their sandwiches for $2 each. They're all to-go, they're not designed for picky eaters, and sometimes you might not have anything to chose from either than tuna or the cold cut trio, maybe they're a little on the soggy side, and supplies are very limited. But there's no line, it's just outside the stadium, and it makes for a nice little snack while you're walking to your car.
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