Oct. 3, 2005
Good afternoon everyone. I want to recap our game from last week before talking about Cal. We had probably not as good a game as we anticipated last week coming off a bye week. Getting some things done over the bye week, we felt pretty good going into the game. Unfortunately we didn't have those things click, particularly in the first half of the game. We did respond in the second half, getting some things together both defensively and offensively. The good thing that we can build on from this particular game was the fact that this was the first situation we've been in where we were behind almost the whole game. We were down 17-7 in the fourth quarter, but we found a way to get ourselves back in the game and win the football game in the end. We had a great fourth quarter rally that you all know about. I thought our defense, in the last two series before Washington's Hail Mary series, played very good defense. We needed them to make some stops and they did that to get the ball back for our offense to give them some opportunities to put some points on the board. So we did rise up to the occasion given the circumstances. That is something we haven't done in the past and it is something that we are really going to build from.
Cal is going to be a tremendous challenge for us. They are very talented in all three phases of football. They are very good on offense. They are leading the conference in rushing right now. They have some good backs and their quarterback is playing very well. They have an experienced offensive line. Those things create a lot of continuity on their offense and momentum as they come into town here this week. Defensively, they are very active, very aggressive, and put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. It's difficult to run the ball against them. They also do some great things on pass coverage. And then on special teams they have been very sound and very solid. They are a top-10 team and they are playing like a top-10 team right now. So our challenge this week is to shore up our fundamentals and get ourselves back to playing the caliber of football that we're capable of playing. There will be no problem getting up for this particular game with both teams being undefeated. So there is a lot at stake for both programs going into our conference season.
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