California offensive lineman Chet Teofilo watches the clock during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
For the second straight week, Tedford’s Bears were seriously outcoached and seriously embarrassed. This time it was the USC Trojans dominating
Combine that with last week’s 42-3 beatdown in
Tonight’s game started off well for Cal, as Kevin Riley led the offense down the field to set up a first and goal at the USC 6 yard line. But on third and goal, Riley tried to force a ball into tight coverage, and USC star safety Taylor Mays came up with a huge interception in the endzone.
The Trojans proceeded to reel off an 80-yard drive, capped by a spectacular 38-yard touchdown run by Joe McKnight, and
The sellout crowd of nearly 72,000 at Memorial Stadium was often frustrated by Tedford’s decisions throughout the game.
With USC leading 20-0, the Bears had a 2nd and 10 at the Trojans 21 yard line with 12 seconds left in the first half. Rather than taking one last shot at the endzone, Tedford elected to kick a field goal right then.
Early in the 4th quarter with USC now leading 23-0,
But once again Tedford sent out the field goal unit. This time D'Amato made the kick, cutting the Trojans’ lead back to 20 points...still three touchdowns.
Kevin Riley did not fare any better. The Bears quarterback completed just 15 out of 40 passes for 199 yards and an interception.
Will the Bears bounce back and have a respectable season or will the wheels completely fall off?
The answer might determine Jeff Tedford’s future.