Three days after their 31-24 upset defeat suffered at the hands of the University of Nevada on Saturday, Cal head coach Jeff Tedford and center Brian Schwenke addressed the media at Cal's weekly press conference at Memorial Stadium.
This was the†fourth time in the last†three seasons that the Bears faced the pistol offense and while the game was tightly-contested, it's a scheme the Bears obviously still have not mastered on defense.†
"Trying to cover all phases of their offense was difficult for us," said Tedford. "Really, where we got hurt in the end was 3rd down conversions with the pass.
"We stuck our nose in there on the run a little bit and they hit us with controlled passes. And they converted on some 3rd downs with their tight ends and the quarterback scrambled.
"I thought the guys played hard. It's just they made some plays in key situations. Their quarterback played great, I thought."
One of the biggest key plays in the game was a 40-yard keeper by Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo, where the Wolf Pack QB was able to run untouched into the Cal end zone."
"They cracked the guy who was responsible for the quarerback," said Tedford. "And the guy that was covering the the crack guy needs to come off and he came off late. That guy's really fast so we couldn't catch him.
"You have to always have someone responsible for the quarterback and Josh (Hill) was responsible for the quarterback and took the receiver down and cracked the guy responsible for him so the guy covering the crack man has to replace and he got caught inside a little bit on it. Then he didn't redirect fast enough and that guy outran us."
After such a tough loss, expecting
"It's definitely still in our heads," said Schwenke. "It's not like we're festering over it but we can't forget the loss.
"We do have to move past it but we know we have a ton more games this season and we have to go execute in those games.
"We didn't play the way we needed to play.
"Today in practice you could see guys working hard and working on those little things we need to do."
In their best seasons, the Bears' offensive line dominated defenses running between the tackles but in Saturday's loss, they relied more on their passing game and running outside, to decidedly mixed results.
"I don't call plays," said Schwenke. "I just run them. But being a center, I feel we do a good job of that and we definitely need to do more of that in games to come. I think that's something we can do a lot more of."
This was the first time the starting five had an opportunity to play in a game together and while the pass blocking was solid, it appeared that there's much room for improvement overall for the unit.
"For the first game of the season, I think it went pretty well," said Schwenke. "Normally the communication was good, though it didn't end up being a win so that's not what we want. But overall, we were pretty happy with how we played as a line. The protection was pretty solid but we need to get better."