Following their hard-fought road loss to Ohio State and two days into their game prep for another road contest at USC, Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, safety Josh Hill and linebacker Nick Forbes faced the Bay Area media in Cal's weekly press conference at Memorial Stadium.
Asked about what the Bears were able to take from their disappointing but highly-competetive loss to the Buckeyes, Tedford was clear that there were things to be gained from the experience but that a loss -however close it was- was not acceptable in the end.
"We can take a lot of things out of that game," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. "We did a lot of things well.
"The things that we need to improve on, I think we need to learn from the lessons we learned and improve on them.
"I was fired up about the improvement but obviously disappointed we didn't get the win. Our team showed a lot of heart and determination and perserverance and just came up a little bit short.
"SC poses another challenge -a little different challenge. Still a hostile environment.
"We'll face the same USC team we always face. They're always motivated and competitive. They'll be flying around like they do. They're athletic and physical at every position.
"I'm sure coming off a loss, they'll have resolve to make corrections and work hard in practice.
"I have no doubt in my mind we'll get their best effort."
For the fourth year in a row, the Trojans suffered a defeat at the hands of Stanford, this time getting physically-manhandled in the trenches -a surprise to many.
Do the Bears see any areas they could possibly exploit, looking at the game film?
"Stanford has a very good defense," said Tedford. "Playing them last year, they have very good schemes and they're very physical.
"That was the key to that game in my opinion -the ability to put pressure on Barkley and make him pull the ball down quite a bit.
"And because of Stanford's play on defense, it allowed them to be patient on offense and stick to their game plan."
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