Despite having RB Jahvid Best on the sideline rather than running circles around people, Cal managed to pull off their first upset of the season by defeating #17 Arizona 24-16. The Bears were led by RB Shane Vereen, who rushed for 159 yards and 1 TD, and a staunch defense that kept the Pac-10's leading offense out of sync all night. QB Kevin Riley had another shaky game, as he threw two horrible INT's in the redzone and failed to put together a consistent passing attack all night. But thanks to K Gergio Tavecchio's 4 field goals and a weird penalty at the end of the game on Arizona QB Nick Foles, the Wildcats were defeated at Memorial Stadium on Senior Night.
In a season of up and downs, this win feels very satisfying. The Bears are notorious for losing close games and have rarely beaten a team ranked higher than them, but on Saturday night the seniors decided that they needed to salvage the season and stay in the mix for a top 4 finish in the Pac-10. Keeping the Arizona offense bottled up was impressive, as our defensive unit finally put together a dominating performance for the first time all season. Seniors Syd'Quan Thompson, Tyson Alualu, Eddie Young, Devin Bishop, Marcus Ezeff, and Brett Johnson led the defense it it's last stand at Memorial Stadium. Nothing much really to play for down the stretch in terms of big picture goals, but pride, the Axe, and a decent bowl bid are still on the line.
Big Game week is here, and after Stanfurd's most recent upset of USC, these guys are for real. After trouncing Pac-10 powers Oregon and USC in consecutive weeks, the Cardinal have their best team in years led by QB Andrew Luck and darkhorse Heisman candidate RB Toby Gerhart. I'm really excited for this game, as recently there hasn't been much on the line in this matchup. This year though, we can rip the dreams of Stanfurd apart in their own stadium. Go Bears!