September 15, 2013
Recapping the 5 keys to Cal's game against Ohio State
On the heels of Cal's 52-34 defeat at the hands of the visiting No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes, GoldenBearReport looks back on our "5 Things To Watch For" to see what questions were answered, and how.
1. Miller Time?
Buckeyes opt for the smooth offensive stylings of Kenny G, don't miss a beat.
No Braxton Miller, no problem for Ohio State. Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton handled the starting quarterback duties and made the Golden Bear defense look more foolish than usual, throwing for 276 yards and four touchdowns while completing 65% of his passes. Guiton additionally channeled his inner Miller, rushing for 92 yards on 14 carries, including a backbreaking 33-yard scamper on 4th and short in the third quarter that led to Ohio State extending its lead to 38-20.
The Buckeye offense didn't skip a beat, and actually had their best performance of the season thus far: scoring more points (52) and establishing new season highs for both rushing (332) and passing (276) in a game. Plenty of credit goes to Guiton, but yet another horrendous defensive performance by Cal made things far too easy.
2. Can the Cal defense play a complete game?
Spotting the Buckeyes three touchdowns before six minutes of game time had passed ensured that this would be a rough day defensively for Cal. 31 points at the end of the half. 52 surrendered in the game; a number that could have been much higher had Ohio State not gone into a cruise control/run-heavy offense for the last quarter of the game.
608 total yards of offense for Ohio State, good enough for just under 7 yards per play. And once again, Cal defenders were frequently out of position and failed to make plays when they needed to. Ohio State used their speed and athleticism at the skill positions to create favorable matchups against the Cal defense, and exploited those matchups repeatedly.
The only thing I found mildly comforting was that...
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