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Cal vs. Utah: Golden Bears fall to Utes, 49-27

The Golden Bears dropped to 3-6 after a 49-27 loss to the Utes on Saturday night.

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Cal's loss to Utah should seal Tedford's fate

With a rebuilt stadium and a senior quarterback, expectations were high at Cal coming into 2012, or at least they should have been. But there was one thing hanging over the heads of Bears fans -- Jeff Tedford.

The Cal head coach led the program to a decade of relevancy and even had them on the verge of a Rose Bowl, but that success feels long ago now. The Bears have stumbled through the last few seasons and there were questions about whether Tedford had hit his ceiling in Berkeley. There were questions about whether he would still have a job after the season.

That answer appears to be no, especially after the Bears' 49-27 loss to Utah on Saturday. The scoreboard made the game look closer than it was as Cal was bullied and pummeled by Utah. Now, at 3-6 on the year, the Bears will have to win out to get bowl eligible, which is unlikely, and that should end Tedford's tenure in Berkeley. Even norcalnick from California Golden Blogs, who held out hope as long as possible, has conceded that Tedford is on his way out.

The simple matter is that it is hard to conceive of any scenario that results in Jeff Tedford coaching at Cal in 2013. It's over. There's no point in arguing about it. All the sturm und drang, all the angst . . . there's no need for it any more. Unfortunately, now we can move on to discussing the when and how, and who will be next*. And that's a bummer. I like talking about successful blocking schemes, and growth in young players. I don't like talking about buy-outs and assistant coach salaries and, really, anything that happens when our Bears aren't on the field.

It's a rough time in Berkeley and it looks like it will cost Tedford his job. After their sixth loss, and an ugly one at that, it is tough to argue that it isn't the right move.


Utes down Golden Bears, 49-27

Utah's run game, on offense and special teams, was just too much for Cal to handle. Despite a late game comeback attempt by the Bears, the Utes received their first Pac-12 victory on the season.


Utah builds on lead over Cal, 42-13 after third

Utah has yet to win a game in the Pac-12; Cal is looking like it could be the first victim. After three quarters of play, the Utes' lead continues to grow over the Golden Bears, 42-13.

Trailing 28-6 at halftime, Cal allowed for Utah's run game to dominate throughout the third quarter, just as they had in the first and second. The Utes' John White rushed for two touchdowns to widen the scoring gap to 42-6. With no time left in the quarter, Cal would finally answer Utah with a Brendan Bigelow rush for 57 yards and the touchdown. Bigelow's touchdown would be on his first carry of the night.

Cal quarterback Zach Maynard is 10-for-18 for 145 yards and 1 interception.

The Bears' defense has no answer for Utah's run game, as all four touchdowns by the Utes have come on the ground. The Bears D-corps have given up a total of 170 rushing yards after three quarters.


Cal down 14-3 to Utah in early struggle

The California Golden Bears trail the Utah Utes, 14-3, after one quarter of play in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.

With yards scarce, the difference in the game has been in defense and special teams, especially for Utah. Utes wide receiver Reggie Dunn returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, patiently weaving through traffic before bursting down the field for a 7-3 lead.

Then late in the quarter, Cal quarterback Zach Maynard hit Chris Harper on a short dump-off pass, but Harper was stripped and Utah's Reggie Topps returned the fumble 17 yards for a touchdown.

The Bears opened the game well, driving 43 yards on a balanced mix of three runs and three passes, but had to settle for a 49-yard field goal from Vincenzo D'Amato.

Neither team had reached 50 yards of total offense until late in the first quarter when Maynard connected with tight end Richard Rodgers for a 51-yard pass down the sideline. That play set up Cal in Utah's red zone when the quarter ended.

Maynard is 4-7 for 69 yards, while Isi Sofele leads the Bears in rushing with 34 yards on seven carries.

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