Cal Football Falls 30-9 To USC, Doomed By Zach Maynard Turnovers

The California Golden Bears host the USC Trojans Thursday evening at AT&T Park in San Francisco on ESPN. QB Zach Maynard is banged up but will look to help the Bears snap their two-game losing streak in Pac-12 play. We'll provide injury news, odds and a recap of the game. For more on Cal football, check out California Golden Blogs.

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Marvin Jones Injury Update: Cal WR Playing With Torn Finger Ligaments

Apparently Marvin Jones has been playing with some significant injuries in one of the most important part of a wide receiver's body. Jones tweeted that he has torn finger ligaments for the past three weeks after the game, which you'd have to guess can hinder his ability to catch the football despite what Jones may argue to the contrary.

Jones has performed fairly well as Keenan Allen's partner-in-crime, hauling in 35 catches for 530 yards, and combined they're probably the most potent duo in the country. Jones and Allen have struggled with hanging onto the football at times, partly due to accuracy issues by Zach Maynard, partly due to their own mental errors, and it looks like Jones has an injury to fall back on when you lament his drops.

Don't expect this injury to significantly impact how much time Jones sees on the field.  He's been able to play at a high level with the injury, and he should continue to be one of the top two options even with the occasional drop.

For more on the state of Cal football, go to the California Golden Blogs.


Cal Vs. USC Score: Zach Maynard Turnovers The Difference In 30-9 Loss By Golden Bears

The California Golden Bears played the USC Trojans pretty strongly on the statsheet. Cal actually had as many first downs as USC (18), piled up more yards (329 to 313), and put up similar offensive stats all over the board. The Cal defense held Matt Barkley down to 195 passing yards, and the secondary guarded Robert Woods and the Trojan receiving corps pretty tightly.

But Zach Maynard kept on giving the ball back to USC.

Maynard threw three interceptions and nearly threw another several as he telegraphed his reads to Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen. Maynard also fumbled the ball once when he got blasted off the edge, and was responsible for another botched handoff with Michael Calvin that turned into another interception. USC needed to drive only 62 yards to put up 20 of their 30 points, and that was all USC needed to cruise to an easy Thursday night victory in AT&T Park.

Cal continues to show glimmers of their potential offensively. But Maynard's turnovers kept them from doing anything real important.

For more on the Cal-USC game, go to the California Golden Blogs to talk with Cal fans, or go to Conquest Chronicles to talk with USC fans.


Cal vs. USC: Turnovers Killing Bears, Trojans Lead 20-0 At Half

The California Golden Bears played one of their worst halves of the season against the USC Trojans and currently trail 20-0 as the third quarter gets underway.

Turnovers have plagued the Bears and their inability to slow down Matt Barkley has led to the big deficit. After two fumbles in the first quarter, quarterback Zach Maynard threw two interceptions, one of which came deep in their own territory. Cal has just thirty rushing yards on 18 attempts and the offensive line has not provided any protection for the backfield.

For USC, after a slow start to the game, Barkley threw two touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 39-yard completion to Marqise Lee. Brandon Carswell also hauled in a reception for a seven-yard touchdown in the final minutes of the half. Curtis McNeal has picked up the Trojans' running game and had recorded 53 yards on just seven carries.

Now on their first drive on the third quarter, USC is driving the ball down the field and is in the red zone. This game could be over in a hurry unless Cal's offense wakes up.


Cal vs. USC Score Update: Turnovers Hurting Bears Early, Trojans Lead 3-0

Sloppy play, poor execution and turnovers slowed the Cal Bears in the first quarter against the USC Trojans. In all honesty, the team should feel pretty fortunate to only trail by a field goal.

The only offense of the game came on that afore mentioned field goal. After stalling near red zone, place-kicker Andre Heidari nailed a 39-yard field goal with six minutes remaining in the quarter. Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley has had trouble with the California secondary and has completed eight passes for 72 yards. USC has just two rushing yards on seven attempts.

The Bears have been able to move the ball relatively well, but two fumbles have cost the team a chance to score early. Zach Maynard is 5-for-7 with 43 passing yards thus far. Isi Sofele is off to a strong start and has accumulated 32 rushing yards on just six caries.

Oh, and USC also ran this formation in the first quarter:


Fun stuff.

With 12 minutes remaining in the half, Cal is deep in their own territory.

For more on the Bears, check out California Golden Blogs. If you want USC coverage, Conquest Chronicles is the place to go.


Cal Vs. USC: Schedule, Kickoff Time, TV, Radio And Online Stream

The California Golden Bears try to avoid an 0-3 start in Pac-12 by trying to finally beat the USC Trojans in Pac-12 play. But it won't be easy for them to slow down one of the most potent offenses in the country. Can Cal keep up?

Here is all the pertinent info you need to know for the Thursday night matchup.

Kickoff: 9:02 PM EDT/ 6:02 PM PST

Venue: AT&T Park, San Francisco

Television Coverage: ESPN will be broadcasting the game. Rece Davis (play-by-play), Jesse Palmer (analyst), Craig James (analyst), Jenn Brown (sideline reporter). It is also available on ESPN 3D if you have a compatible TV.

Radio: Available locally in San Francisco and the Bay Area on KGO 810 AM, with Joe Starkey (pxp), Troy Taylor (analyst), and Todd McKim (sideline reporter). Affiliates include KFPT 790 AM/KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KMZT 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento). Also available on student radio on KALX 90.7 FM in Berkeley. SIrius/XM Channels 91 (Cal) & 85 (USC).

Internet/online stream: ESPN3 will stream the game online if you have the service. Click here for a list of cable/satellite companies that provide ESPN3 access.

Live Stats and Play-By-Play Info: Click here for Gametracker to track live play-by-play information and statistics.

Last Meeting: USC 48, California 14. Cal got pummeled on both sides of the ball, managing barely any offense and getting lit up by Matt Barkley and the USC offense for 42 first-half points.

For more on Cal football, head to the California Golden Blogs. For more on USC football, head to Conquest Chronicles.


Cal vs. USC, Injury Report: CB Marc Anthony Listed as Doubtful

The California Golden Bears are out to stop their two game losing streak this Thursday as they host the dangerous USC Trojans at AT&T Park, though will have a bit of a hole to fill in their secondary as cornerback Marc Anthony is listed as doubtful this week. 

Anthony's shoulder injury he suffered in Cal's loss up in Oregon last week has not been healing like the team had hoped, leading the coaching staff to downgrade him to doubtful. Coming into this Thursday's matchup the junior currently is sixth on the team with 16 tackles, likely to be replaced by freshman Stefan McClure if he can't go.

This injury comes at the same time that USC will likely be getting wide receivers Kyle Prater and Marqise Lee back from injury, meaning that Cal will have to make some defensive adjustments as they prepare for both of them likely to play. 

For more on Cal Football, head over to California Golden Blogs to get in on the action. 


Cal vs. USC: After Years Of Coaching, Jeff Tedford Has Changed His Philosophies

Jeff Tedford has been around the game of football for a long time. Most coaches with his resumé and experience are dead-set with their coaching philosophies and believe there is only one true way to do something. When Tedford and the Cal Bears face off against Lane Kiffin -- a former colleague of his when the two were at Fresno State -- and the USC Trojans, fans should expect two different styles of play calling.

As Gary Klein from the LA Times explains, despite once having similar strategies in terms of offensive play calling, Tedford and Kiffin have gone separate ways in recent years:

USC's head coach doubles as the Trojans' sole play-caller, an increasingly rare combination in major-college football. But Kiffin does not foresee passing off play-calling responsibilities.

"I kind of think I would get bored," he said. "I just don't know what you do all day if you don't do Xs and O's."

Kiffin will be on the sideline Thursday night, laminated play sheet in hand, matching wits with mentor Jeff Tedford when USC plays California in a Pacific 12 Conference game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

And as for Cal's head coach?

Tedford, like Kiffin, once called all the plays for his team. However, after the 2004 season he began delegating that responsibility.

Then came a 5-7 record in 2010, his first losing season in Berkeley, prompting Tedford to go back to being intimately involved in what he describes as a collaborative play-calling process.

"The problem is, I never really let it go," Tedford said in a phone interview. "Every third play I'd say, 'How about this?' It's never completely gone away."

Hey, old habits never go away, I suppose.

Now, Tedford said, three coaches share game-planning and play-calling.

"We call them as a staff," Tedford said. "There's so much familiarity there, I really feel good about the way it's going right now."

The Cal offense certainly looked strong against Oregon in the first half and the team will look to carry that momentum into this week's showdown against the Trojans. Their secondary has been torn apart by Arizona and Arizona State in recent weeks and that could happen once again if Tedford and his staff have the team prepared for the Pac-12 showdown.

For more on Cal football, check out California Golden Blogs.


Cal Vs. USC Odds: Golden Bears Underdogs By A Little Over A Field Goal

The Cal Golden Bears will play host to the USC Trojans on Thursday. USC is coming off of a bye week while the Golden Bears are coming off of back-to-back road losses. According to Odds Shark, Cal is a three-and-a-half point underdog in this game.

The line makes sense: Cal doesn't have a lot of positive momentum going into this game and USC has some fresh legs off of its bye week. If the Trojans catch fire with the Matt Barkley-Robert Woods tandem, Cal's secondary could be in for a long night.

Cal can put up some points too, but the team has struggled in recent weeks. Over the last two games, the Golden Bears have scored 19.0 points per game. Cal will need to get much closer to its 34.6 points-per-game season average to give themselves a shot at victory in this one.

The Trojans should have the edge to cover their three-and-a-half point spread, but Cal could play the role of spoiler with some loud fan noise and home field advantage. If the Golden Bears get off to a quick start on their home field, the Trojans may struggle to keep up and cover expectations.


Cal Vs. USC: Zach Maynard Suffered Thigh Contusion At Oregon, Should Play

Zach Maynard got banged up at Oregon, and he'll now try and lead the California Golden Bears to try to avoid falling deep into the cellar of the Pac-12 North when they take on the USC Trojans

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