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Golden Bears Defense Dominates, Takes Advantage of Colorado's Mistakes

Here is the California Golden Blogs official recap of the game, which focuses on how Colorado did themselves no favors in the 52-7 victory by Cal.

Colorado spent the rest of the game killing themselves with penalties and turnovers. Colorado’s most successful drive in the first half took them all the way to the two yard line—and then a chop block and a false start took them out of the red zone, leading to a missed field goal and effectively ended any hopes of a Buffaloes comeback. Colorado notched 9 penalties for 72 yards and shot themselves in the foot on one too many drives.

Because they’re masochists over there at Boulder, they proceeded to shoot themselves in the kneecap. The Buffaloes turned over the ball five times, leading to 31 points, 14 directly by the defense. Mychal Kendricks sacked Tyler Hansen as Colorado drove to midfield, then Jarred Price hit Hansen on the very next play and forced a fumble that Kendricks recovered. Cal got another short field and drove 31 yards in under three minutes, capping it off with Riley to Jones to make it 14-0. Bryant Nnabuife took advantage of heavy quarterback pressure to reel in a bad decision by Hansen to release the ball, setting up another short field and a quick field goal.

There was a pick six “whoa is this my ball? I’ll take this ball” for Michael Mohamed right before halftime to make it 31-0. Very late in the fourth, Robert Mullins stripped Ryan Deehan from behind and the ball landed right in Darian Hagan’s chest. Hagan then took the ball 81 yards to cap off the scoring. Although Cal won this game fairly handily, Colorado killed themselves with their own errors. It should’ve been a much closer margin if not for a few unlucky breaks and their own executions in mistake.

Before you knew it, it was 31-0 at halftime, making it the second game in the row the second half doubled for extended garbage time.