Post-Game Video: From Cal's 45-24 Loss to Oregon

Trace Travers, Publisher
Golden Bear Report

Cal head coach Justin Wilcox, quarterback Ross Bowers, linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk, and wide receiver Vic Wharton spoke to the media after the 45-24 loss to Oregon in Eugene last night.

On his thoughts about the game

“Really disappointing, thought we’d come in and play better than we did. You have to give Oregon credit, really talented team and they beat us in every phase tonight offense, defense, and special teams. We had some moments where we did some good things. The line of scrimmage and the run game on both sides of the ball was very telling. We can be better, and we’ve got to be better. It’ll take every individual, it starts with me making sure we are doing the right thing. Every coach and every player in our program. That starts now it’s unacceptable. It doesn’t mean I don’t care about our players, I love the guys, but we just didn’t play well tonight and Oregon beat us in every phase of the game.”

On injuries in the game

“You don’t want anybody to go down on any team. Unfortunately injuries happen in football. We were focused on what we needed to do to play better.”

On Cal’s run defense

“We were trying to put ourselves into position to play the run. The first down defense, when they are getting five, six, seven, eight yards, you’re playing behind the whole day and that’s when they are creating momentum. With nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter it’s third and four, they run an inside zone and we have the defense we want to be in and it goes for 70 yards. You can’t have that.”

On Oregon’s run game

“You have to give Oregon credit, they’re really talented, and they have really good speed. We missed a lot more tackles tonight, whether it was leverage or technique, and they’re fast so it’s going to take us being better and understanding all those things. Even defensively they are very fast, maybe the fastest team we play. There’s going to be a lot to learn from and I fully expect everyone to come in Monday and own it. That’s how it has to be.”

On preparing to face Oregon

“We looked at it like every other game. We prepared as hard as we could for the team we were playing. We didn’t play well, whether it’s Oregon, North Carolina, or Weber State I don’t think about it any differently.”

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