cal update

Life on the road remains very rocky for the Bears

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Cal coach Jeff Tedford is tiring of answering questions about the dramatic difference in the Bears' performance between home and road games. Saturday's 35-7 loss at Oregon State likely will make those questions more common.

The Bears fell to 0-4 on the road, with the last two being blowouts. Cal has been outscored 145-61 away from Memorial Stadium this season, including 83-21 in its last two against USC and the Beavers.

Tedford has dismissed claims that Cal isn't prepared to play well on the road. The Bears were sharp defensively in a 10-9 loss at Arizona on Sept. 25 and couldn't keep up offensively in a 52-31 loss to Nevada on Sept. 17 in a game that was competitive into the third quarter.

The Bears lost starting quarterback Kevin Riley to a potentially season-ending knee injury Saturday, but they were dominated in so many ways, it probably wouldn't have mattered.

"I don't know what to say about that," Tedford said. "I've said it over and over again. I see what everybody is thinking. I can't say that I blame the opinions about that. But again, our preparation going in was very focused and the kids were fired up and ready to go."

Indeed, the Bears seemed more demonstrative than usual during pregame warm-ups. But Cal couldn't have been more sloppy during the game. The Bears were penalized 12 times for 103 yards, had numerous blown assignments on defense and had to call timeout on the second play of the game because of confusion lining up.

"It's a little ridiculous," Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan said. "I feel like playing at home and going away shouldn't be an issue. At home, we have the crowd behind us. When we're away, we should feed off the crowd."

The Bears are 4-0 at home, outscoring opponents 189-34. Cal plays its final road game of the season Saturday at Washington State.

  • One of Cal's penalties was against Tedford, who argued extensively with an official after he felt an Oregon State player hit tailback Shane Vereen after he was out of bounds. Earlier, Cal safety Chris Conte was called for a late hit out of bounds on Beavers tailback Jacquizz Rodgers. Tedford was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    "I'm guilty. I was upset about a situation with the officiating," Tedford said. "It wasn't equal as far as that was concerned. I'm not saying all the calls were the officials' fault. They weren't. We were responsible for those. But I thought on that one, it was blatant."

  • Vereen was held without a catch for the first time in his career. He had caught a pass in 34 straight games, which was the longest active streak among Football Bowl Subdivision tailbacks.

    -- Jonathan Okanes