Freshman WR Allen injures knee pregame
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Cal played Saturday's 20-13 win at Washington State without starting wide receiver Keenan Allen, who tweaked his right knee during pregame warm-ups. Coach Jeff Tedford said it's possibly a meniscus injury, and Allen will undergo testing when the team returns to Berkeley.
Tedford said Allen suffered the injury on his first pregame route. He remained on the sideline for the entire game with his knee wrapped.
Allen is Cal's second leading receiver with 32 catches for 379 yards and five touchdowns.
The Bears should know about the status of Allen's injury Monday. Cal hosts No. 1 Oregon on Saturday.
While the teams engaged in a scuffle late in the third quarter, Kendricks held his teammates back, imploring them to play smart while trying to inspire them at the same time. Then, when Tedford gathered the entire team together before the beginning of the fourth quarter for a short pep talk, Kendricks also spoke demonstratively.
"It was our last chance to win on the road. It was the fourth quarter, it was a close game and there was high intensity," said Kendricks, who had five tackles, including a sack. "Emotions were very high between both teams. There was a lot of tension."
Kendricks said Tedford asked the juniors and seniors to hold a meeting of upperclassmen during the week to ensure on-field leadership. Then, before the team boarded its bus for Martin Stadium on Saturday, running back Shane Vereen called the entire team together for some words.
"We found a couple vocal leaders today," Kendricks said. "Everything we did today, we did as a team."
"I just told the guys that it's going to be a nice plane ride home," Tedford said. "It's obviously something a lot of people have been talking about. This was our last road game so it was nice to get a victory today."
-- JONATHAN OKANES