First touchdown a thrill for defensive end
Cal defensive end Trevor Guyton scored his first touchdown Saturday -- ever.
Guyton returned a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to give the Bears a 33-14 lead over Fresno State. Guyton said he had never scored a touchdown on any level before Saturday.
"I was just doing my job, and good things happen when you do your job," Guyton said. "It was the best feeling in the world."
Guyton was in the right place at the right time when freshman Cecil Whiteside pressured Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and popped the ball out of his hands. It bounced right up to Guyton, who easily raced into the end zone for the score.
Whiteside was making his college debut and said it was just his third play of the game. Linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson used him only on obvious passing downs.
"He just wanted me to get after the quarterback," Whiteside said. "The quarterback clutched, and I knocked it out. I just did what I could, and obviously it was a great play."
Kendricks was especially excited for the season-opener because he hails from Fresno, and the Bulldogs didn't start pursuing him heavily until late in the recruiting process. After a talk with former Cal linebacker Zack Follett, Kendricks listened to soothing music before the game to help keep his emotions in check.
"I was actually surprisingly calm," said Kendricks, who had nine tackles, 2½ for loss. "Usually, I listen to some rock or hip-hop or something to get me amped up. But I changed up my routine, listened to Sade and some cool jazz."
-- Jonathan Okanes