Suspension, injury limit linebacker Kendricks

PASADENA -- While offensive woes were the main reason for Saturday's 31-14 loss to UCLA, Cal's defense surprisingly struggled to stop the Bruins running game.

Part of that, at least in the first half, might have been because of the absence of linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

Kendricks was suspended for the first quarter for violating team rules and didn't play much in the second quarter. He played with a cast on his left arm because of thumb surgery last week.

Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said the surgery limited Kendricks in practice. Robert Mullins started in his place.

"He's the leading tackler in the Pac-12 (actually third) so obviously that's going to have some effect," Pendergast said. "He didn't get the reps this week because of the surgery on his thumb. I'm sure that hurt us some."

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince rushed for a career-high 163 yards, much of the time keeping the ball and running around the edge. "We had a plan for him," Cal safety Sean Cattouse said. "We didn't execute a few times. A couple times, I was responsible for him, and he got away from me."

  • Cal coach Jeff Tedford didn't even attempt to put any kind of positive spin on Saturday's loss.

    "We took a step back today," he said. "I'm not going to bury my head in the sand. We didn't play as well as we need to play. We still have a lot of football left. We're 4-4. By no means are we going to fold the tent and say the season is over. That would be ridiculous. We're going to go back to work."

  • Cal's offense continually put the defense in tough situations by committing five turnovers, but defensive end Trevor Guyton said the defense is just as much to blame as the offense.

    "We have our own problems," he said. "They put 31 points on the board. It doesn't matter what the offense does. If we're letting them get into the end zone, that's on us."

  • Quarterback Zach Maynard passed for 199 yards, the first time this season he failed to reach the 200-yard mark.

  • Prince became the first UCLA quarterback to rush for over 100 yards since 1976.

  • UCLA safety Tevin McDonald became the fourth freshman in conference history to record three interceptions in a game.

    -- Jonathan Okanes