BERKELEY -- After a 49-27 loss at Utah, coach Jeff Tedford kept his postgame remarks to a minimum and encouraged players to have their say in the locker room.
Senior defensive end Kendrick Payne said there was clear consensus: "Nobody's giving up."
At 3-6 and coming off back-to-back blowout defeats, the Bears need to win the final three games on their schedule to become bowl eligible, starting Friday night at home against Washington.
It's a long shot, with games to follow against No. 2 Oregon and at No. 13 Oregon State. More likely than a bowl bid is the Bears' worst season of the 11-year Jeff Tedford coaching era. And possibly the last.
But Payne said players agreed that dialogue isn't what's needed at this point.
"We're all still dedicated to each other until the last second ticks off that clock," he said. "That's all that needs to be said. No more talking after that -- let's just get back to work."
Defensive end Todd Barr said the team isn't merely playing out the schedule.
"We're really re-evaluating ourselves, looking at ourselves in the mirror and seeing what is it we're doing wrong as a whole team and trying to fix it before it gets out of hand and we're not bowl eligible," he said.
This is new territory for Tedford, who is Cal's all-time winningest coach and suffered just one losing season in his first 10.
He said he's never questioned his players' effort or dedication. Their ability to deliver
"There are different things each week. It's definitely frustrating," said Tedford, whose squad gave Utah 35 points Saturday on three touchdowns following turnovers and two more on 100-yard kickoff returns.
Practice Tuesday was "very lively ... very energetic," Tedford said. "Guys had great attitudes."
"I don't think that's a true indication necessarily of who they are on the road," Tedford said, "but a result of who they played on the road."
Cal will provide free shuttle service from the Rockridge and Downtown Berkeley BART stations and the Berkeley Amtrak station. ESP season-ticket holders are guaranteed free parking spots at Golden Gate Fields, also with a shuttle bus to and from Memorial Stadium.
For complete details on Friday's parking options, go to www.calbears.com.
Washington (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12) at Cal (3-6, 2-4), 6 p.m. ESPN2