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Saturday, September 19, 2009
Cal extremely efficient on first scoring drive

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Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cal just put on a clinic in its first drive, immediately putting Minnesota back on its heels.

The key for the Bears was staying out of long-yardage situations. Cal faced two third downs on the nine-play, 80-yard march, but both were extremely manageable (two and three yards). Jeff Tedford ran a ton of formations at Minnesota and exploited the middle of the Gophers defense several times, including on Jahvid Best's 33-yard touchdown run.

Minnesota needs to shore up the middle and force Cal into third-and-long. Otherwise, it'll be a very long day for the Gophers.