Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Season wrap: California
By Kyle Bonagura
There's no sugar coating what happened in Berkeley. Sonny Dykes' first season in charge was an unmitigated disaster.
Zero wins against FBS competition, the nation's second-worst scoring defense and, perhaps more troubling for Cal fans, the Pac-12's worst scoring offense. The list goes on.
When Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour brought Dykes in from Louisiana Tech, where he guided the nation's top scoring offense, her pitch to the fan base centered on Dykes' exciting brand of football. There were flashes of what could be -- true freshman quarterback Jared Goff piled up big numbers -- but unless the defense makes a significant improvement it won't matter.
You can read our graded review of Cal here.
Offensive MVP: Goff. Among the single-season schools records the true freshman quarterback broke were passing yards (3,508) and passes completed (320). He set a school record with 504 yards passing against Washington State and was named honorable mention All-Pac-12.
Defensive MVP: DL Deandre Coleman. Coleman's selection as an honorable mention All-Pac-12 was the lone defensive honor given to a Bears defensive player. He led the team in tackles for loss (9) and ranked third in sacks (2.5).
Best moment: Season-opening touchdown drive against then-No. 22 Northwestern. Before a sellout crowd at Memorial Stadium the Dykes era couldn't have gotten off to a better start. The Bears marched 82 yards on 10 plays on the first series of the season and scored on a fake field goal.
Worst moment: Losing 44-22 at home to WSU on Oct. 5. After a 1-3 start including three wins against ranked teams, including Ohio State and Oregon, it still wasn't clear just how bad the Bears would be. Getting routed by WSU at home was the real sign of what was to come.