The fight for number one is now over, and another victim of the top seed spoof is the Bay Area's own California Bears.
â€¨â€¨The Bears were cut short of victory when an unexpected decision by the freshman QB Kevin Riley decided to go for the win by rushing to the end zone and not throw the ball away, leaving no time left for a last chance field goal which would have tied the game.
â€¨â€¨Going into this past Saturday, the number 2 ranked team in the nation was perceived as the favorable victor over the Organ State Beavers, despite the absence of first string QB Nate Longshore. The game looked to be promising, especially with this being the bears homecoming. The fans seemed to have better spirits than usual and the team looked to be more focused than when they played Oregon just two weeks ago. It was just a matter of how the focus would keep the Bears on top of the standings.
â€¨â€¨ It wasnâ€™t until this past Saturday the Bears had ever seemed to be under as much pressure as they were going into this weeks play. Most of the pressure arose around the team because of the number 2 title, which they had just received after USC lost in an upset to Stanford. The Bears players and fans welcomed the challenge and looked at this being the make or break point of their season, before facing USC and UCLA, two key match-ups.
â€¨â€¨At the start of the game the bears QB Kevin Riley seemed to be a bit anxious, and it showed early in the quarter as Riley only threw 3 for 6. It was not until the second quarter that Riley finally threw his first touchdown TD to Lavelle Hawkins. Apart from the ragged play from the offense that gave up 3 crucial turnovers, the defense also forgot to bring their â€œA gameâ€ and allowed the Beavers to produce a total of 339 yards, most of which came by air. Just as the game seemed to be coming to a close for the Bears, who trailed by 10 with a little over two minutes left. They later scored on Hawkins TD pass late in the game, reviving the fans and players hopes once again. The Bears would later comeback and make a huge defensive stand, which would keep them in the game, leaving one more shot at an overtime possibility. With the field goal team ready on the sideline the bears would attempt to get the ball closer with one more play. Just as the snap was taken Riley failed to find an open receiver and sought to win the game with his own feet, instead of throwing the ball away and allowing a last chance field goal. A feeling of disbelief filled the stadium, and gasp for air left every fan and player in shock. â€¨â€¨
It seems to have been a Valliant effort by the Bears to have made it this far this season. Though this game appears to have been the end to a promising season for the Bears, it is important that this season is finished strong. Just as other top seeded teams have fallen off the top so far, still means that the chance for a National Championship is still within reach for Californiaâ€™s Golden Bears.
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No.2 CAL's Shot at Number 1 Gone!
Copyright © 2010 robertanchor
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