Cal Running Back Brandon Bigelow broke Twitter. After Cal’s 28 to 35 loss to Ohio St., Bigelow, who was the seventh highest Twitter Trend, fell off Twitter, then the entire social networking platform shut down. Who can blame the legions of football fans around the nation who took to Twitter to ask why, with 152 yards on just 3 carries at the time, Brandon Bigelow didn’t see the football more often? Something for Coach Tedford to answer.
Cal lost a game it should have won. The first problem was an inability to quickly adjust to an unexpected Ohio St. blitz package that featured a fifth defensive back in the first half. The second problem was running on 1st down for most of the first half. The third problem was not giving Brandon Bigelow the football more often. The fourth problem were a rash of poorly designed running plays where a running back gets a handoff when he should have got a pitch, thus causing him to be horribly behind his blockers and downed for a loss.
All of that added up to a bellyache of a game. What Cal did well was play. Cal Football has enough talent to play with anyone; the issue is getting the players in the right position to consistently win. Coach Tedford can do this, and should be happy that, at least, he’s discovered just what this Cal Football team is capable of.