Saturday was another frustrating day for Sonny Dykes and his California Golden Bears. Coming off a strong performance against the Arizona Wildcats on Nov. 2, the Golden Bears gave up a whopping 62 points to the USC Trojans, surrendering two punt-return touchdowns to Nelson Aholor on top of having a blocked punt returned for a touchdown.
Although the loss drops Cal to a woeful 1-9 on the season, Dykes isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet. Acknowledging how the Golden Bears have only four seniors among the top 44 players on their depth chart, Dykes talked about the struggles he and the team have faced in 2013:
When I took this job, I knew it wasn’t going to be rainbows and puppy dogs.
Experienced, tough, grown men win games in the Pac-12. That’s not what we are right now. That’s who we’re going to be. We were forced to play a lot of young players before they were ready to play. It has been tough this year, but it is going to pay off. In a weird sort of way, the experience they have gotten this year and the hard luck will help our team respond faster. We are going to get this thing right. I don’t have a doubt in my mind (San Jose Mercury News).
The Golden Bears will have a chance to capture their first conference win of the year against the struggling Colorado Buffaloes next weekend. The Golden Bears will then close out the season with their rivalry game against the Stanford Cardinal on Nov. 23.
[Source: San Jose Mercury News]