September 16, 2007

Bears look to improve after win

For a team that notched its third consecutive 30-plus point scoring output, racking up over 440 yards of total offense and seeing its defense record the best game of the early season, Cal football coach Jeff Tedford wasn't nearly as pleased with the lofty performance as one might think. In fact, the two-time Pac-10 coach of the year was bluntly honest moments after the Bears' 42-12 win over Louisiana Tech.

"We were very undisciplined today," he said.

It might sound might nitpicky for a coach to be displeased with a 30-point victory, but Tedford was very specific with things he felt his team didn't handle very well on the field against the Bulldogs. Tedford's biggest concern after the contest was Cal's unusual penchant for picking up the yellow hankies.

"We had way too many penalties," Tedford said. "It wasn't like us to have that happen. We need to go back and talk about discipline and making sure we don't shoot ourselves in the foot because we had Colorado State (on the ropes) as well. We can't continue to have that happen."

For the game, the Bears' "earned" eight penalties on the day, which resulted in 65 yards of backward action. Tedford also seemed to be irked with Cal's passing game Saturday.

"We had some guys open today and we didn't hit some on the routes that we needed to hit," Tedford said.

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