Friday, September 27, 2013

Malachi's Sports 101

Sports Blogger Malachi
To the sports world at large, I am Malachi and this is Sports 101. I will be giving you the gossip, rumors, and information related to sports that you are dying to hear.

Cal's Defensive Woes

Poor defense and early mistakes placed the California Golden Bears' football team in hole that they couldn’t climb out of, losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-34.

Bears' secondary continue to struggle - SF Gate Photo
Facing Ohio State’s back up quarterback Kenny Guiton, who is known as a runner, Cal chose to test the young quarterback’s accuracy by playing off coverage. Their defensive scheme didn’t effect Guiton from throwing four touchdown passes, including a 90-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith, which is the longest touchdown pass in school history. He played in the absence of star quarterback Braxton Miller who was sideline with a strained MCL. Guiton completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards, and added 92 yards rushing.

Cal’s defense couldn’t stop the run, breaking outside containment occasionally, allowing Ohio State's running back Jordan Hall to rush for 168 yards and three touchdowns.

After the Bears started the game with bad snaps, a fumble an interception, and found themselves down 24-7 with 3:45 to go in the first quarter, they remained resilient and pulled themselves back into the game with a 31-20 halftime deficit. Cal’s up an coming freshman quarterback Jared Goff threw three touchdown passes and racked up 371 yards in total passing, just missing his third 400-yard game. Goff showed flashes but also showed his inexperience, missing open targets and throwing into double coverage. He threw a brilliant pass scrambling to his left and hit James Grisom for a touchdown and hit Chris Harper for a 42-yard touchdown later in the game.
The Bears’ defense has allowed at least 500 yards in every game this season.
“I don’t think we’re far off,” said Cal’s head coach Sunny Dykes . “We’re a very young football team…we just got to group up. We’ve got to improve.”
Dykes blame himself and his coaching staff for the loss. He said, “ That falls on us as coaches to coach better and bring our players along and put them in a good position to be successful.”

 Raiders' Defense Showed Up!
The Oakland Raiders’ defense dominated the field, limiting the Jacksonville Jaguars to just three field goals, as they went on to win quarterback Terrell Pryor's first game as a starter 19-9.

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The Raiders’ defense held Jacksonville without a first down for over two and a half quarters, sacking Jacksonville’s quarterback Chad Henne five times, two of the by safety Usama Young.

Running back Darren McFadden had a good game on the ground, rushing for 129 yards on 19 carries. Marcel Reese 11 yard touchdown run.

Pryor led the Raiders into position to make five field goals but kicker Sebastian Janikowski fell short on one, missing from 42 yards out. Pryor also added 50 yards rushing.

Seattle! The 49ers' House of Horror!

49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick struggled in Seattle
The San Francisco 49ers continues to struggle playing in Seattle against a physical team with the 12th man’s crowd noise, falling to the Seattle Seahawks 29-3. They could not establish the run and the pass against last year’s top scoring defense.

Anquan Boldin was limited to one catch for seven yards, mostly covered by Seahawks’ all pro cornerback Richard Sherman. Frank Gore couldn’t get anything going either rushing for only 16 yards. 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions and also had a fumble.To add insult to injury, they lost Ian Williams, Ray McDonald, Vernon Davis and Eric Read to injuries in the physical battle won by Seattle.

Kaepernick only completed 13 for 28 pass attempts for 127 yards and the offense only had 207 total yards.

The 49ers shot themselves in the foot, commiting12 penalties for 121 yards, five turnovers, and committed a safety.

Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t do much either but running back Marshawn Lynch ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

The 49ers will have another chance to beat Seattle in December and they will hopefully have wide receiver Michael Crabtree back to help change their fortunes against their rivals.

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