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Pounded by the pistol: Nevada racks up yards in 31-24 win over Cal

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Pounded by the pistol: Nevada racks up yards in 31-24 win over Cal

Nevada rolled up 450 yards of offense against the Cal defense. The Wolfpack had drives of nine, 12, 12, 14 and 16 plays. Linebacker Chris McCain attributed that dominance to a no huddle attack that kept the pace of play brisk.

They (Nevada) were moving fast, McCain said. They didnt huddle a lot. They were always looking to the sidelines.

In a timeout or whenever there was a timeout, they probably talked, Were going to do this play first and then the next play.' There was one time, they hiked the ball, and we were still looking at the sideline for a play.While the brisk pace may have been one problem for Cal, they admitted after the game a lack of discipline may have been a bigger problemespecially against a triple-option offense that depends heavily on shell-game style slight of hand.You have to stop the dive, and you have to stop the quarterback on the edge and you have to stop the pitch, Coach Jeff Tedford said.Tedford cited the 49-yard touchdown run by Wolfpack quarterback Cody Fajardo to end the first quarter as a glaring example of the hesitation and indecision the triple option can cause.What happened on that play, Tedford said is the guy responsible for the quarterback got undisciplined with his eyes and started getting into making another playwhich wasnt his responsibility.MAYNARD BENCHEDDid you hear? Maynards not starting! If I had a dollar for everytime I heard that phrase in the press box before game time, Id buy myself something fancy!Backup Allan Bridgford started in place of starter Zach Maynard against Nevada. Bridgford went 1-of-8 for 8 yards in his three series under center before giving way to Maynard. After the game, we learned the following about what happened here:--Coach Jeff Tedford said that he made the decision to bench Maynard for this game in June.--We did not find out for sure if Tedford informed Maynard at that time.--Both Keenan Allen and Chris Harper said that they the team was told of this on Friday (though Allen said he knew on Thursday).--Allen and Harper both said Bridgford did not get any more reps with the first team than normal in the week leading up to game time.SLIPPERY SURFACEThere was a lot of sliding around by cutting receivers and running backs Saturday on the Memorial Stadium turf. Allen referred to the surface as mushy. Harper said that the surface was wet for some reason and the moisture seemed to play a role in all the sliding around.
According to the turf's manufacturer, Hellas Sports Construction out of Austin, Texas, Matrix Turf is a surface "optimizing speed and traction on game days."

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

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Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

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Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

BOX SCORE

BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

UP NEXT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.