Sunday, September 02, 2007

Mercury News: Cal notes: For Longshore, it's dinner time

The clock was winding down on one of Cal's biggest victories in years, and quarterback Nate Longshore was so excited in the huddle that all he could talk about was dinner.  "He told us all to be quiet because he had a story to tell," running back Justin Forsett said. "He was telling us that he was going to dinner with his girlfriend at some pizza place on Wednesday. He was very comfortable." For Longshore, the 45-31 win over Tennessee on Saturday couldn't have been more different than last year's drubbing in Knoxville. In his first full college game, he completed just 11 of 20 throws for 85 yards before being taken off the field.  Saturday, the junior completed 19 of 28 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns, and led the Bears on a gutsy fourth-quarter drive after Tennessee had drawn to within seven points. "It was just night and day," Longshore said. "I felt like I had the time and things were open for me."

• Jordan Kay had to take over the kicking duties after Tom Schneider pulled a quadriceps muscle during warm-ups. Kay, playing in his first college game, made all six of his point-after tries as well as a 27-yard field goal near the end of the first half.  Coach Jeff Tedford said he wasn't sure about the severity of Schneider's injury, but added he thought there was a chance Schneider could miss Saturday's game at Colorado State.


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