For all of Cal's grit and perseverance and clutch play in beating Arizona State, the Bears returned to practice Tuesday to confront this little slice of reality: They need to play better in the weeks ahead.
If they repeat many of the mistakes in that spirited but sloppy triumph, well, good luck Saturday against Oregon State. Cal committed a season-high 12 penalties (for 115 yards), fumbled the ball four times (losing two), missed two field-goal tries and again struggled in kickoff coverage. The penalties were most striking, because the Bears entered the game with the fewest penalties in the Pac-10.
"They were little things, either a false start or using poor judgment blocking in the back on a return," coach Jeff Tedford said. "We need to tighten that up, no question about it."