Monday, November 23, 2009

SF Chronicle: Tedford Outcoached Harbaugh




Jeff Tedford outcoached Jim Harbaugh on Saturday. Besides the Axe, Cal gets a national ranking (No. 21) by its name again. Number-crunching guru Steve Sanchez said its only the second time in 12 games since 2003 that the Bears have won as an underdog. (The 31-24 win at Oregon in 2007 was the other one.) Cal was 5-5 as an underdog in Tedford's first two seasons.

-- Just like Tedford will always hold Mike Mohamed dear (his interception saved a lot of questions about that taking a knee business minutes earlier), Florida State coach Bobby Bowden owes Maryland punter Nick Ferrara big time. Ferrara couldn't kick it out of bounds like his coach asked, and a big return with two minutes left set up a bowl-clinching and job-saving win for Bowden and the Seminoles.

-- Harbaugh and his play-calling late cost Toby Gerhart the Heisman Trophy. His four touchdowns against Cal and another big game against Notre Dame would have completed a late-season run to the award - just like USC's Carson Palmer in 2002. But four losses and Gerhart's out.


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