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Tedford: Maryland More Physical Team

Got home about an hour ago, scarfed down some Chinese food and a protein milkshake (how's that for a mix?). Again, I'll have some interviews on Terrapin Insider over the next 12 hours. The team that Cal Coach Jeff Tedford prepared for by watching tape all week was not the one he saw on Saturday. He admitted as much after the game. Some reporters don’t like when I give the readers all the quotes from the post-game interviews, but I want to give everyone as much reaction as I can, and they can make what they want of it. Here is some of the interview with Tedford:

(on preparing for Maryland)
“We looked at them on tape and we knew that they had a lot of ability. I don’t think the first two weeks they played to their potential. I think they had a light lit under them after last week’s loss and they were very focused. We got behind early and even though we got to the red zone we couldn’t score touchdowns. That’s a problem. You can’t settle for field goals.”

(On Cal’s passing game)
“I think some of the receivers had a chance to get some action today and catch the ball, which was nice. We had a couple blown assignments out there so there are some growing pains. The key is that we learn from those. It comes down to communication and making sure everybody understands what they are doing. But I was happy to see some guys make some plays and that’s going to go a long way.”

(On Jahvid Best)
“We just didn’t open up very many holes for him today. We did not dominate the lines of scrimmage. Coming in, we talked about how it all starts up front. We got beat up front offensively and defensively, both in the pass rush and in the funning game. They just played more physical than we did.”

(On Maryland’s defense)
“They were a good team. They were a good defensive front. They had very good linebackers that were scraping really well and a lot of those guys were making plays. We didn’t get up to the linebackers a lot of times.”

(On converting 2 of 11 third-down opportunities)
“Third down is key. They were converting third downs and we weren’t. Our misses were in the red zone and you just can’t live like that. You have got to be good on third down. Today was a test and we didn’t do a very good job.”

(On adjusting to the noon kickoff time)
“No excuses, whatsoever. We prepared well, we stuck to a plan. The kids were up this morning focuses and ready to go. No excuses.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 10:23 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Prisbell, do you have an update on Da'Rell Scott's injury?

Posted by: JTS | September 13, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

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