California 28, Utah 23

I awoke later than usual and watched CBS This Morning and a chef segment.  Jason Dady’s signature recipes include Cherry glazed baby back ribs, Two Bros BBQ market BBQ beans, BBQ stuffed jalapeños, Two Bros BBQ market potato salad, Bourbon pecan banana pudding, and The healer.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend and saw that the Top 10 songs on October 1, 1977 were “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” “Cold as Ice,” “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Telephone Line,” “Nobody Does It Better,” “Strawberry Letter 23,” “Best of My Love,” “Don’t Stop,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” and “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band.”  I worked a five-hour shift and walked to the stadium, getting to my seat 25 before kickoff.  There were a lot of empty seats.  Utah wasn’t a great draw.  California scored the first two touchdowns of the game in the first quarter.  The team would not score eight touchdowns, however.  Utah would kick a field goal to begin the second quarter.  They were later aided by a foolish unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and result was a 14-10 score at halftime.  A lot of high school bands took the field and played “Y.M.C.A.”  In the second half, Utah took the lead at 17-14.  It was looking like the Cal defense was unable to stop this team, but then the Cal offense was able to score another two touchdowns to make the score 28-17.  The long touchdown pass in the minute and a half scoring drive was characteristic of this game for the offense.  Utah came back with a touchdown to make the score 28-23.  They went for the two points and were unsuccessful.  It looked like the defender could have been called for a penalty, but the call went Cal’s way.  This would turn out to be big, because Utah would be forced to go for a touchdown to win the game.  Utah’s last drive of the game had a lot of twists and turns.  They picked on the right side of the Cal defense and Marloshawn Franklin Jr.  On a fourth down play, a pass to that right side resulted in a penalty that gave Utah a first down and seemed to doom Cal with time running out.  A running play was stopped short as the defense looked like they were going all out for the stop.  The next play with six seconds left looked like a sure touchdown to the left side, but it was an incompletion.  With three seconds left, Utah went with another running play, and somehow Cal stopped it to win the game.  The Cal players ran onto the field to celebrate the miraculous victory.  It was hard to believe they pulled it off.  I went home to have something to eat and listen to the end of the A’s game in Seattle.  Khris Davis hit his 42nd home run.  Sean Doolittle gave up a tying home run.  Joey Wendle had the big hit in the tenth inning.  Ryan Madson nearly gave up the tying run but got out of the jam, and the A’s eliminated the Mariners from the playoffs.

 

Some of the people who died on October 2 include Rock Hudson (1985), Madeleine Carroll (1987), Gene Autry (1998), Nipsey Russell (2005), and August Wilson (2005).  Today is a birthday for Kelly Ripa (46) and Sting (65).

 

 

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