Cal vs. Ohio State Football: 6 Winners and Losers for the Golden Bears

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Cal vs. Ohio State Football: 6 Winners and Losers for the Golden Bears
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Maynard (No. 15) gets one off before a potential sack.

In a battle ultimately decided by the failures of a certain Italian kicker, anyone associated internally or externally with the Cal Bears questioned the necessity of the field goal in the game of football.

Vincenzo D’Amato missed three crucial kicks on Saturday, two of which were so wide of the uprights that those watching the game doubted his legitimacy as a football player. The significance of those nine points left off the scoreboard was reflected in, well, the final scoreboard.

Cal lost 35-28.

This was a heartbreaking loss indeed to an Ohio State team that sported the No. 12 ranking in the nation. It was supposed to slaughter Cal somewhere in the realm of 42-10 or 56-3—or any other particular lopsided margin.

But things unfolded as they did for a reason. Let’s analyze that reason, or, the six winners and losers from the matchup pitting a bunch of Bears and Buckeyes against each other.

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