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Tyson Alualu and the Unregistered Explosives

Production isn't stats. A player isn't productive because he fills out a stat sheet. A player is productive because he contributes, and sometimes, those contributions are invisible but to the dedicated observer.

1. 1st and 10 at CAL 30 Eddie Wide rush for no gain to the Cal 30.

Tyson Alualu drives right tackle Tony Bergstrom back, uses his right hand to rip up and under Berstrom's shoulder pads and cuts in tackling Wide.

2. 2nd and 10 at CAL 30 Eddie Wide rush for 2 yards to the Cal 28.

Utes are in a shotgun look, but Alu reads the draw and runs right to intercept. He doesn't tackle, but helps create the pile that effectively tackles Wide after two.

3. 3rd and 8 at CAL 28 Jordan Wynn pass complete to Luke Matthews for 9 yards to the Cal 19 for a 1ST down.

California is in a 3-2 look with the outside linebackers pressuring the edges. Alu is playing left outside linebacker and fakes a couple sprinters lunges before the snap. Just as the ball is snapped, he drops into a three point, and the coincidence spooks Alu causing him to stumble out of his stance. He recovers, swims inside but does not factor.

4. 1st and 10 at CAL 19 Eddie Wide rush for a loss of 2 yards to the Cal 21.

I'm tempted to call this a student body right, but it's really just a sweep. Alu is playing LDE in a 4-2 look. He stands up and throws off tight end Kendrick Moeai, cuts into the backfield, forces pulling center Zane Taylor to engage him, thereby removing a vital lead blocker, forces the entire play further wide, and without receiving credit from commentator or statistician, singlehandedly detonates the Utes sweep.

5. 1st and 10 at CAL 19 Eddie Wide rush for a loss of 2 yards to the Cal 21.

Out.

6. 3rd and 6 at CAL 15 Jordan Wynn pass complete to Luke Matthews for 5 yards to the Cal 10.

Out.

7. 4th and 1 at CAL 10 Eddie Wide rush for 4 yards to the Cal 6 for a 1ST down.

Alualu substitutes in barely in time for quick snap by the Utes. He pushes pile, separates, but does not factor in a coldblooded conversion. I love smart coaching.

8. 1st and Goal at CAL 6 Jordan Wynn pass complete to Kendrick Moeai for 6 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.

Left defensive end in a true 3-4 look. Alu follows the offensive line right, sees Wynn rolling out left, spins away from the right tackle, stumbles, and watches as Wynn tosses it in for the score.