Golden Bears Prepare For Season Opener Versus Tennessee
Aug. 24, 2007
2007 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Season Opener: Saturday, September 1; 5 p.m. (PT)
#12 Cal (0-0) vs. #15 Tennessee (0-0)
Berkeley, Calif. - California Memorial Stadium
TV: ESPN on ABC (Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, Lisa Salters)Radio: (Joe Starkey, Troy Taylor, Todd McKim) Cal games air live on KGO Radio (810 AM) in San Francisco and affiliate stations KMZT Radio (1260 AM Los Angeles), XSURF Radio (540 AM San Diego), KNTK Radio (102.3 Weed), KCBL Radio (1340 AM Fresno), KESP Radio (970 AM Modesto), KVBL Radio (1400 AM Visalia) and KNRO Radio (1670 AM Redding). The pre-game show begins 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can also track the Bears through XM Satellite Radio, a corporate partner of the Pacific-10 Conference. Football action can be heard on XM channels 193, 194 and 195.Sports USA Radio Network: Sports USA Radio Network will be doing the national radio broadcast of this game -- Larry Kahn (Play-by-Play Announcer), John Robinson (Analyst) and Troy West (Sideline Reporter).
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
2006 Record: 10-3
2006 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 7-2/T1st
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/1983
Record at Cal/Year: 43-20/6th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: John Sudsbury
Office Phone: 510-643-4723
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 3
Series Record: Tennessee leads, 2-1
First Meeting: 9/10/77, Win, 27-17
Last Meeting: 9/2/06, Loss, 35-18
Current Streak: Tennessee win 1
Tedford vs. Texas A&M: 0-1
After an off-season of anticipation and hard work and a preseason of practice and training, the California Golden Bears finally hit the gridiron for real today, hosting the University of Tennessee in the top game in the nation this weekend. Cal, which returns 16 starters, including eight from its potent offense, is looking for a measure of redemption against the Volunteers, who did not show much Southern hospitality in last year's season-opener, topping the Bears, 35-18. Not only are the Bears fired up for this year's opener, but the Cal fans are also more than ready for action. Cal has sold out today's game, as well as the USC game, the earliest advance sellouts in recorded history. In addition, Cal has topped its season ticket record for the fourth straight season. Under head coach Jeff Tedford, the San Francisco Bay Area has clearly turned into 'Bear Territory.'
The California Golden Bears are ranked No. 12 in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches and the Associated Press Top 25 polls to begin the season. The No. 12 ranking matches the fourth-highest preseason ranking for Cal. In 1951, Pappy Waldorf's Golden Bears were ranked No. 5 while in both 1952 and last year, the Bears checked in with a No. 9 preseason touting. This season marks just the 11th year that Cal has held a preseason ranking from the AP, including the current stretch of four straight years. From 1955 to 2003, the Bears appeared just twice in the poll. Under head coach Jeff Tedford, California has been ranked No. 13 (2004), No. 19 (2005), No. 9 (2006) and now No. 12 in AP Preseason Polls.
Bears-Volunteers, Take 2
Cal kicks off the 2007 campaign just like it did the 2006 season -- a date with the Tennessee Volunteers. Only this time the game will take place in Cal's backyard -- Memorial Stadium. Last season, the Bears were victimized by big plays and a bigger crowd, falling 35-18 to Tennessee in front of 106,009 fans in Neyland Stadium. It was the largest crowd to ever watch a California football game. Tennessee struck first with a 12-yard passing TD, then the Volunteers converted four straight big plays - a 42-yard pass and a 80-yard pass play followed by a 50-yard strike down the middle and a tough 43-yard rush through traffic. Before the Golden Bears could settle into any offensive rhythm, the Volunteers held a 35-0 advantage and the hostile crowd was in a frenzy. Cal cracked the scoring column with a 32-yard Tom Schneider field goal in the third quarter and then closed the contest with two touchdowns. Joe Ayoob found DeSean Jackson deep and the sophomore receiver made a nifty move to dodge a flying Volunteer defender and find the end zone for a 40-yard score. Late in the game, Ayoob connected twice with Jackson and once with Marcus O'Keith to set himself up for a one-yard scamper into the end zone.
Cal-Tennessee and Other Musings
Cal is 1-2 all-time vs. Tennessee ... the Bears defeated UT 27-17 in Knoxville on Sept. 10, 1977 ... since then, the Volunteers have won the other two meetings by a combined score of 73-30 ... this is Tennessee's first trip to Berkeley ... moreover, the Volunteers are just the second SEC team to play in Memorial Stadium -- Tulane was the only other SEC team to visit -- Cal won, 7-3, in 1960 ... when Cal and Tennessee meet on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, it will be the only opening weekend game in the country between two ranked teams. ... Jeff Tedford is 3-2 in season openers ... Cal opening day records of note -- most yards rushing: Tarik Smith, at San Jose State, 1996, 183 yards ... most yards passing: Rich Campbell, at Florida, 1980, 421 yards ... most yards receiving: Bobby Shaw, at Houston, 1997, 204 yards.
What Happened in the Offseason?
The Golden Bears had a very busy offseason beginning with the promotion of Jim Michalczik to offensive coordinator and Kevin Daft to quarterbacks coach. In January, Cal also announced the hiring of linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson who previously spent six seasons at San Jose State. In early February Cal added 26 newcomers for its 2007 class on signing day. The class was rated No. 22 according to Scout.com -- the fifth straight year that Cal has had a top 25 recruiting class. Of the 26 signees, eight were high school All-Americans, including local product Jahvid Best (Vallejo/Salesian HS), the top player in the Bay Area. The Bears opened spring ball in March and had a very productive four weeks of practice according to head coach Jeff Tedford. In the final spring scrimmage, quarterback Nate Longshore completed 9-of-13 passes for 130 yards. He also connected on three touchdowns on the afternoon - a 30-yard connection to junior DeSean Jackson, a goal-line slant to senior Sean Young and a short hook-up with senior tight end Craig Stevens. April's National Football League draft saw three former Cal players selected on the first day, including Marshawn Lynch, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills at No. 12 in the first round. Lynch was the highest Golden Bear draft pick since Andre Carter was chosen No. 7 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2001. In program history, only eight California players have been selected higher than the No. 12 overall pick. Brandon Mebane (Seattle Seahawks) and Daymeion Hughes (Indianapolis Colts) were both third-round selections. Preseason Watch Lists, which began springing up in March, saw junior center Alex Mack lead the way with three selections -- the Outland Trophy, the Rimington Trophy, and the Rotary Lombardi Award. Junior linebacker Zack Follett was selected to the Lott Trophy and Bednarik Watch Lists and junior wide receiver DeSean Jackson was named to the Maxwell Trophy Watch List. In July, Cal and website partner CSTV launched a Heisman Trophy candidate promotional website for Jackson entitled the1towatch.com
The Golden Ticket
California has broken its record for football season ticket sales for the fourth straight year. Earlier in August, the Golden Bears surpassed last year's total of 40,262. Since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford, California's season ticket count has been on a steady climb. The Bears sold 16,200 season passes in 2002 -- Tedford's first year. His second season resulted in sales of 22,500. In 2004, the number again jumped substantially, up to a then-school-record 34,100. In 2005, the Bears set another mark with 40,134 season tickets sold and again in 2006 (40,262).
The Golden Bears established a new record for average attendance in 2006 with an average of 64,318 fans per game. Including three sellouts. California had a total of 450,223 fans at seven home games. The previous record for the Bears was in 2004 when they averaged 64,019.
The California Athletic Department and website partner CSTV (College Sports Television) launched a Heisman Trophy promotional website for junior wide receiver DeSean Jackson entitled the1towatch.com. 'The 1 to Watch' features flash animation for the introduction before taking the viewer to the main page. Once on the site, fans can navigate eight tabs to find such information as up-to-date video highlights, a player profile and photo galleries. The four tabs at the top of the page include a 'video' link which allows fans to see packaged highlights of Jackson. Fans can get to know Jackson on a personal level with the '1-on-1' tab, which allows the user to know what his life is like on and off the field. Finally, there is the 'national attention' link which directs the viewer to see what other coaches, players, football analysts and teammates are saying about Jackson. Additional links provide navigation to CalBears.com, other Cal football all-star candidates, the Cal Bears football page and any breaking news on Jackson.
Cal Picked 2nd in Pac-10 Media Poll
For the fourth consecutive season the University of California football team was picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Media Poll released on July 26. Four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC was a unanimous selection to win the conference title as voted by West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. It marks the fifth consecutive year the Trojans have been the choice to win the title. The Trojans captured all 39 first-place votes. The Golden Bears garnered 323 points, while third-place pick, UCLA, collected 305 points, followed by Arizona State (242), Oregon State (237), Oregon (226), Arizona (162), Washington State (115), Washington (98) and Stanford (47).
Pac-10 Media Day Chatter
Jeff Tedford general remarks: 'We are very excited about the upcoming season and to report to camp on the fifth of August. The players' commitment has been great through the summer. We have a lot of experience and I feel that the investment has been made to compete for a championship. We have great leadership, DeSean [Jackson] being one of them and a big part of what we do. Having to replace Daymeion Hughes and Marshawn Lynch, both Players of the Year, will be a challenge. We feel Justin Forsett can move right in and take over and we'll have some young guys competing at corner. We had a rough game at Tennessee last year, and we need redemption. It's not about revenge, we just need to focus on ourselves. This Conference is very balanced so we have to bring our 'A' game. I have great confidence in our players and our staff to be prepared each and every week.'
Preseason National Chatter
The Golden Bears have received plenty of national exposure this off-season and are ranked in the top 25 by several other national outlets.
No. 9 - ESPN.com
No. 11 - Athlon Sports
No. 11 - Street & Smith's
No. 12 - ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
No. 12 - AP
No. 12 - The Sporting News
No. 12 - Lindy's
No. 15 - Rivals.com
No. 16 - CBS Sportsline
No. 18 - College Football News
No. 19 - NationalChamps.net
No. 20 - Sports Illustrated
Juniors Alex Mack, Zack Follett, Nate Longshore and DeSean Jackson and senior Craig Stevens have been prominent in many of the national Watch Lists. Mack is on three Watch Lists including the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman), the Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman) and the Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center). Follett landed a spot on the Bednarik Trophy list (nation's top defensive player) and the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which recognizes athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Jackson has secured spots on the Maxwell and Walter Camp Trophy lists -- both of which honor the nation's best player. Longshore is also on three Watch Lists -- the Manning and Davey O'Brien Awards, which are given to the nation's top quarterback, and the Walter Camp Award Watch List, which honors the nation's best player. Stevens landed a spot on the John Mackey Award Watch List -- given annually to the nation's top tight end.
As of July 12, seven Cal football games will be aired on television this season. Tennessee (9/1, ABC, 5 p.m.), Colorado State (9/8, CSTV, 11 a.m.), Louisiana Tech (9/15, Comcast Sports, 3:30), Arizona State (10/27, FSN, 7 p.m.), Washington State (11/3, FSN, 7 p.m.), USC (Nov. 10, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, 5 p.m.) and Stanford (12/1, Versus, 4 p.m.) will be televised. In the first five years of head coach Jeff Tedford's tenure, 47 Cal football games were televised; in the five years prior to that, 30 Cal games were televised. National television broadcasts have more than doubled in that time. The Colorado State game will mark Cal's first game on CSTV while the Stanford game will be Cal's debut on Versus.
DeSean Jackson continued to show why he was one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the country in 2006. Jackson had four punt return touchdowns his sophomore campaign (five in his career) -- both school and Pac-10 records. He set a school-record with 455 total punt return yards, while his 18.2 punt return average was also a school-record for a single-season. The NCAA record for punt return TDs is eight by Wes Welker (Texas Tech, 2000-03) and Antonio Perkins (Oklahoma, 2001-04). Amazingly, the Long Beach product has just 26 career punt returns, meaning he has scored on 19 percent of his returns. Heading into the 2007 season, Jackson will be the NCAA active leader in punt returns for touchdowns (5) and average per return (19.38). He was also named an ESPN Preseason All-American and listed as the eighth-best player to watch by Sports Illustrated.
Jackson's TDs on punt returns
(quarter; score after return)
Nov. 11, 2006: 95 yards vs. Arizona (1st; 7-0)
Nov. 4, 2006: 72 yards vs. UCLA (3rd; 28-10)
Oct. 7, 2006: 65 yards vs. Oregon (2nd, 28-3)
Sept. 23, 2006: 80 yards vs. Arizona State (2nd, 21-7)
Sept. 3, 2005: 49 yards vs. Sacramento State (4th, 41-3)
Other Notes on DeSean ...
>> Needs four (4) touchdowns to tie Geoff McArthur for fourth on the all-time career receiving touchdowns list (20)
>> Needs four (4) 100-yard receiving games to join McArthur and Bobby Shaw for having the most 100-yard receiving games in Cal history (11)
>> Needs 338 yards receiving to crack Cal's top 10 career receiving yards chart
>> Needs three (3) more receptions for 100 in his career
>> Has led the Bears in receiving the last two seasons
>> Ranks first in school history in career punt return average (19.4), touchdowns (5) and single-season average (18.20)
Junior Nate Longshore stepped into the starting role at quarterback in 2006 and established himself as one of the top signal-callers in the Pac-10, if not the nation. As a sophomore, Longshore connected for 24 touchdowns while directing the California offense to a Pac-10 best 32.8 points per game. He became just the second Golden Bear to pass for over 3,000 yards in a single season (3,021), joining Pat Barnes, who set the school record with 3,499 yards in 1996. Longshore completed over 60 percent of his passes and ranked second in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (141.64), touchdowns and third in yards per game (232.4) as he earned honorable mention all-league honors. During the year, Longshore was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week three times. The 6-5, 233-pounder was extra deadly with the long ball, completing 51 passes of 20 yards or more, including 19 to DeSean Jackson. Nate also earned Offensive Co-MVP honors at the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl after completing 19-of-24 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown while also running for a score.
Other Notes on Nate ...
>> Needs 1,349 yards to crack Cal's top 10 career passing yards chart (has 3,152 career passing yards)
>> Needs six (6) more touchdowns to crack Cal's top 10 career passing TDs list (has 25 career passing touchdowns)
>> Needs one (1) more 300-yard passing game to move to eighth all-time in 300-yard career passing games
>> Needs two (2) more 250-yard passing games to move to eighth all-time in 250-yard career passing games
>> Ranks second in career passer rating at Cal, and sixth among active Division I quarterbacks (142.9)
Schneider Proves to be Clutch
Placekicker Tom Schneider produced a standout 2006 campaign for the Golden Bears. He had one of his best performances in the Big Game vs. Stanford when he booted four field goals, including a 55-yarder which tied the Cal school record. That performance led to a Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week nod. Schneider scored 97 points for the Golden Bears (third in the Pac-10 and eighth most for a single-season), and was 15-of-20 on field-goal attempts, including a near perfect 13-of-15 inside 50 yards. He was a perfect 52-of-52 on extra points. For his career, Schneider has scored 257 points, fourth all-time at Cal. Schneider is on pace to break Cal's all-time scoring mark (288 points) held by former kicker Doug Brien (1991-93).
Other Notes on Tom ...
>> Needs 40 points to become Cal's all-time scoring leader (has 248 career points)
>> Needs 12 points to move to third on the all-time scoring chart
>> Holds the school record for longest field goal (55 yards vs. Stanford on Dec. 2, 2006)
Larson is Special
Junior-college transfer Andrew Larson stepped right into the Division I game in 2006 and showed some serious punting ability for California as he was named to the All-Pac-10 second team. The newcomer punted 49 times for 2,087 yards - an impressive average of 42.6 yards per punt. However, his net punting is the true measure of his value. Opponents returned just 19 punts for a total of 132 yards, giving Cal a Pac-10 best net-punting mark of 38.2 yards.
Other notes on Andrew ...
>> Did you know that Larson holds the second-highest punting average for a career in school history? (42.6)
Forsett Ready to Lead
Senior Justin Forsett is slotted No. 1 on the depth chart at tailback after paying his dues for three years in a secondary back role. The senior from Florida by way of Texas has established himself during his time in Berkeley as one of the top non-starting backs in the nation - and with over 1,600 yards, six 100-yard games and an average of 6.4 yards per carry, the veteran is more than ready to handle the bulk of the carries. Forsett has rushed for 1,674 yards in his career to date and needs 139 yards to crack California's career rushing top 10. In 2006 he rushed for over 600 yards for the second year in a row. Forsett ran for 124 yards on eight carries (15.5 yards per carry) and a touchdown in the Bears' Holiday Bowl win over Texas A&M. With Marshawn Lynch injured for the bulk of the Oregon game, he rushed for 163 yards, including 146 in the second half and 115 in the fourth quarter.
Other Notes on Justin ...
>> Needs two (2) more touchdowns to crack Cal's top 10 career rushing touchdowns list
>> Did you know that Forsett holds the record for the fourth most rushing yards in a game in school history? (235 on 31 carries vs. New Mexico State, 9/23/05)
Already a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Craig Stevens returns for his senior season as one of the top tight ends in the nation. Last season, he tallied 17 catches for 239 yards, including seven catches on third or fourth down - all for first downs. He is also a force in the blocking game and was voted a team captain following the season.
The Nation's Best Receiving Corps
'What makes (DeSean) Jackson even more dangerous at Cal than say, another top 25 team, is that defenses can't afford to double-team him in passing situations because of seniors Robert Jordan and Lavelle Hawkins.' - ESPN Blue Ribbon Insider
Jordan is a veteran of 30 games and 25 starts. He had 43 receptions (career-high) for 511 yards (career-high) and four scores in 2006 and had 106 catches for his career. Jordan also enters the season having caught a pass in 30 consecutive games, the fourth-longest run in the nation among returning players.
Other Notes on Robert ... >
>> Did you know that Robert holds the record for the sixth most receiving yards in a game (192 yards, 11 receptions at Washington, 9/10/2005)
>> Needs 641 yards to crack Cal's top 10 career receiving yards chart
>> Needs 11 more receptions to crack Cal's top 10 career receptions chart
Hawkins was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick last season behind 46 grabs for 705 yards and five scores. He had at least one touchdown in each of Cal's final three games in 2006.
Other Notes on Lavelle ...
>> Needs 36 more receptions for 100 for his career (had 46 last season)>> Needs 124 more yards for 1,000 for his career
Much of the hype this season surrounding the Golden Bear offense this season will center around the wide receiving corps. But what fans may not know is that under Jeff Tedford Cal has produced a 1,000-yard rusher every season since 2002.
>>Here are some more Cal rushing factoids:
-- J.J. Arrington is the last NCAA Division I running back to rush for 2000 yards in a season
-- The Golden Bears are the only Division I (BCS Conference team) to have a 1,000 yard and a 600 yard running back four straight seasons (since 2003)
-- Cal was one of three teams (BCS Conference) to be ranked in the top 10 in rushing in back-to-back years (2004-05)
- Cal has the most rushing yards in the Pac-10 over the past five seasons (11,668)
Cal's linebackers were recognized as some of the best in the nation in 2006 and despite the loss of talented playmakers Desmond Bishop and Mickey Pimentel, expect more of the same big plays in 2007. Breaking down positions for the multi-dimensional Bear 'backers is a challenge as versatility is the name of the game for seniors Justin Moye and Greg Van Hoesen and juniors Anthony Felder, Zack Follett and Worrell Williams. Follett was the only non-starter in the nation to earn all-conference honors at linebacker. A strong, athletic play-maker and a Butkus Award and Lott Trophy candidate in 2007, the Fresno product led the Bears with 5.5 sacks while adding 62 tackles and an interception in 2006. Despite losing three starters on the defensive line from 2006, including three-time all-conference selection Brandon Mebane, the Cal defensive line could see improvement in 2007 with added experience and a pair of talented redshirt freshmen in Derrick Hill and Michael Costanzo ready to make significant contributions.
Cal has won 28 league games over the last five years (Jeff Tedford's tenure), the second-most in the Pac-10 ...The Bears finished the season ranked third in the nation in interceptions (21) ... 2006 marked the fifth time in program history that Cal had an eight-game winning streak (single season) ... 2006 also marked the first time since 1949 that Cal started 6-0 in conference play ... Cal has had at least one 100-yard rusher in 41 of 63 games under Tedford, meanwhile, its opponents have had just 15 games with 100-yard rushers ... Cal had 58 pass plays of 20 or more yards ... the Golden Bears also had 49 other plays (rushing, punt returns, kickoff returns and interception returns) of over 20 yards ... Cal had 28 scores in `06 that took less than two minutes ... the Bears also had 19 scoring drives that lasted less than 2:00, as well as three interception return TDs, four punt returns for touchdowns, a safety and a fumble return score ... Cal had 16 different players catch passes in 2006 and 14 different players score touchdowns ... the Bears allowed a Pac-10-low 13 sacks all season ... Cal set a school-record for punt return average (17.3 per game) last season ... Cal finished the 2006 campaign with three sellouts -- it's also the first time in over 50 years the Bears have been over 50,000 fans for 18 straight home games.
2006 marked the first time since the 1975 season that California earned a share of the Pac-10 Conference championship ... Cal secured the co-championship after its 26-17 victory over Stanford (Dec. 2) coupled with a UCLA upset victory over USC in Pasadena also on Dec. 2 ... Both Cal and USC finished 7-2 in league play ... In 1975, Cal tied with UCLA for the league title, but the head-to-head loss to the Bruins denied a Rose Bowl bid. Cal's 27-14 league mark over the last five years (Jeff Tedford's tenure) is the second-best record in the Pac-10 in that time ... This is the 12th conference title for the Bears and just the seventh in the last 75 years. Here's a look at Cal's title teams:
Year: Overall (Conf) - Note
1918: 7-2 (2-0 Pacific Coast) - Beat Oregon and Stanford
1920: 9-0 (3-0 Pacific Coast) - First national championship for Cal
1921: 9-0-1 (4-0 Pacific Coast) - Brick Muller is first Cal All-American
1922: 9-0 (4-0 Pacific Coast) - Outscores opponents, 146-7
1923: 9-0-1 (5-0 Pacific Coast) - Wonder Team continues to roll
1937: 10-0-1 (6-0-1 Pacific Coast) - Thunder Team beats Alabama in Rose Bowl
1948: 10-1 (6-0 Pacific Coast) - Pappy's Boys return to Rose Bowl
1949: 10-1 (7-0 Pacific Coast) - No. 3 in final AP poll
1950: 9-1-1 (5-0-1 Pacific Coast) - Third straight Rose Bowl appearance
1958: 7-4 (6-1 Pacific Coast) - Last Rose Bowl for California
1975: 8-3 (6-1 Pac-8) - Chuck Muncie leads Bears to title
2006: 10-3 (7-2 Pac-10) - Beat Texas A&M, 45-10, in Holiday Bowl
California sold out three games in 2006 -- (Oregon, UCLA and Stanford); it was the first time in over fifty years that Cal has sold out multiple games in the same season. The sellouts against Oregon and UCLA were just the fourth and fifth non-Big Game sellouts in the last 50 years. The other three sellouts all came against USC (1977, 1979 and 2005). The Golden Bears have sold out the Big Game against Stanford 15 times in the last 50 years.
50,000 Fans Again
The sellout against Stanford marked Cal's 18th straight home game with over 50,000 fans. That streak includes every home game in the last three years and is even more impressive when compared to the days before the current streak. In the first 13 home games under head coach Jeff Tedford (in 2002 and 2003), Cal attracted over 50,000 fans just twice. The Stanford game was also the 10th game of 60,000+ fans under Tedford, surpassing the total of nine from the 11 years prior to Tedford's arrival.
The Tedford Era
Jeff Tedford, now in his sixth year at the helm of the Bears, has quickly brought the program into another 'Golden' Age. The Bears' current five year record of 43-20 (.683) is among the best-ever at Cal.
Era (Years): Record (Pct.) - Highlights
The Wonder Teams (1920-24): 44-0-4 (.958) - Three National Titles
The Thunder Teams (1937-38): 20-1-1 (.932) - One Championship
Pappy's Boys (1947-52): 53-9 (.855) - Three Rose Bowls
The Tedford Era (2002-current): 43-20 (.683) - Four bowls
Early 90s (1990-93): 30-17 (.638) - Three bowls
Mike White Era (1972-77): 35-30 (.538) - Last conf. title (`75)
Cal Corrals Fifth Straight Winning Season
Since posting the worst record at Cal in 104 years (1-10) in 2001, the Golden Bears have rolled to five straight winning seasons since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford. In Tedford's first season (2002), he guided the Bears to a 7-5 mark - the school's first winning record in nine years. The 2004 club climbed as high as No. 4 in the nation and finished 10-2. Last year, Cal won eight games and in 2006, the Bears finished 10-3, marking the first time the Golden Bears have had five straight winning seasons in over 50 years (Pappy Waldorf's juggernaut teams reeled off six straight winning marks from 1947-52).
In the five years under Jeff Tedford, the Golden Bears have averaged 34.1 points per game, by far the most in any five-year stretch in school history. In fact, Tedford-coached teams own five of the top six slots in single-season scoring in the modern era of football in Berkeley.
Cal Single-Season Scoring Records (since World War II)
Year - Total Points (Average)
2003 - 457 (32.6)
2004 - 441 (36.8)
2002 - 427 (35.6)
2006 - 427 (32.8)
1991 - 406 (36.9)
2005 - 395 (32.9)
California produced another successful campaign in 2006 finishing with a 10-3 record, a No. 14 national ranking, a Pac-10 Co-Championship, and a 45-10 victory over Texas A&M in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. With its 10-3 record, Cal posted its fifth straight winning season for the first time since 1947-51. For the first time in program history, Cal swept the Pac-10 Offensive (Marshawn Lynch) and Defensive (Daymeion Hughes) Player of the Year honors ... the Bears had seven All-Pac-10 first-team selections and five second-team honorees ... DeSean Jackson ranked first in the nation in punt return average (18.20/gm) and led the nation with four punt-return touchdowns ... he set a school-record with 455 total punt return yards ... his 18.2 punt return average was also a school-record for a single-season ... Jackson set season (4) and career (5) Pac-10 records for punt return TDs with his 95-yard return against Arizona ... Jackson finished the 2006 season with a team-best 1,060 yards receiving (third in the Pac-10) and ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards per game (120.9) ... Lynch finished his junior campaign with a Pac-10 best 1,356 rushing yards to become just the second player in Cal far in 2006, the Bears are 9-3, marking the first time the Golden Bears have had five straight winning seasons in over 50 years (Pappy Waldorf's juggernaut teams reeled off six straight winning marks from 1947-52).