No. 12 Cal Has First Road Test of the Season at Colorado State on Saturday
2007 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Road Opener: Saturday, September 8; 11 a.m. (PST)
#12 Cal (1-0) vs. Colorado State (0-1)
Fort Collins, Colo. - Hughes Stadium
TV: CSTV (Tom Hart, Trev Alberts). CSTV can be found on Comcast channel 418 and on DirecTv channel 610. Be sure to confirm with your cable provider that you have CSTV in your area of service.
Radio: KGO Radio (810 AM) in San Francisco (Joe Starkey, Troy Taylor, Todd McKim) - 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.
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: 44-20/6th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: John Sudsbury
Office Phone: 510-643-4723
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 1
Series Record: Colorado State leads, 1-0
First Meeting: 9/6/03, CSU, 23-21
Last Meeting: 9/6/03, CSU, 23-21
Current Streak: CSU win 1
Tedford vs. CSU: 0-1
Fresh off its 45-31 victory over Tennesse on Saturday, the California Golden Bears will have their first road test of the season when they travel to Fort Collins, Colo. to take on the Colorado State Rams on Sept. 8. CSU will be looking for its first win of the season after it dropped a 31-28 decision to in-state rival Colorado on Saturday. Meanwhile the Bears are looking to start a season 2-0 for the third time in four years. The last time Cal was in the state of Colorado was in 1982 in Boulder, when it defeated the Buffaloes, 31-17.
Bears-Rams: First Meeting since 2003
Cal last faced Colorado State (in their first-ever meeting) on Sept. 6, 2003 in Berkeley, and lost 23-21 on a Jeff Babcock 32-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining in the contest. The kick capped an 11-play, 65-yard drive that was kept alive by a 25-yard pass from Bradlee Van Pelt to Matt Bartz on fourth-and-3 from the Cal 45. Van Pelt finished with 317 yards passing and 60 yards rushing for the Rams while David Alexander had seven receptions for 141 yards. Cal erased a 20-7 Colorado State lead with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but couldn't come back again following Babcock's late field goal. With 1:50 left to play, Colorado State's Ben Stratton intercepted a pass from Reggie Robertson to end the Golden Bears' hopes.
Cal-Colorado State and Other Musings
Cal is 0-1 all-time vs. Colorado State ... BYU is the last Mountain West team that Cal faced (W, 35-28 in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl) ... despite an in-state heavy roster, Colorado State does have one Northern California product on its roster -- Paul Madsen, an offensive lineman from Pleasanton ... conversely, Cal only has one member on its squad from Colorado -- Chris Gaurnero, an offensive lineman from Arvada ... current defensive grad assistant Tosh Lupoi played in the 2003 meeting with the Rams, recording one tackle for a loss and one pass break up ... administrative assistant Tag McCurdy also was listed on the participation chart in that contest.
The win was Cal's 13th game scoring 40 or more points in its past 21 home games ... it was also Cal's 24th game scoring 40 or more points under Jeff Tedford ... it was Cal's third win against an SEC team in school history (Alabama in 1938 Rose Bowl and at Tennessee in 1977) ... it was also Tedford's ninth win against a ranked team (in 17 games) - equaling Cal's ranked-victory total in the 12 years before his arrival ... Jordan Kay's 27-yard FG with 12 seconds left in the first half was his first career field goal attempt and make ... Cameron Morrah recorded a career-high three receptions, including a career-long 23-yard reception ... Will Ta'ufo'ou, who was expected to miss three weeks with a knee injury, had 29 all-purpose yards.
Cal's opening day attendance of 72,516 vs. Tennessee marked the fourth sellout crowd in the last five home games. It was just the sixth non Big Game sellout in the last 51 years. The Bears 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 Tennessee marked Cal's 19th straight home game with over 50,000 fans. That streak includes every home game in the last four 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 Tennessee game was also the 11th game of 60,000+ fans under Tedford; Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival.
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 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).
Whose House? Our House!
Cal now has 19 victories in its last 21 home games after its 45-31 win over Tennessee.
The Bears donned their gold uniforms for the season-opener vs. Tennessee, and improved to 4-0 in games when it wears the alternate jersey (Oregon, UCLA, Texas A&M, Tennessee).
Tedford's Non-conference Mark
Head coach Jeff Tedford has posted a 17-6 non-conference record.
Cal has won 28 league games over the last five years (Jeff Tedford's tenure), the second-most in the Pac-10 ... Cal has had at least one 100-yard rusher in 42 of 64 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 in 2006 ... the Golden Bears also had 49 other plays (rushing, punt returns, kickoff returns and interception returns) of over 20 yards since 2006 ... in 2006, Cal had 28 scores 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 ... 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.
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.
DeSean Jackson not only showed why he is the nation's best game breaker, but why he is now considered a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy after his opening-day performance against Tennessee. Jackson took his first punt return 77 yards for a touchdown to give Cal a 21-14 lead in the second quarter. It was his sixth career punt return for a touchdown, both school and conference records. To put this record in further perspective, Jackson has scored six touchdowns on just 27 returns. NCAA record-holders Wes Welker (Texas Tech) had eight on 152 returns, and Antonio Perkins (Oklahoma) had eight on 113 returns. Jackson touched the ball only six times (one return, four catches, one run) for 143 yards vs. the Volunteers, but three of them went for first downs and one made it second-and-1. His third reception of the game (in the third quarter) gave him 100 for his career. Last season, Jackson had four punt return touchdowns, setting a school-record 18.2 punt return average.
Jackson's TDs on punt returns
Sept. 1, 2007: 77 yards vs. Tennessee
Nov. 11, 2006: 95 yards vs. Arizona
Nov. 4, 2006: 72 yards vs. UCLA
Oct. 7, 2006: 65 yards vs. Oregon
Sept. 23, 2006: 80 yards vs. Arizona State
Sept. 3, 2005: 49 yards vs. Sacramento State
Other Notes on DeSean ...
>> Needs four touchdowns to tie Geoff McArthur for fourth on the all-time career receiving touchdowns list (20)
>> Needs 293 yards receiving to crack Cal's top 10 career receiving yards chart
>> Ranks first in school history in career punt return average (21.5), touchdowns (6) and single-season average (18.20)
>> Owns three of the 11 longest punt returns for touchdowns in school history (95 at Arizona, 80 vs. Arizona State, 77 vs. Tennessee)
Junior Nate Longshore, who stepped into the starting role at quarterback in 2006, picked up right where he left off last season -- throwing with accuracy and efficiency. Longshore completed 19-of-28 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns in Cal's 45-31 win over Tennessee. He completed passes to seven different receivers on the day and has thrown for over 200 yards in six of his last seven contests. He has thrown just one interception and has been sacked just once in his last three games. As a sophomore last season, he directed 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. He 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. 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.
Other Notes on Nate ...
>> Needs four more touchdowns to crack Cal's top 10 career passing TDs list (has 27 career passing touchdowns)
>> Needs one more 300-yard passing game to move to eighth all-time in 300-yard career passing games
>> Needs two more 250-yard passing games to move to eighth all-time in 250-yard career passing games
Forsett at the Forefront
Senior Justin Forsett has taken over the No. 1 tailback slot after paying his dues for three years in a secondary back role. In just his fifth career start (season-opener vs. Tennessee), Forsett generated 156 yards on 26 carries (6.0 average). It was the fourth-highest rushing total for an opening day in program history, and it was the seventh 100-yard game of his career. Forsett's 156 yards also boosted him into Cal's top 10 career rushing chart -- (No. 10 with 1,830 yards). He has a career average of 6.3 yards per carry. Forsett also had a career-best 49-yard reception vs. the Volunteers towards the end of the first half.
Give Him the Ball
The Tennessee game marked just the fourth time that Justin Forsett had more than 15 carries in a game. And, surprisingly, the 156 yards were his lowest output in one of those games. In four games with more than 15 games, the senior back is averaging 185.3 rushing yards.
9/17/05 Illinois (6-187, 2 TDs)
9/23/05 New Mexico State (31-235, 1 TD)
10/7/06 Oregon (27-163, 1 TD)
9/1/07 Tennessee (26-156, 1 TD)
Some have questioned Justin Forsett's durability, but if they see some of the senior back's fourth-quarter numbers, they may rethink that. On Saturday against Tennessee, Forsett rushed 12 times for 92 yards (7.8 yards per carry) as he helped the Bears seal the victory. Last year, in the Oregon game, the 5-8, 196-pounder had 16 carries for 115 yards (7.2 yards per carry) in the fourth quarter of that victory over a ranked opponent.
Other Notes on Justin ...
>> Needs one more touchdown to crack Cal's top 10 career rushing touchdowns list
>> Needs 170 yards for 2,000 career rushing yards
Big Play RJ
Robert Jordan, a veteran of 32 games and 27 starts, had two receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown in the season-opener vs. Tennessee. He has now caught at least one pass in his last 31 games, the third-longest run in the nation among returning players. He had 43 receptions (career-high) for 511 yards (career-high) and four scores in 2006.
Other Notes on Robert ...
>> Needs nine more receptions to crack Cal's top 10 career receptions chart
>> Division I-A Consecutive Reception Streak, 9/2/07 (Active)
1. Marcus Monk (Sr. Arkansas): 36
2. Brandon Allen (Sr. New Mexico St.): 33
3. Robert Jordan (Sr. California): 31
4. Dorien Bryant (Sr. Purdue): 28
4. Terrence Nunn (Sr. Nebraska): 28
6. Travis Brown (Sr. New Mexico) 26
Lavelle Hawkins paced the deadly receiving corps with seven catches for 90 yards and a touchdown vs. Tennessee in the season opener. Hawkins has caught a TD pass in his last four games Hawkins also returned four kicks for 87 yards to finish with a career-best 177 all-purpose yards. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick last season behind 46 grabs for 705 yards and five scores.
Other Notes on Lavelle ...
>> Needs 29 more receptions for 100 for his career (had 46 last season)
>> Needs 34 more yards for 1,000 for his career
LBs Make an Early Statement
Linebackers Zack Follett and Worrell Williams certainly made their presence felt against Tennessee, especially on the Vols' opening drive. Follet's hit on Eric Ainge jarred the ball loose which was promptly scooped up by Worrell Williams, who returned it 44 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bears an early 7-0 lead. It was Williams' first career fumble recovery and touchdown. It was also Follett's seventh career forced fumble (Follett led the Pac-10 last season with four forced fumbles).
The Golden Bears suffered what could have been a key injury on August 23 when junior fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou sprained his knee in a preseason scrimmage. The initial prognosis was that he would be out 3-6 weeks, however, the hard-working back returned to the lineup in just nine days, seeing significant action against Tennessee. He had two carries in short-yardage situations and bulled his way for six and eight yards respectively. He also had a career-best 15-yard reception in the game.
Schneider Proves to be Clutch
Placekicker Tom Schneider, who missed the Tennessee game due to injury, produced a standout 2006 campaign for the Golden Bears. He 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)
K Is Okay
Despite the loss of standout placekicker Tom Schneider to injury prior to the Tennessee contest, the Cal kicking game did not miss a beat. Junior Jordan Kaye made his collegiate debut, connecting on all six of his point-after attempts and also booting a 27-yard field goal in the victory. The Rolling Hills, Calif., product has battled multiple knee injuries, but has persevered after an All-American high school career.
Larson Is Special
In just his second season in a Golden Bear uniform, senior Andrew Larson has shown some serious punting ability for California. He had five punts (one returned for six yards) in the season opener vs. Tennessee with a 38.4 net average. Opponents have returned just 20 punts for a total of 138 yards. Larson was named to the All-Pac-10 second team in 2006.
Other Notes on Andrew ...
>> Holds the second-highest punting average for a career in school history (42.6)
Local product and true freshman Jahvid Best gained 103 all-purpose yards in his collegiate debut vs. Tennessee, including a long run of 34 yards. Best finished as Cal's second leading rusher with 46 yards, while adding 57 yards on kickoff returns.
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.
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 four 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)
>> Prior to the start of the 2007 season Cal had the most rushing yards in the Pac-10 over the past five seasons (11,668) from 2002-06
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.
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
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)
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.
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