Cal Returns To Action Against UCLA Saturday at the Rose Bowl
Oct. 12, 2009
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Saturday, Oct. 17, 12:30 p.m. (PT)
California (3-2, 0-2 Pac-10) at UCLA (3-2, 0-2 Pac-10)
Pasadena, Calif. - Rose Bowl
TV: ABC - Terry Gannon (Play-By-Play), David Norrie (Analyst)
Radio: ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KGIL 1260 AM (Los Angeles), XSURF 540 AM (San Diego), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento). Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger, Elliott Schwimmer, Beni Shpringer. Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channels 219 (Sirius) and 193 (XM).
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GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 62-32/8th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 78
Series Record: UCLA leads, 49-28-1
First Meeting: 11/4/1933, 0-0 tie
Last Meeting: 10/25/08, Cal 41-20
Current Streak: Cal win one
Tedord vs. UCLA: 4-3
Kickoff - California at UCLA (Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009)
California (3-2, 0-2 Pac-10) and UCLA (3-2, 0-2 Pac-10) will square off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena this Saturday, Oct. 17, in a game to be televised live by ABC. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The two teams have much in common with both still looking for their first Pac-10 win after posting promising 3-0 non-conference marks.
The Golden Bears are hoping to return to the form they exhibited during their three impressive non-conference victories over Maryland, Eastern Washington and Minnesota that moved them up to a No. 6 national ranking. The Bears were dominant in those contests, outscoring opponents by a 146-41 margin. Cal started its season with home wins over Maryland (52-13) and Eastern Washington (59-7) - the Bears' first back-to-back 50-point efforts since 1973. The Bears then took their show on the road with a convincing 35-21 win at Minnesota as Heisman Trophy candidate TB Jahvid Best broke a modern-era single-game school record with five rushing TDs.
But after the 3-0 start, Cal suffered shocking back-to-back blowout losses at Oregon (42-3) and at home against USC (30-3) before a bye last week. The Bears struggled in all facets of the game in both contests as the Ducks and Trojans nearly doubled Cal's offensive output with a combined 981 yards of total offense compared to 492 for the Golden Bears.
UCLA also started its 2009 campaign with a 3-0 mark, posting home victories over San Diego State (33-14) and Kansas State (23-9) sandwiched around an impressive road win at Tennessee (19-15).
But the Bruins have struggled as well the last two weeks in Pac-10 tilts, falling at Stanford (24-16) and against Oregon (24-10) at home in the Rose Bowl. UCLA was able to muster only one offensive touchdown in the two contests and was held to under 300 yards of total offense in both games.
UCLA does feature an impressive defense that ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.2 ppg) and leads the conference against the pass, allowing only 162.0 yards per game and a total of three touchdowns all season through the air.
Cal-UCLA Series Notes
UCLA leads the all-time series against Cal, 49-28-1, but the series has been even in recent years with each team holding serve on their home court this decade. The last road team to win a game was a 17-0 Cal victory at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 16, 1999, but the Bears would have to later forfeit the win due to the use of ineligible players. Including the forfeit victory, the Bruins have taken seven straight from Cal at the Rose Bowl since the Bears were a 27-25 winner on Sept. 4, 1993. Cal has won five straight at Memorial Stadium.
Cal Falls Out of Both AP and USA Today Polls
Cal has dropped out of both the latest AP and USA Today polls for the last two weeks after its back-to-back losses at Oregon and vs. USC, currently ranked No. 13/16 and No. 6/5 in the AP Top 25 and USA Today rankings, respectively. Cal had risen six spots from its preseason No. 12 spot in both polls to No. 6 in both rankings on Sept. 20 before falling to No. 19 USA Today/No. 24 AP on Sept. 27 after a 42-3 loss at Oregon the previous day. The Bears' 30-3 home loss to USC on Oct. 3 dropped them out of both polls the following day.
Back on the Road
Cal returns to the road Saturday at UCLA having won only twice in its last 10 road games. The Bears are 1-1 on the road this year after posting a 1-4 mark last season. Cal hasn't had a winning road record since 2005 when the Bears were 3-2.
Simply The Best - Cal's Heisman Trophy Candidate Jahvid Best
TB Jahvid Best remains a viable candidate in the Heisman Trophy race as he and the Bears seek to return to their winning ways. Best had been the favorite on Heisman watches published by CBSSports.com and SI.com, and also ranked second in the ESPN.com Experts' Poll and the HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll after the third game of the season, when he rushed for a modern-era single-game school record five touchdowns and 131 yards on a career-high 26 carries at Minnesota on Sept. 19. In the two straight losses going into Cal's bye week, Best was held to a combined 102 yards and no scores, causing him to fall off all of the lists except for a tie for 10th on ESPN.com. Nevertheless, Best's nine touchdowns (8 rushing, 1 receiving) on the season give him a scoring average of 10.8 points per game that ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for fourth nationally. He is also third in the Pac-10 in rushing (102.8 ypg, No. 19 NCAA) and is more than halfway to the school record of 15 rushing TDs that he tied in 2008. In addition, he is among the school's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (25, No. 5), 100-yard rushing games (11, No. 6), rushing yardage (2,315, No. 9) and all-purpose running (3,557, No. 9). Best has 168 career points, needing only nine more to move into the school's all-time Top 10 in scoring. Best also has three career 200-yard games (first Cal player with more than one) and has put his big-play capability on full display throughout his career with a total 30 rushes of 20+ yards, to go along with nine of 60+ yards and three of 80 or more. After the first five games of 2009, he has totaled 514 rushing yards on 83 carries for an average of 6.2 yards per attempt. During seven consecutive 100-yard games that spanned the final four games of 2008 and the first three of 2009, Best rushed for 1,228 yards and 17 TDs on 126 carries (9.7 yards per rush, 175.4 yards per game).
Jahvid Best Rushing at Cal
Year G Att Yds TD Long Avg Avg/G2007 10 29 221 2 64 7.6 22.12008 12 194 1580 15 86 8.1 131.72009 5 83 514 8 73 6.2 102.8Totals 27 306 315 25 86 7.6 85.7
Jahvid Best in the Cal Career Record Book
1. Russell White (1990-92) - 35
2. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 32
3. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 29
4. Justin Forsett (2004-07) - 26
5. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 25
1. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 17
2. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 15
2. Russell White (1990-92) - 15
4. Justin Forsett (2004-07) - 15
5. J.J. Arrington (2003-04) - 14
6. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 11
1. Russell White (1990-92) - 3367
2. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 3230
3. Justin Forsett (2004-07) - 3220
4. Joe Igber (1999-02) - 3124
5. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 3052
6. Paul Jones (1975, 77-79) - 2930
7. J.J. Arrington (2003-04) - 2625
8. John Olszewski (1950-52) - 2504
9. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 2315
1. Deltha O'Neal (1996-99) - 4998
2. Russell White (1990-92) - 4943
3. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 4574
4. Joe Igber (1999-02) - 3124
5. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 4194
6. Na'il Benjamin (1993-96) - 3836
7. Justin Forsett (2004-07) - 3768
8. Paul Jones (1975, 77-79) - 3726
9. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 3557
Kendricks Leads Pac-10 in Tackles
LB Mychal Kendricks paces the Pac-10 in tackles (9.2 per game) and is tied for second in the conference in fumble recoveries (0.50 per game) along with four others, including teammate DB D.J. Campbell. Kendricks was the team leader in tackles in each of the first two games of 2009, including a career-high 15 stops against Eastern Washington that are the most by a Pac-10 player this season and the most by a Cal player since Thomas DeCoud had 16 at Washington on Nov. 17, 2007. His first career fumble recovery came against Eastern Washington when he returned the ball 45 yards to the Eagles' 5-yard line. Kendricks also recovered a fumble in the second quarter at Oregon. His forced fumble came at Minnesota.
Alualu Coming on Strong
DL Tyson Alualu, a second-team All-Pac-10 choice in 2008, has come on strong over the last three games, combining for 18 tackles, 4.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for loss. Alualu had six tackles plus a career-high 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss at Minnesota. He followed that game with a season-high eight tackles, a sack and 2.0 tackles for loss at Oregon, before adding four tackles and the team's only sack (also a tackle for loss) against USC. For the season, he paces the team and is among the conference leaders in sacks (4.5, No. 4-T Pac-10) and tackles for loss (5.5, No. 8-T Pac-10). He is also third overall on the club in tackles with 26 and has twice many as the nearest defensive lineman on the team (Cameron Jordan, 15). Last year, Alualu's career-high 62 total stops were the most for a Cal defensive lineman since Duane Clemons had 82 in 1995.
Mohamed Having Another Solid Season
LB Mike Mohamed is second on the club with 41 tackles and fifth in the Pac-10 with an average of 8.2 stops per game. He also leads the team with a pair of interceptions (No. 6 Pac-10) - both in the second half at Minnesota - while ranking second on the club in tackles for loss (4.0) and tied for second in sacks (2.0). He is also one of seven Golden Bears to have forced a fumble and has added two pass breakups. Despite playing primarily as a reserve in 2008 (2 starts in 13 games), Mohamed still finished second on the squad and 12th in the league with 87 tackles (6.7 per game).
Miller Making It Happen
TE Anthony Miller has quietly put together a productive season with totals of 10 catches for 153 yards to rank tied for third on the club in receptions and third in receiving yardage. Miller had the most productive game of his career in Cal's most recent contest vs. USC, leading the team with career highs of four receptions and 70 receiving yards. He is the first Golden Bears receiver to make more than three catches in a game this season. After being shut out in the season opener against Maryland, Miller has at least one catch in each of the team's last four games.
Riley Jumps Out to Fast Start
QB Kevin Riley jumped out of the gates in 2009 with three solid performances before suffering through difficult games in each of his past two contests at Oregon (12-31-0-123, 4 sacks) and vs. USC (15-40-1-199, 3 sacks). Despite the back-to-back difficult outings, Riley is fourth in the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (204.0 ypg) and fifth in total offense (205.8 ypg). He is 73-of-142 for 1,020 yards with five touchdowns and only one interception, which didn't come until the fifth game of the season against USC. It broke a string of 118 consecutive passes without an interception dating back to last year. He had a huge season opener against Maryland, completing 17-of-26 passes for 298 yards and a career-high four TDs - the most by a Pac-10 player this season - to earn Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time. Riley's 298 yards in the air were the second-highest total of his career - after the 423 yards at Maryland in 2008. He followed that by completing 13-of-20 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown against Eastern Washington and then going 16-of-25 for 252 yards at Minnesota. Riley had a 59-yard completion to WR Verran Tucker in the first quarter against the Golden Gophers that was the longest passing play of the season for the Bears and hooked up with Tucker again for a 50-yard strike on the first play of the second half at Oregon. He also connected on a pair of clutch throws late in the Minnesota game with the score tied, hitting Jeremy Ross for a 35-yard gain on a 3rd-and-16 situation, and then finding Ross again with a 31-yard strike to set up the go-ahead touchdown.
Scoring Offense Still Ranked Third in Pac-10
Despite scoring only six points in its first two Pac-10 games, Cal still ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring offense with an average of 30.4 points per game and is within striking distance of Pac-10 leader Oregon (32.5 ppg). The team's back-to-back 50-point games in victories over Maryland (52-13) and Eastern Washington (59-7) to open the season marked the first time the Golden Bears had put together consecutive 50-point contests since the 1973 club accomplished the feat with a 51-6 victory over Army on Sept. 29 and a 54-49 win against Washington on Oct. 6. Cal had never before opened a season with back-to-back 50-point games and its combined 91-point margin of victory was also the largest in the first two games in school history.
The Cal offense has posted 30 plays from the line of scrimmage of at least 20 yards in the first five games of 2009. The Bears have had 19 different passing plays go at least 20 yards to nine different receivers (TB Jahvid Best, WR Nyan Boateng, FB Brian Holley, WR Marvin Jones, WR Alex Lagemann, TE Anthony Miller, WR Jeremy Ross, WR Verran Tucker, TB Shane Vereen). On the ground, Best has accounted for eight of the 11 runs for 20 or more yards, while TB Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, WR Jeremy Ross and TB Isi Sofele have one each. On the flip side, Cal's defense has been adept at preventing the big play, with only 19 plays of 20+ yards allowed so far, although 13 have come in the last two contests.
Defense Stopping Opponents Behind Line of Scrimmage
The Cal defense is ranked among Pac-10 and NCAA leaders in sacks (3.0 per game, No. 2 Pac-10, No. 11-T NCAA) and tackles for loss (7.6 per game, No. 3 Pac-10, No. 15 NCAA) as the Bears have recorded totals of 15.0 sacks (108 yards) and 38.0 tackles for loss (148 yards) over the team's first five games of 2009. The Bears opened the season with 6.0 sacks vs. Maryland and also have multiple sack games against Eastern Washington (4.0) and at Minnesota (3.0).
Roughest Pac-10 Start Since 2001
Cal had won six straight Pac-10 openers heading into 2009 but the team's 0-2 start in conference play is its roughest since the 2001 squad lost all eight of its conference games and finished 1-10 overall.
Next Two Games Against Bottom of the Pac
Cal's next two games at UCLA (0-2 Pac-10) and vs. Washington State (0-4 Pac-10) come against the other two teams in the Pac-10 without a conference victory.
Turn On Your Televisions
Seven of Cal's 12 regular-season games have been picked up for television with future selections expected. The Sept. 5 season opener vs. Maryland was shown on ESPN2. Comcast SportsNet California carried the Sept. 12 contest against Eastern Washington. The Sept. 19 game at Minnesota was aired on ESPN. ABC televised the Sept. 26 contest at Oregon, the Oct. 3 home game against USC and will broadcast the Golden Bears again at UCLA this Saturday, Oct. 17. The Golden Bears' regular-season finale at Washington will air on Comcast SportsNet California.
October 24 Washington State Game to Start at 1:30 p.m.
The California-Washington State game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24, will start at 1:30 p.m. The Pac-10 contest will not be televised, breaking a string of 38 consecutive Cal contests that have been on TV. The last time a Cal football game was not televised was a contest at Washington State on Oct. 14, 2006. Cal has had every game televised only twice in school history, in 2007 and again in 2008.
The Tedford Factor
Jeff Tedford has compiled a 62-32 (.660) record as Cal's head coach. Tedford ranks fourth on the school's all-time win list and needs only five more victories to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era and move into third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford is also only six games from becoming the third coach in Cal history to coach 100 games for the Bears with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) the only two to have previously done so. He is on track to coach his 100th Cal game in this year's Big Game at Stanford on Nov. 21. Tedford is 6-1 in Big Games and has also led his teams to school records of six straight bowl games and four consecutive post-season victories, as well as seven consecutive winning campaigns. Since his arrival in 2002, Cal has posted an overall record of 5-1 in bowl games after the Bears had previously earned bowl bids just four times since 1979.
Tedford and the Pac-10
Head coach Jeff Tedford has compiled a 36-25 (.590) mark against Pac-10 opponents after taking over a team in 2002 that had not had a winning conference season since 1991. Tedford's 2006 club shared the Pac-10 crown with USC and six of his first seven teams have placed at least fourth in the final league standings with the 2004 squad taking second.
Cal's school-record six straight bowl appearances and four consecutive bowl wins are listed below.
2003 - Insight Bowl (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49)
2004 - Holiday Bowl (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31)
2005 - Las Vegas Bowl (Cal 35, BYU 28)
2006 - Holiday Bowl (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10)
2007 - Armed Forces Bowl (Cal 42, Air Force 36)
2008 - Emerald Bowl (Cal 24, Miami 17)
Home Sweet Home
California has been both extremely successful and popular with fans at home over the past six seasons (2004-09). During this time period, the Golden Bears have posted an overall record of 29-5 (.853) in Berkeley and have actually put up a 31-5 mark (.861) dating back to the final two home contests of 2003. Cal has also been unbeaten at home three times (2004, '06, '08) under head coach Jeff Tedford and had won nine in a row at home before falling to USC on Oct. 3 - one short of equaling the longest home winning streak since Tedford's arrival in 2002. The Golden Bears' popularity is shown by a current streak of 34 games with at least 50,000-plus fans in attendance at Memorial Stadium over the last six seasons. Cal is on pace to draw 60,000 or more fans per game for the fifth time in six years this season with an average crowd of 64,083 in its first three home contests of 2009, including a sellout of 71,799 vs. USC on Oct. 3. In terms of total numbers, Cal attracted its second-highest total ever in 2008 with 431,437 fans attending seven home dates. Only the 2006 season, which drew 450,223 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest, has had a larger final total home attendance count.
Three Straight Sold-Out Crowds
Cal has played its last three games at Minnesota (50,805), at Oregon (58,975) and vs. USC (71,799) in front of sold-out crowds.
Looking to Equal Consecutive Winning Seasons Streak
Cal has recorded seven consecutive winning seasons (2002-08) to move within one winning campaign of tying the school's football record of eight consecutive winning years from 1918-25. The Bears did record 10 straight winning campaigns from 1907-16 but those were split between rugby (8, 1907-14) and football (2, 1915-16).
Being the Best, Beating the Best
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a Top 10 team and 35-17 when the club is ranked in the Top 25 since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 23 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a respectable 11-12 record in those contests. The Bears do not have any games remaining on their 2009 schedule against teams currently ranked.
Winning Turnover Battle Crucial to Success
Winning the turnover battle has been emphasized since Jeff Tedford's arrival on campus in 2002. The Bears are 37-4 when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 13-20 when opponents win the battle (12-8 when tied). In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 22-2 with a positive margin in turnovers and 7-18 with a deficit, while posting a 7-5 mark when the turnover table is tied. Cal is currently ranked second in the Pac-10 and tied for 10th nationally in turnover margin with a +1.20 average as the Bears have forced 11 turnovers in their first five games and committed only five.
Cal has outscored its opponents 45-10 in the fourth quarter this season and had not allowed a touchdown in the final stanza until giving one up to USC with 5:01 to go in the game on Oct. 3. The Golden Bears held a 7-0 advantage against Maryland, 21-0 in the victory over Eastern Washington and then snapped a 21-21 tie with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns against Minnesota. The Bears did not score at Oregon in the fourth quarter, while the Ducks picked up a field goal to mark the first fourth-quarter points against the Bears in 2009. Cal posted its only points of the game against USC with a fourth-quarter field goal.
Fewest Flags Flying
Cal leads the Pac-10 in fewest yards penalized per game (36.0) with the team's 20 penalties also the lowest in the conference. The Bears have committed five or fewer penalties in each of their first five contests, with no more than 45 yards in penalty yardage in any game.
The Ugly Truth
Cal has been outscored by 66 points (72-6) in its most recent two games - at Oregon on Sept. 26 and vs. USC on Oct. 3. The last time the Bears dropped back-to-back games by more combined points came in 2001 when Cal lost a home game to Oregon (48-7) and a road contest at UCLA (56-17) by a combined 80 points (104-20).
Seven Straight 1,000-Yard Rushers
TB Jahvid Best's 1,580 yards rushing in 2008 ranked second all-time at Cal and marked the seventh consecutive season in which a Golden Bear running back has gained over 1,000 yards on the ground. Best is already over halfway to making it eight straight seasons with a current five-game 2009 total of 514 rushing yards. Cal is one of only three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to have current seven-year streaks, along with Missouri and New Mexico. The Golden Bears are also nearing USC's record 10-year run of 1,000-yard rushers from 1972-81. TB Joe Igber started the current trend in 2002 when he became the first Cal player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in nine years.
Cal's 1,000-Yard Rushers Since 2002
Year - Player (Yards)
2008 - Jahvid Best (1,580)
2007 - Justin Forsett (1,546)
2006 - Marshawn Lynch (1,356)
2005 - Marshawn Lynch (1,246)
2004 - J.J. Arrington (2,018)
2003 - Adimchinobe Echemandu (1,195)
2002 - Joe Igber (1,130)
Cal has two new coaches on board in 2009 with the addition of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig and offensive line coach Steve Marshall. Ludwig had been the offensive coordinator at Utah for the past four seasons, leading one of the best offenses in the country that was largely responsible for a 13-0 record in 2008, the country's only unbeaten mark by a Football Bowl Subdivision team, and a No. 2 final national ranking. Marshall most recently coached for six seasons in the NFL with the Houston Texans (2002-05) and Cleveland Browns (2007-08).
Cal Picked Second in Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll
California was picked to finish second in the 2009 Pac-10 preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league for the fifth time in the last six years. USC was the media's preseason choice to win the conference title for an eighth consecutive season (Cal shared the conference crown in 2006). The Trojans were listed in the top spot by 28 of the 32 voters participating in the poll, while Cal claimed three of the four other first-place votes. Oregon (one first-place vote) was picked third and followed by Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Washington State.
Cal has had 74 players claim Pac-10 All-Academic honors in the first seven seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford. Last year, C Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (since renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete.
Three Former Cal Football Players Land Jobs in the UFL
Three former Cal football players are currently on rosters for the inaugural 2009 season of the United Football League. G Erik Robertson is suiting up for the New York Sentinels, while both LS Nick Sundberg and LB Worrell Williams are members of the California Redwoods. The four-team UFL began Oct. 8 and will play a six-game regular season schedule in its first year of action.
Cal Connections to UCLA/Los Angeles Area
Eight players - LB Keith Browner, DB Chris Conte, LB Ryan Davis, DB Darian Hagan, LB Robert Mullins, LS Clark Porter (Pacific Palisades, CA), OL Mitchell Schwartz (Pacific Palisades, CA), TE Eric Stevens (San Pedro, CA) - list Los Angeles or one of its districts as their hometown
Another six players - LB D.J. Holt (Santa Clarita, CA), LS Brandon Madueno (West Covina, CA), DB Vachel Samuels (Lynwood, CA), P Ryan Theimer (Monrovia, CA), WR Verran Tucker (Torrance, CA) and TB Shane Vereen (Valencia, CA) - have hometowns within Los Angeles County
Offensive line coach Steve Marshall spent one season (1996) coaching the offensive line at UCLA
Head coach Jeff Tedford's hometown is the Los Angeles County city of Downey, CA
Offense Quick Notes
Cal has averaged at least 30.0 points per game in six of the last seven years and has started its 2009 campaign by averaging 30.4 points in its first four contests.
Cal has won 25 straight games in which the Bears have scored 30 or more points and have now scored 30 or more points 52 times in the Jeff Tedford era, posting a 48-4 record in those contests.
Cal posted at least 400 yards of total offense in its first three games of 2009 before averaging only 246.0 yards of total offense in its last two contests.
Cal has spread the wealth around in its passing game, connecting with a total of 11 different receivers in its first five contests with all 11 having a catch of at least 10 yards and nine of the 11 picking up a reception for 20 or more yards.
The 59-yard pass play from QB Kevin Riley to WR Verran Tucker in the first quarter at Minnesota was the team's longest pass play of the season, while TB Jahvid Best's 73-yard TD run on his second carry and the team's second rushing play of the season is its longest in 2009.
Cal had its longest drives of the season in both yards and time at Minnesota. Cal's second drive of the game went a season-long 86 yards on only three plays with TB Jahvid Best scoring on a 2-yard run to cap the drive. The key play was a 59-yard hookup between QB Kevin Riley and WR Verran Tucker after Best had run for 25 yards on the first play of the drive. On Cal's first drive of the second quarter, the Bears held onto the ball for 5:34 (11 plays, 41 yards) before coming away empty on a missed 47-yard field goal by Vince D'Amato.
Cal's longest drive of the season in plays came against USC when the Golden Bears went 57 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter before eventually losing possession on downs at the Trojans 18-yard line.
Defense Quick Notes
LB Mike Mohamed had two picks at Minnesota (both in the second half) for his first career multi-interception contest.
Cal's defense has allowed only five rushing touchdowns this season.
Cal has had a total of 19 different players contribute to its total of 38.0 tackles for loss and eight different players have taken part in the team's 15.0 sacks.
Cal forced a season-high four fumbles and recovered a season-best three at Oregon.
Special Teams Quick Notes
KR Shane Vereen has posted back-to-back career-highs in kick return yardage, posting career-highs in both kick returns (6) and kick return yardage (127) in Cal's most recent game vs. USC, after having returned three for a then career-high 114 yards at Oregon on Sept. 26 with his 44-yard return in the second quarter against the Ducks the longest of his career.
P Bryan Anger has punted a season-high-tying seven times in each of Cal's last two contests and 20 times in the last three games.
Cal Sports Report
The Cal Sports Report will be broadcast this week on Comcast SportsNet California on Thursday, Oct. 15 (8:00 p.m. PT) and Friday, Oct. 16 (4:00 p.m. PT). The one-hour television program produced by Cal Athletics is hosted by Todd McKim and Kate Scott.
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