Cal Football Postgame Notes - vs. Washington State (Saturday, October 24)
The Bears scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the fourth time this season (also vs. Eastern Washington, at Minnesota and at UCLA) and ended the first quarter with 28 points, the most scored by Cal in a first quarter since Sept. 22, 2007, vs. Arizona, and a tie for third-most first-quarter points in school history.
The TD reception by Jahvid Best on Cal's first drive ended the Bears' fastest scoring drive of the year at 52 seconds, the fastest since Best scored on an 80-yard TD to start last year's game at Washington State (11 seconds).
QB Kevin Riley began his game 3-of-3 for 85 yards and three touchdowns and finished 12-for-18 and 229 yards. His start to today's game is believed to be the first in school history in which a Cal QB either began a game with three straight TD passes or threw TDs on three straight passes. Today also marked Riley's second straight game with three TD tosses.
Riley connected with WR Jeremy Ross for a 61-yard gain in the 3rd quarter, a career long for Ross and season long for Riley.
TB Jahvid Best finished the WSU contest with a season-high 159 yards on the ground, bettering his 144-yard rushing mark vs. Eastern Washington. He now has a seven-game season total of 775 on 114 carries (6.79 ypc). It marks his 13th career 100-yard game and fifth of season. He needs one more 100-yard game to tie J.J. Arrington for fifth all-time at Cal. He now has 14 touchdowns on the year (11 rushing, 3 receiving) for a scoring average of 12.0 ppg.
In Cal's all-time record book, Best now has 28 rushing TDs (4th), 13 100-yard games (13th), 2,576 rushing yards (8th), 3,743 all-purpose yards (8th) and 196 points (9th)
WR/KR Jeremy Ross had a career-high team season-high 54-yard kickoff return to open the game. Later in the first quarter he returned a punt a career-best 72 yards for a touchdown, his first score of the season and second of his career. It was the first punt-return TD for Cal since Syd'Quan Thompson had a 73-yard TD return last year vs. Colorado State (Sept. 27), and the longest punt return by the Bears since DeSean Jackson's 77-yard return vs. Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2007.
Ross also finished the game with a career-best 61-yard reception, for a career-high total of 228 all-purpose yards (61 rec, 92 punt ret, 75 kick ret). His previous high was 141 yards on Oct. 18, 2008, at Arizona.
The Bears had eight plays of 20+ yards today, bringing their season total to 46 (27 rec, 18 rush, 1 PR).
WR Marvin Jones caught his fourth touchdown of the season and leads the team in TD catches this year.
Cal's offense entered today's contest leading the Pac-10 in scoring and exits the day averaging 35.14 points per game.
LB Mike Mohamed recorded 12 tackles and continues to lead the team with 62. He entered the game with a Pac-10-leading 8.33 per game.
The Bears yielded 55 yards rushing to the Cougars.
With today's win, the Bears' sixth in a row over the Cougars dating back to a home victory on Oct. 22, 2005, Cal increases its lead over Washington State in the all-time series to 41-25-5. WSU's last win over Cal came at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28, 2002.
Jeff Tedford has now compiled a 64-32 (.666) record as Cal's head coach, ranking him fourth on the school's all-time win list with only three 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 four games from becoming only 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. Tedford now has a 38-25 (.603) mark against Pac-10 opponents.
Redshirt-freshman FB Eric Stevens returned his first career kickoff near the end of the first half, advancing the ball 11 yards. The brother of former Cal and current Tennessee Titan TE Craig Stevens also made two special teams tackles.
Since 2004, Cal has posted a 30-5 (.857) record at home.
The 68-yard TD reception by Washington State's Johnny Foranzi from Jeff Tuel is the longest pass play yielded by the Bears this season.
The Bears dominated much of the first half but possessed the ball almost five fewer minutes than the Cougars (17:24 vs. 12:36), and ended the game with a time-of-possession imbalance of 27:56 vs. 32:04 for WSU.
Cal marched 11.2 yards per play in the first half and ended the game at 9.3 ypp.
Cal's 35 points in the first half tied for the most scored by the Bears in a half this year (also 35 scored twice before in 2009, in second half vs. Eastern Washington and first half at UCLA).
Today's attendance of 54, 738 marked the 35th game of over 50,000 fans at Memorial Stadium over the past six seasons.
Next week's Cal opponent, Arizona State, had a later start for its game at Stanford, with kickoff at 7:25 p.m. PT. Jeff Tedford will travel to Tempe with a 5-1 coaching record against the Sun Devils. The all-time series between Cal and ASU stands tied at 14-14.