Cal Returns Home Saturday to Take on Oregon State
Nov. 2, 2009
2009 Cal Football
2009 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m. (PT)
California (6-2, 3-2 Pac-10) vs. Arizona State (5-3, 3-2 Pac-10)
Berkeley, Calif. - Memorial Stadium
TV: Fox Sports Net (locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area) - Steve Physioc (Play-By-Play), Mike Pawlowski (Analyst), Drea Avent (Sideline)
Radio: *Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline). *Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show. The postgame show includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the 'Postgame at the Paragon' program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Kate Scott.. 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 (UPDATE): KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Jon Doss, Danny Freisinger. Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channels 216 (Sirius) and 194 (XM).
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GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 65-32/8th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 61
Series Record: Cal leads, 33-28-0
First Meeting: 10/25/1905, 10-0 Cal
Last Meeting: 11/15/08, OSU 34-21
Current Streak: OSU win two
Tedford vs. OSU: 2-5
Kickoff - Oregon State at California (Saturday, Nov. 7) After dropping the first two games of its Pac-10 schedule at Oregon and vs. USC, the Bears are back to their winning ways with a current three-game victory streak. Cal dominated in triumphs at UCLA (45-26) and vs. Washington State (49-17) to start the run, and last Saturday pulled out a 23-21 win at Arizona State after Giorgio Tavecchio connected on a 24-yard field goal with 0:21 remaining to cap a 74-yard drive on the Bears' final possession. The Golden Bears rank second in the Pac-10 and No. 18 nationally in scoring offense with an average of 33.63 points per game. Cal's lofty ranking comes despite a total of only six points in the back-to-back losses at Oregon and vs. USC. The Bears are averaging 43.8 points per contest in their six victories. Big plays have been the story all season for Cal with 51 (33 passes, 18 rushes) going for at least 20 yards, 16 of which have been for touchdowns. Oregon State, which won three of its four October games after dropping its final two contests of the previous month, is coming off a 26-19 home victory over UCLA in its most recent game last Saturday. The team's only October loss came at USC with a hard-fought 42-36 defeat at the hands of the Trojans, while OSU took down Stanford (38-28) and Arizona State (28-17) earlier in the month. Oregon State features a pass offense that leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 22 in the nation with an average of 272.13 yards per contest. Cal-Oregon State Series Notes Cal Listed in AP, BCS and USA Today Rankings Cal in the 2009 National Rankings Simply The Best - Cal's Jahvid Best Jahvid Best Rushing at Cal 2009 Jahvid Best Game-By-Game (Att-Yds-TD) Jahvid Best in the Cal Career Record Book 100-Yard Games Rushing Yards Scoring Three Wins In A Row for Second Time this Season Offense Racking Up Points and Yards Comparing Cal's Offensive Stats in Wins, Losses Big-Play Bears Riley Back on Track, Now Leads Pac-10 in TD Passes 2009 Kevin Riley Game-By-Game Passing Mohamed Extends Pac-10 Tackle Lead Jones Remains Reception Leader Anger Key during Three-Game Win Streak Offensive Rushing Near 200 Yards Per Game New Television Streak Started The Tedford Factor Tedford and the Pac-10 Bowling Bears 2003 - Insight Bowl (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49) Final Two Home Games of Season Open November Big Improvement on the Road Three Sellouts this Season Looking to Equal Consecutive Winning Seasons Streak Being the Best, Beating the Best Cal Leading Pac-10 in Turnover Margin, Tied for No. 9 NCAA Both Cal and Oregon State Fast Starters Cal's Fourth-Quarter Dominance Cal In The Fourth Quarter Lack of Close Games Two Games to Forget About Seven Straight 1,000-Yard Rushers Cal's 1,000-Yard Rushers Since 2002 Academic Prowess Cal's State of Oregon Connections Offense Quick Notes Defense Quick Notes Special Teams Quick Notes Cal Sports Report
California (6-2, 2-2 Pac-10) returns home to host Oregon State (5-3, 3-2 Pac-10) at Memorial Stadium this Saturday, Nov. 7 (4 p.m. PT). The nationally televised Fox Sports Net matchup (locally on CSN Bay Area) is the first of two straight contests at Memorial Stadium that will wrap up the 2009 home slate for the Golden Bears.
Cal leads the all-time series, 33-28, but Oregon State has won eight of the last 10 games between the teams, two in a row overall and four straight at Memorial Stadium. Calk's most recent victory in the series in Berkeley came on Nov. 1, 1997 (33-14). The last time the clubs played at Cal on Oct. 13, 2007, the Bears were on the cusp of becoming the nation's No. 1 team before the clock ran out with Cal on the OSU 10-yard line for a 31-28 defeat. Last year, the Beavers were a 34-21 winner in Corvallis, where Cal prevailed in both 2004 (49-7) and '06 (41-13).
Cal is listed among the nation's Top 25 teams in the latest BCS (No. 20), AP (No. 23) and USA Today (No. 23) rankings released on Sunday, Nov. 1. Cal had been at No. 24 on the BCS the previous week and among those receiving votes from both AP and the USA Today. Cal was the nation's No. 12 team in both the AP and USA Today rankings in the preseason and had risen six spots to No. 6 in both on Sept. 20 after a 3-0 start before falling out of both polls after back-to-back losses at Oregon (Sept. 26) and vs. USC (Oct. 3).
Date AP USA BCS Date AP USA BCSPreseason 12 12 --- Oct. 4 NR NR ---Sept. 8 10 10 --- Oct. 11 NR NR ---Sept. 13 8 7 --- Oct. 18 NR NR NRSept. 20 6 6 --- Oct. 25 NR NR 24Sept. 27 24 19 --- Nov. 1 23 23 20
TB Jahvid Best has been one of the nation's top running backs through the first eight games of the 2009 season. He has 838 rushing yards on 132 carries for an average of 6.3 yards per attempt and 104.8 yards per game. Best, who needs just 162 yards to give Cal a 1,000-yard rusher for the eighth consecutive year, also has 15 touchdowns overall (11 rushing, 4 receiving), moving to within three TDs of the all-time record (18, Duke Morrison, 1922) and two of the modern-era record (17, Lindsey Chapman, 1993). His 11 TDs on the ground are only four shy of the single-season record of 15 he equaled last year. Best set a single-game school record with five rushing TDs, to go along with 131 yards on the ground on a career-high 26 carries at Minnesota on Sept. 19. Best is among NCAA and Pac-10 leaders in several categories, including a scoring average of 11.25, tied for second nationally and tied for first in the NCAA. He is also fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing and No. 21 in the nation with his 104.75 yard-per game average, and No. 13 in the conference in total offense. In addition, he is sixth in the conference in all-purpose running with an average of 134.12 yards per game (1073 total - 838 rush, 217 receive, 18 kick return). Best is among Cal's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (28, No. 4), all-purpose running (4,020, No. 5), 100-yard rushing games (13, No. 6), rushing yardage (2,639, No. 7), and points scored (204, No. 9). Best also has three career 200-yard games (most ever by a Cal player) and has put his big-play capability on full display throughout his career with a total 34 rushes of 20+ yards, to go along with 11 of 60+ yards and four of 80 or more. He has 12 runs of 20 or more yards this fall, including three touchdown jaunts of over 60 yards (93 at UCLA; 73 vs. Maryland, 61 vs. Washington State).
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 8 132 838 11 93 6.3 104.8Totals 30 355 2639 28 93 7.4 88.0
Game Rush Receive Game Rush ReceiveMaryland 10-137-2 2-23-0 USC 14-47-0 2-5-0E. Wash 17-144-1 2-19-1 at UCLA 18-102-1 2-51-1at Minn. 26-131-5 3-17-0 Wash. St. 13-159-2 1-27-1at Oregon 16-55-0 2-14-0 at ASU 18-63-0 7-61-1
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) - 13
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. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 2639
1. Doug Brien (1991-93) - 288
2. Duke Morrison (1920-22) - 277
3. Jim Breech (1974-77) - 260
4. Tom Schneider (2004-06) - 257
5T. Mark Jensen (1999-02) - 244
5T. Robbie Keen (1987-90) - 244
7. Russell White (1990-92) - 242
8. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 224
9. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 204
Cal's current three-game win streak (at UCLA, Washington, at Arizona State) marks its second three-game run of the season. The Bears opened the campaign at 3-0 with home victories over Maryland and Eastern Washington before a road win at Minnesota. Cal has not posted two winning streaks of at least three games in a season since the 2004 club won its first three games before losing once, and then peeled off seven straight victories to close the regular season.
Cal is second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (33.6 ppg) and third in total offense (427.38). In the team's six wins this season, Cal is averaging 43.8 points per outing to offset the combined six points the Golden Bears scored in their two defeats. The team started the campaign with back-to-back 50-point games in victories over Maryland (52-13) and Eastern Washington (59-7) to mark 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. In addition, Cal defeated Washington State, 49-17, on Oct. 24 to fall just one point short of its first season with three games of scoring at least 50 points since the 1922 squad accomplished the feat. Cal has won its last 27 games when the Bears score at least 30 points. The Bears' 427.4 yards per game of total offense marks their best season since the 2004 club averaged 492.4 yards per contest. Cal has gone over 400 yards of total offensive six times in 2009 and been over 500 twice.
Category Wins LossesPoints Per Game 43.8 3.0Rushing Yards per game 234.3 81.5Passing Yards per game 253.5 164.5Total Offense per game 487.8 246.0
The Cal offense has posted 51 plays from the line of scrimmage of at least 20 yards in the first eight games of 2009. The Bears have had 33 different passing plays go at least 20 yards to nine different receivers (WR Marvin Jones - 8, TE Anthony Miller - 6, WR Jeremy Ross - 5, TB Jahvid Best - 3, WR Verran Tucker - 3, TB Shane Vereen - 3, WR Nyan Boateng - 2, FB Brian Holley - 2, WR Alex Lagemann - 1). On the ground, Best has accounted for 12 of the 18 runs for 20 or more yards, while Vereen and TB Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson have two each, and TB Isi Sofele and Ross one apiece. During one stretch, Cal scored 11 consecutive touchdowns on plays of at least 20 yards (all six at UCLA, first five vs. Washington State). Of the 11 touchdowns, seven came on plays of at least 40 yards and five on plays of at least 51 yards. The string of long scores also included a 68-yard interception return by LB Mychal Kendricks at UCLA and a 76-yard punt return from Ross against WSU.
QB Kevin Riley has completed 53-of-85 passes (62.4%) for 785 yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception to compile a 168.64 passer efficiency rating during Cal's current three-game win streak. He put up his biggest numbers of the season in Cal's most recent victory at Arizona State (27-44-351-2 TD). In losses at Oregon and vs. USC, Riley was a combined 27-of-71 with no TDs and one interception for a 73.31 passer efficiency rating. Overall, Riley is fifth in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency (139.4 ypg) and total offense (233.0 ypg), as well as sixth in passing yards per game (225.6 ypg). This season, he is 126-of-227 (55.5%) for a career-high 1,805 yards and has tossed a Pac-10 high 13 touchdown passes with only two interceptions.
Game C-A-I-Yds-TD Game C-A-I-Yds-TDMaryland 17-26-0-298-4 USC 15-40-1-199-0E. Was. 13-20-0-148-1 at UCLA 14-23-0-205-3at Minn. 16-25-0-252-0 Wash. St. 12-18-1-229-3at Oregon 12-31-0-123-0 at ASU 27-44-0-351-2
One week after taking over the Pac-10 lead in tackles, LB Mike Mohamed extended his margin over his closest competitors by recording 12 stops (11 solo) at Arizona State to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time this season and second time of his career. Mohamed now has a season total of 74 tackles for an average of 9.2 stops per game - nine more tackles than the 65 by Washington's Donald Butler and an average of 1.1 tackles per game better than USC's Taylor Mays and Butler (both 8.1). Mohamed has led or co-led Cal in tackles in each of the last five contests, including a season-high-tying 12 in each of his two most recent outings vs. Washington State and at Arizona State. Mohamed, who tied for second on the squad last year with 87 tackles despite playing mostly as a reserve, has recorded 54 tackles in the last five games for a per game average of 10.8 stops over those contests. He also had a pair of interceptions at Minnesota and is the only Cal player with more than one interception in 2009.
WR Marvin Jones leads the team in receptions (22), receiving yards (366) and receiving touchdowns (5). Jones had the biggest game of his career at UCLA on Oct. 17, when he set new personal highs for both receptions (4) and receiving yards (89), and recorded the first multiple-touchdown game of his career with a pair of first-half TD grabs. He has at least three receptions in six of the team's eight games and has led the squad in catches on four occasions. Over his last three contests, Jones has combined for 11 receptions for 195 yards and four scores, with at least one TD in each contest.
P Bryan Anger has averaged 48.3 yards per punt over 16 attempts during the team's current three-game win streak with eight of his last 16 punts going at least 50 yards. The 2009 Ray Guy Award candidate has racked up honors during the stretch, winning a College Football Performance Award as Punter Performer of the Week (10/17), CFPA Punter Performer of the Week (10/31) and the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week (10/17).
Cal is now averaging just under 200 yards per game on the ground (196.1) after being held to a season-low 57 in its most recent game at Arizona State, the Pac-10 leader and fourth nationally in rush defense. Cal has hit the 200-yard mark four times in the first eight contests (vs. Maryland, vs. Eastern Washington, at UCLA, vs. Washington State) with a season high of 342 against Eastern Washington and another 300-yard plus effort vs. Washington State (309). The Bears have not averaged 200.0 or more yards per game since the 2004 and '05 clubs averaged 256.8 and 235.2, respectively, which broke a 28-year drought of hitting the mark. Cal's 196.1 rushing yards per game is third in the Pac-10. The Bears led the conference in rushing in both 2003 and '04, the only two times they've been atop the league since 1958.
Cal's string of 38 consecutive televised contests was broken on Oct. 24 when the Cal-Washington State game not televised, but the Bears started a new streak when ABC televised its most recent game at Arizona State. Prior to this year's Washington State contest, the last time a Cal football game had not been telecast live was at Washington State on Oct. 14, 2006. Cal has had every game during a season televised only twice in school history, in 2007 and again in '08. To date, 10 of Cal's 12 regular-season games have been picked up for television, including its next game against Oregon State at Memorial Stadium on a Fox Sports Net national broadcast (aired locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area). Cal's regular-season finale at Washington will air on Comcast SportsNet California (3:30 p.m. PT). A total of 83 games (including the upcoming games against Oregon State and Arizona) have been televised over the last eight season and a potential television selection is still pending for the Big Game at Stanford (Nov. 21).
Jeff Tedford has compiled a 65-32 (.670) record as Cal's head coach. Tedford ranks fourth on the school's all-time win list and needs only two 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 place on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford has coached 97 career games at Cal and is only three from becoming the third person in Cal history to coach 100 games 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 (5-1 record) and four consecutive post-season victories, as well as seven consecutive winning campaigns. The team has been bowl-eligible for each of the last eight years, also a school record with the six-plus wins for eight consecutive campaigns tying a school mark.
Head coach Jeff Tedford has compiled a 39-25 (.609) mark against Pac-10 opponents after taking over a team in 2002 that had not had a winning season in conference play since 1991. Tedford's 2006 club shared the Pac-10 crown with USC and six of his first seven teams (2002-08) placed at least fourth in the final league standings with the 2004 squad taking second (the 2009 club is currently tied for fourth). No Cal coach has won at least 60 percent of his conference games since Pappy Waldorf was 40-21-4 (.646) from 1947-56.
Cal became bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive season after its 23-21 win at Arizona State on Oct. 31. Cal was bowl eligible in 2002 with a 7-5 record in Tedford's first season as head coach but was not selected for a bowl. Cal's school-record six straight bowl appearances and four consecutive bowl wins since are listed below.
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)
Cal's home games against Oregon State (Nov. 7) and Arizona (Nov. 14) are the final two of the season at Memorial Stadium, where the Bears have been both extremely successful and popular over the past six campaigns (2004-09). During this time period, Cal has posted an overall record of 30-5 (.857) in Berkeley and has actually put up a 32-5 mark (.865) dating back to the final two home contests of 2003. Cal has been unbeaten at home three times (2004, '06, '08) under head coach Jeff Tedford and has won 10 its last 11 at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears' popularity is shown by a current streak of 35 games with at least 50,000-plus fans in attendance at Memorial Stadium for every contest 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 61,747 in its first four dates 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.
Cal will be at home for its next two games, but when the Bears head back on the road for their final two contests, they will embark with a 3-1 mark in their first four, with victories at Minnesota (Sept. 19), UCLA (Oct. 17) and Arizona State (Oct. 31) sandwiched around a loss at Oregon (Sept. 26). Cal hasn't had a winning road record since 2005 when the Bears were 3-2. The club was 1-4 on the road last year and 2-4 in 2007. During one stretch spanning both seasons, the Bears lost eight of nine road contests.
Cal played three consecutive games in front of sold-out crowds at Minnesota (50,805), at Oregon (58,975) and vs. USC (71,799). Overall, Cal has drawn 467,743 fans to its first eight games this season, averaging 58,468 spectators per contest (61,747 for four home dates; 55,189 for four road contests).
Cal needs one more victory to run its string of consecutive winning seasons to eight and equal the school record of eight straight winning campaigns from 1918-25. The Bears did record 10 straight winning seasons from 1907-16 but those were split between rugby (8, 1907-14) and football (2, 1915-16). The Bears tied a school record with their six win of 2009 at Arizona State on Oct. 31, matching two previous stretches (1918-25, 1931-38) in which the team won at least six games for eight consecutive seasons.
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, which just moved back into the AP and USA Today Top 25 rankings at No. 23 in both polls this week, has played 23 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a respectable 11-12 record in those contests. The Bears have one game remaining on their 2009 schedule against a team currently ranked in either poll when they host Arizona (No. 21 AP/No. 19 USA Today) in their home finale on Nov. 14.
Winning the turnover battle has been emphasized since Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and the Golden Bears are having another excellent season in 2009, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 9 nationally with a +1.00 margin (16 takeaways, 8 turnovers). The Bears are 38-4 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 14-20 when opponents win the battle (13-8 when tied). In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 23-2 with a positive margin in turnovers and 8-18 with a deficit, while posting an 8-5 mark when the turnover table is tied. The school record for fewest turnovers in a full season is 18, which was set in 1964 and matched under Tedford teams in 2002 and '04. Cal is 5-1 when winning the turnover battle this year and 1-1 when it loses.
Cal and Oregon State have both jumped on teams early this season with the Bears holding a 94-33 advantage on its opponents in the first quarter, while the Beavers have scored 64 points in the first period and allowed only 17.
Cal has outscored its opponents 62-17 in the fourth quarter this season.
Sept. 5 - Maryland (Cal 7-0)
Sept. 12 - Eastern Washington (Cal 21-0)
Sept. 19 - at Minnesota (Cal 14-0)
Sept. 26 - at Oregon (Oregon 3-0)
Oct. 3 - USC (USC 7-3)
Oct. 17 - at UCLA (Cal 7-0)
Oct. 24 - vs. Washington State (Cal 7-0)
Oct. 31 - at Arizona State (ASU 7-3)
Seven of Cal's eight games have been decided by at least 14 points with the only exception coming with last Saturday's 23-21 thrilling victory at Arizona State on a Giorgio Tavecchio 24-yard field goal with 0:21 remaining. On the Bears' final drive, Kevin Riley completed 5-of-6 passes for 85 yards, including a 26-yard completion on a 1st-and-25 situation following a facemask penalty. The kick by Tavecchio was the first game-winner of his career at any level.
Cal was outscored by 66 points (72-6) in back-to-back games at Oregon on Sept. 26 (3-42) and vs. USC on Oct. 3 (3-30). 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).
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 closing in on the 1,000-yard mark again in 2009 with a current eight-game total of 838 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.
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 had 74 players earn Pac-10 All-Academic honors in the first seven years under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during the span. Last year, C Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete.
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford spent four seasons as the offensive coordinator at Oregon State's in-state rival Oregon from 1998-2001 and helped lead the Ducks to four bowl games, three post-season wins, the best overall record (38-10) in the Pac-10 during the period and a No. 2 national ranking at the end of his last season in 2001.
Cal offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach with Andy Ludwig spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator for Oregon from 2002-04.
Cal defensive coordinator Bob Gregory worked with Tedford at Oregon from 1998-2000 when he was the team's defensive backs coach, before Tedford brought him to Cal to become the Golden Bears defensive coordinator in 2002.
Cal associate head coach/running backs coach Ron Gould played collegiately for Oregon for one season in 1987.
Two Cal players - QB Kevin Riley (Portland, OR/Beaverton HS) and OL Charles Siddoway (Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS) - claim cities in Oregon for their hometown.
Offensive administrative assistant Brendan Ferrigno played four seasons as a wide receiver at Portland State and graduated from the school in 2007.
Video coordinator Matt Fox spent two seasons (1999-2000) as a student assistant in the video office at Oregon and graduated from the school in 2001.
Head equipment manager Ed Garland served for 16 years as an assistant equipment manager at Oregon after one season as an assistant equipment manager for the Portland Breakers of the USFL in 1985. Garland is a native of Vale, Ore., and graduated from Oregon in 1987.
Recruiting assistant Kevin Parker played tailback and wide receiver at Oregon, and was twice named the Ducks' Most Inspirational Player before graduating from the school in 1999.
Cal has averaged at least 30.0 points per game in six of the last seven years and is currently averaging 33.6 points per game in its first eight contests of 2009 to rank second in the Pac-10 and No. 18 nationally.
Cal has won 27 straight games in which the Bears have scored 30 or more points and has scored 30 or more points 54 times in the Jeff Tedford era, posting a 50-4 record in those contests.
Cal has posted at least 400 yards of total offense in six of its first eight games in 2009 and has been over 500 yards twice. The Bears are averaging 427.4 yards per contest, which is up from 376.0 in 2008 and the most since the club averaged 492.4 yards per game in 2004.
Cal has spread the wealth around in its passing game, connecting with a total of 14 different receivers in its first eight contests with a season-high 11 of the receivers making at least one catch vs. Washington State.
TB Jahvid Best's 93-yard run at UCLA was the longest of his career and the third-longest in school history, while the 61-yard pass play from QB Kevin Riley to WR Jeremy Ross in the third quarter vs. Washington State was the team's longest pass play of the season.
Cal's longest two drives of the season in yards both came in the second quarter at UCLA with TB Jahvid Best scoring touchdowns to cap both drives. The Bears moved a season-best 94 yards on six plays with Best's career-long 51-yard touchdown reception from QB Kevin Riley capping the drive. Two Bears' drives later, Best's 93-yard touchdown run was part of a two-play, 91-yard drive. The team's longest drive of the season in terms of time came when Cal held onto the ball for 5:34 (11 plays, 41 yards) on the first drive of the second quarter at Minnesota before coming away empty on a missed 47-yard field goal attempt by Vince D'Amato. Cal's longest drive of the season in terms of 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.
Cal has scored a touchdown on its opening drive four times in 2009 (vs. Eastern Washington, at Minnesota, at UCLA, vs. Washington State).
Cal's victory at Arizona State was its first when TB Jahvid Best (63 yards) was held under 100 yards since the Bears defeated Oregon, 26-16, on Nov. 1, 2008, when Best totaled 93 yards. Cal had lost each of the subsequent three games in which Best was held under 100 yards rushing.
Cal scored touchdowns the first four times it had the ball (includes a Jeremy Ross 76-yard TD on a punt return) against Washington State.
Cal scored only 52 seconds into the game against Washington State to mark the quickest the Bears have scored in a game since scoring only 11 seconds into their game at Washington State on Sept. 6, 2008. TB Jahvid Best recorded both touchdowns, catching a 27-yard TD pass from QB Kevin Riley this year after reaching the end zone on an 80-yard run in 2008.
Cal scored a season-high-tying 35 points in the first half in back-to-back games at UCLA and vs. Washington State.
Cal had a season-high 28 first downs against Washington State.
Cal's 28 first-quarter points vs. Washington State were the most the Bears have scored in the first quarter since they also scored 28 against Arizona on Sept. 22, 2007.
Cal's defense has stiffened up near its own end zone in 2009, allowing just 11 touchdowns on 24 visits to the end zone by its opponents (46%).
Pac-10 tackles leader LB Mike Mohamed had two picks at Minnesota (both in the second half) for his first career multi-interception contest and the only one by a Cal player in 2009.
Cal has had a total of 20 different players contribute to its total of 52.0 tackles for loss and 10 different players have taken part in the team's 23.0 sacks, but had its least effective game in the opponents' backfield in its most recent contest at Arizona State with 1.0 TFL by Kendrick Payne the only loss of yardage stat recorded by the Cal defense.
Cal has held three of its 2009 opponents (Maryland, Eastern Washington, Washington State) to 55 or fewer yards on the ground and four (add Arizona State) under 100.
Cal forced a season-high four fumbles and recovered a season-best three at Oregon.
P Bryan Anger has punted the ball at least 50 yards on eight of his last 16 punts, and averaged 50.0 yards or more in two of his last three games, including a season-best 53.0 on five punts in his most recent contest at Arizona State.
WR/RET Jeremy Ross had two huge returns in the win over Washington State and was rewarded by being selected a College Football Performance Awards Punt Returner Performer of the Week. Ross had a career-best 76-yard punt return for his first career return touchdown in the first quarter after having taken the game's opening kickoff a career-best 54 yards. Both returns were the longest by a Cal player in 2009.
FB Eric Stevens returned the first kick of his career against Washington State, bringing the ball back 11 yards.
Cal had a season-high 92 punt return yards against Washington State.
The Cal Sports Report will air this week on Comcast SportsNet California on Thursday, Nov. 5 (8:00 p.m. PT) and Friday, Nov. 6 (5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. PT). The one-hour television program is hosted by Todd McKim and Kate Scott. This week's show includes a preview of the Oregon State game, a review of last Saturday's win at Arizona State, features on TB Shane Vereen and Cal Olympic men's swimmer Damir Dugonjic, and a recap of Cal's volleyball split with UCLA (loss) and USC (win) last Friday and Saturday.
After dropping the first two games of its Pac-10 schedule at Oregon and vs. USC, the Bears are back to their winning ways with a current three-game victory streak. Cal dominated in triumphs at UCLA (45-26) and vs. Washington State (49-17) to start the run, and last Saturday pulled out a 23-21 win at Arizona State after Giorgio Tavecchio connected on a 24-yard field goal with 0:21 remaining to cap a 74-yard drive on the Bears' final possession.
The Golden Bears rank second in the Pac-10 and No. 18 nationally in scoring offense with an average of 33.63 points per game. Cal's lofty ranking comes despite a total of only six points in the back-to-back losses at Oregon and vs. USC. The Bears are averaging 43.8 points per contest in their six victories.
Big plays have been the story all season for Cal with 51 (33 passes, 18 rushes) going for at least 20 yards, 16 of which have been for touchdowns.
Oregon State, which won three of its four October games after dropping its final two contests of the previous month, is coming off a 26-19 home victory over UCLA in its most recent game last Saturday. The team's only October loss came at USC with a hard-fought 42-36 defeat at the hands of the Trojans, while OSU took down Stanford (38-28) and Arizona State (28-17) earlier in the month.
Oregon State features a pass offense that leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 22 in the nation with an average of 272.13 yards per contest.
Cal-Oregon State Series Notes
Cal Listed in AP, BCS and USA Today Rankings
Cal in the 2009 National Rankings
Simply The Best - Cal's Jahvid Best
Jahvid Best Rushing at Cal
2009 Jahvid Best Game-By-Game (Att-Yds-TD)
Jahvid Best in the Cal Career Record Book
Three Wins In A Row for Second Time this Season
Offense Racking Up Points and Yards
Comparing Cal's Offensive Stats in Wins, Losses
Riley Back on Track, Now Leads Pac-10 in TD Passes
2009 Kevin Riley Game-By-Game Passing
Mohamed Extends Pac-10 Tackle Lead
Jones Remains Reception Leader
Anger Key during Three-Game Win Streak
Offensive Rushing Near 200 Yards Per Game
New Television Streak Started
The Tedford Factor
Tedford and the Pac-10
2003 - Insight Bowl (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49)
Final Two Home Games of Season Open November
Big Improvement on the Road
Three Sellouts this Season
Looking to Equal Consecutive Winning Seasons Streak
Being the Best, Beating the Best
Cal Leading Pac-10 in Turnover Margin, Tied for No. 9 NCAA
Both Cal and Oregon State Fast Starters
Cal's Fourth-Quarter Dominance
Cal In The Fourth Quarter
Lack of Close Games
Two Games to Forget About
Seven Straight 1,000-Yard Rushers
Cal's 1,000-Yard Rushers Since 2002
Cal's State of Oregon Connections
Offense Quick Notes
Defense Quick Notes
Special Teams Quick Notes
Cal Sports Report