Cal Football Postgame Notes - vs. Arizona (Saturday, November 14)
TB Shane Vereen, making his fifth career start and second this season, had 30 rushing attempts for 159 yards, both career highs. It was his third career 100-yard game and it included a 61-yard touchdown run.
LB Devin Bishop sacked Wildcats QB Nick Foles in the fourth quarter, followed later by a combined sack by DE Cameron Jordan and Tyson Alualu, and a final sack combined by Alualu and LB Jarred Price to record just the second, third and fourth sacks allowed by Arizona in Pac-10 play and fifth, sixth and seventh overall by Arizona this season.
Scoring began today with a 46-yard field goal by Cal's Giorgio Tavecchio, the second-longest of his career (51-yard good at ASU), which he duplicated with another 46-yarder to end the first half, ending the game 4-5 (46 good, 22 good, 46 good, 47 NG, 22 good). The last time Cal made four field goals in a game was on Dec. 2, 2006, by Tom Schneider vs. Stanford. Tavecchio is now 8-12 on the season.
WR Marvin Jones caught five of the first seven passes completed by QB Kevin Riley and finished the game with 65 yards. His five receptions are a career high and Jones continues to lead the team with 28 receptions.
The Bears had five plays of 20-or-more yards, bringing their season total to 60. The plays: Marvin Jones 20-yard reception, Verran Tucker 25-yard reception, Skylar Curran 27-yard reception (TD), Jeremy Ross 40-yard punt return, Shane Vereen 61-yard rush (TD).
The all-time series between Cal and Arizona now tilts in the Bears favor, 14-13-2. Cal has won five of the last seven overall, including four straight in Memorial Stadium.
Today's game was the Bears' first against a ranked Arizona team since 1998. The Bears and Jeff Tedford are now 12-13 against Top 25 teams since 2002.
Today was the third game of the 2009 that Cal played as an unranked team, achieving a 3-0 record (winning at UCLA, vs. Washington State and vs. Arizona). The Bears are 4-3 as a ranked team in 2009.
QB Kevin Riley threw a 27-yard TD pass to TE Skylar Curran, Curran's season-long and second score of the season, to give Riley 15 TDs on the season. He entered the game as the Pac-10 co-leader in TD passes. Riley also threw a key downfield block in the first quarter on a broken-play rush by TB Shane Vereen, taking out two defenders to allow Vereen to gain more yardage.
The Bears and Wildcats were both unsuccessful in two-point conversion attempts, Cal's first of the season and the Wildcats' second (both unsuccessful).
Entering the game as the Pac-10 tackles leader, LB Mike Mohamed recorded nine tackles and now has 90 (9.0 per game) on the season.
Jeff Tedford has now compiled a 66-33 (.667) record as Cal's head coach, ranking him fourth on the school's all-time win list with only one more victory needed to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era and move into a tie for third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford is also only two 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 40-25 (.615) mark against Pac-10 opponents.
Today's win, the Bears' seventh of the year, clinched a winning season to tie a school record with eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 (also accomplished 1918-25).
A total of 82 Cal football games (includes the upcoming scheduled 2009 telecast at Washington) have been televised in seven-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford. In the seven years prior, only 41 Cal games were televised.
P Bryan Anger had a four punts with a 42.8 average and put two punts inside the Arizona 20-yard line.
Today's attendance of 53, 347 marked the 37th game in a row of over 50,000 fans at Memorial Stadium over the past six seasons.