Cal Football Postgame Notes - vs. Arizona (Saturday, November 14)

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• 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.

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