Cal Football Postgame Notes - at Stanford (Saturday, November 21)
The Bears came back from a 14-0 deficit to win, 34-28. The last time Cal overcame such a deficit was at the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl, where Cal was losing 21-0 before coming back to win, 42-36.
TB Shane Vereen rushed for career highs of 193 yards and 42 carries with three TDs. His attempts were the most in a game by a Cal player since Terrell Williams had 36 at Rutgers on Nov. 23, 2001 (Cal signle-game record is 46 rushing attempts by Paul Jones vs Wash State Nov. 11, 1978). Vereen, who notched his fourth 100-yard game of his career, was making his third start of 2009 and the sixth of his career, now has rushed for 742 yards and 10 touchdowns on 147 carries. He also leads Cal in all-purpose yardage (1,498 total, 742 rush, 199 receive, 10 punt return, 551 kick return) For his career, the sophomore has 1,453 rushing yards on 289 carries.
With three rushing TDs the Bears have 25 on the season, for the most as a team since 2005 (27). The school record for a season is 34 rushing TDs in 1951.
The interception by LB Mike Mohamed with 1:36 remaining, which ended the Cardinal's final drive at the Cal 3-yard line, was his team-leading third INT and sixth of his career. Entering as the Pac-10 leader in tackles at 9.0 per game, Mohamed also had 10 tackles.
Cal has now won its last 28 games when the Bears score at least 30 points, including six this season.
Cal rushed for 246 yards as a team for the fourth time this season of 200+ yards. The Bears also broke the 200-yard rushing mark against Stanford in the 2008 Big Game (287).
First-quarter total yardage ended with Cal at 213 and Stanford at 143 yards (including the 61-yard TD rush by Gerhart) and a 14-3 Cardinal lead; by game's end, the total yardage was 477 for the Bears vs. 345 for the Cardinal.
The Bears converted 11-of-19 3rd downs (58%); Cal had converted 50% or better on 3rd down only twice before this season - the first two games of the year.
Cal had a season-high 31 first downs, tying the Pac-10 high set twice this season by Oregon.
QB Kevin Riley finished the game 17-31-235 with 1 TD and 1 INT. He also rushed nine times for 33 yards.
P Bryan Anger had a punt blocked in the first quarter, his first blocked punt since vs. UCLA on Oct 25, 2008
K Vince D'Amato connected on a field goal from 21 yards for Cal's first points of the day late in the first quarter to end a 70-yard drive that consumed 3:47. The FG was D'Amato's first score since his 29-yard FG vs. USC on Oct. 3. He also added the final Cal points with a 28-yard FG to go with 4-4 PAT.
TE Anthony Miller returned to action after a two-game absence with a knee injury and made three receptions for 53 yards.
TB Isi Sofele made a catch off a shovel pass from Kevin Riley for 13 yards in the first quarter, Sofele's longest catch of the season, and added one rush for 8 yards before leaving with 2:39 in the game following his tackle on a kickoff return.
PR/DB Syd'Quan Thompson made his first punt return since Game 3 at Minnesota.
The Bears' 14-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a Shane Vereen TD late in the first half had the second-highest number of plays in a drive for Cal this season (15 plays, 81 yards vs. Oregon State). Cal also had a 92-yard TD drive (second longest - 94 at UCLA) on 11 plays.
WR Marvin Jones caught four passes and finished the game with 45 yards and a TD. Jones continues to lead the team with 32 receptions and six TDs by reception.
The Golden Bears have now won five of their last six contests.
Cal has had the upper hand in the Big Game of late with seven wins in the last eight annual matchups between the schools.
Stanford now leads the all-time series, 55-46-1.
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford coached his 100th game today and has now equaled the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era. Tedford has compiled a 67-33 (.670) overall record in his eighth season as Cal's head coach. He ranks fourth on the school's all-time win list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25), James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15) and Waldorf. Tedford is only 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. Tedford is 6-1 in Big Games and has also led his teams to school records of six straight bowl games (5-1 record), four consecutive postseason victories and eight consecutive winning campaigns (ties school record). Cal has been bowl eligible for each of the last eight years under Tedford for the first time in school history.
Tedford has compiled a 41-26 (.612) 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) have placed at least fourth in the final league standings with the 2004 squad taking second. His current squad is tied for fifth but within two games of the top of the conference standings. No other Cal coach has won at least 60 percent of his conference games since Pappy Waldorf was 40-21-4 (.646) from 1947-56.
The 61-yard touchdown run by Stanford's Toby Gerhart on the Cardinal's first possession ended a three-play, 67-yard drive that spanned 1:36, the quickest score to start a game against the Bears in 2009 (previous fastest score allowed to start game was a 5:10 drive ending with a TD by USC on Oct. 3, 2009). Gerhart's 4 rushing TDs tied a single-Big Game record (both previously set by Cal players: Chuck Muncie, 1975; and Lindsey Chapman , 1993)
The Cal offense produced three plays from the line of scrimmage of at least 20 yards today and has now posted 62 after 11 games in 2009. The Bears have had 42 different passing plays go at least 20 yards to 11 different receivers (WR Marvin Jones - 10, TE Anthony Miller - 7, WR Jeremy Ross - 5, WR Verran Tucker - 5, TB Jahvid Best - 3, WR Nyan Boateng - 3, TB Shane Vereen - 3, FB Brian Holley - 2, TE Skylar Curran - 2, WR Jarrett Sparks - 1, WR Alex Lagemann - 1). On the ground,Jahvid Best has accounted for 12 of the 19 runs for 20 or more yards, while Vereen has four, TB Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson has two, and TB Isi Sofele and Ross have one apiece.
Cal will play its final regular-season contest of 2009 on the road and has a 4-1 mark in its first five road contests of 2009, with victories at Minnesota (Sept. 19), UCLA (Oct. 17), Arizona State (Oct. 31) and Stanford (Nov. 21) 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 has played 24 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a respectable 13-13 record in those contests.
Cal has posted at least 400 yards of total offense in seven of its first 11 games in 2009 and has been over 500 yards twice.
Cal, which began the weekend ranked No. 25 in the BCS, is 3-0 when playing as an unranked team in 2009, while posting a 5-3 mark when ranked.