Tedford Makes History At Cal
By Ryan Reiswig
In what was a completely opposite game from the previous week, the Cal football team hammered visiting Presbyterian 63-12, rewarding head coach Jeff Tedford with his 75th career victory, a new school record.
Coming off a stressful 36-33 overtime win last Saturday over Colorado, Tedford's Bears threw the first punch and never stopped swinging as they steamrolled the visiting Blue Hose in their first game at their temporary home, AT&T Park.
Tedford, whose 75th win moved him past Andy Smith for number one on Cal's career wins list, watched his offense and defense dominate all afternoon. Cal amassed 581 total yards while allowing just 48. It was a great all around effort for the Bears, and a game Tedford won't soon forget.
"It was very nice," said a teary-eyed Tedford, whose Bears have a 3-0 start to the 2011 season. "It has a lot to do with all the players and coaches over the last nine years and three games. That's who really deserves the credit."
Even though Tedford has just accomplished something football coaches around the country would dream of, becoming the winningest coach at a prestigious university wasn't even on his mind.
"It was just about one year at a time, one game at a time," said Tedford, also the Bears all-time leader in games coached. "It's gone by quickly. I really didn't think about it until this week when I started getting asked a lot of questions about it."
One of the players responsible for many of those 75 wins is senior wide receiver Marvin Jones, who led Cal with seven receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown.
"He's dear to all of our hearts because he's our head coach," said Jones. "He's very happy and feels very accomplished. He stood by the door and everyone was giving him their congratulations."
Tedford has seen many star players come through his program during his tenure at Cal. On top of this year's stars like Jones and fellow wide-out Keenan Allen, current NFL players Kyle Boller, Nnamdi Asomugha, Aaron Rodgers and DeSean Jackson have all played under Tedford. It's not just the stars that are responsible for Tedford's success, however.
"Makes you go back to think about the Kyle Boller's, and the Nnamdi Asomugha's," said Tedford, a former quarterback at Fresno State. "The whole first team that had the best turnaround in college football that first year. There are so many guys, not just the star players. Each and every player over the last ten years who has been on this football team, who help us prepare. The scout team guys, all those guys, they're the reason for it."
On a day in which Tedford accomplished something he'll never forget, his son also accomplished something memorable. Quinn Tedford, a junior wide receiver, caught his first pass as a college player as the game was winding down. It was a fantastic all-around game for the Tedford family.
"I guess that doesn't happen everyday," said Tedford of his son catching a pass in a game he coached. "Over the years it's been a family affair. The support of my wife and my kids has always been there. That makes it extra special."
If not for Presbyterian free safety Justin Bethel, the Blue Hose would've been looking at a 63-0 loss. In a situation very similar to the season opener against Fresno State, all of the points the Blue Hose managed to score were a direct result of mistakes by the Bears. Bethel blocked one of the Bear's few punts in the first quarter and returned it for a touchdown, and also intercepted a pass in the second quarter that he took into the end zone. This is why Tedford still sees room for improvement no matter what the end result is.
"It is huge to start off 3-0, but we all know what is going to be coming at us in conference play," said Tedford. "Every opponent in the Pac-12 is highly competitive. We didn't play well enough today. We had 10 penalties and a blocked punt for a touchdown. We just need to get better at certain things."
With a coach like Tedford at the helm, Cal is bound to continue to improve going into conference play, and Tedford will begin to pad his already impressive record.